Emerald vs. Monaco Blue

Elie Saab’s Blue Blossoms

Before Pantone could announce that Emerald had indeed been chosen as the 2013 Color of the Year, there were whispers that Monaco Blue was about to steal the show.  Perhaps because this color, which “falls between bright cobalt and sapphire blue but with a shot of sparkle,” topped the list of Pantone’s Spring Fashion Color Trends and we saw so much of it down the runway last fall.  Blogs were abuzz about the proposed choice – some loved the regal nature of the color and its versatility (especially after a year of Tangerine Tango) while others found the choice quite boring.

Blue Hues

Blue Bauble

Then December 6th came and went, and we all celebrated the lively, radiant, lush color that is Emerald… “A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony,” according to Pantone and the blogs were abuzz again.

Valentino’s Emerald Elegance

It would make sense that the world-renown authority on color would follow a year filled with energetic orange with a color that symbolizes new life in many cultures.  Given it’s natural hue, we love this choice.  But then again, we love blue hues, too, so we’ll be adding a bit of both to our lives this year.

Great Greens

Bounkit Emerald Earrings

How about you – will you be true blue or going green this year?

Photos via Pinterest, CocoCozy, Piperlime, Vogue, Brunch at Saks and Net-A-Porter

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  • Reply pve January 23, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I love them both. Did you happen to see the emeralds on the lobes of Beyonce at the Inauguration?

  • Reply The Enchanted Home January 23, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Drooling over all this gorgeous saturated color! Love them both…..always have. Your example are stunning…those Ellie Saab dresses,sigh. Have a great day!

  • Reply the zhush January 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Kinda loving them both…and maybe together?

  • Reply Taylor Greenwalt January 23, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Beautiful images…love all the color! I think were going to see a combo of blue and green this year

  • Reply stitchfork January 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Both! Two of my favorite colors and I just couldn’t choose between them!

  • Reply KATHYSUE January 23, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    Probably a little more true blue, but with touches of green always!!!
    Happy Wednesday,

  • Reply pretty pink tulips January 23, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I think I’m going green! I have been drawn to the color for the past year, so felt like it was a perfect choice for Color of the Year! But, that monaco blue is stunning….I wouldn’t put it out of the running for next year!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply Georgica Pond January 23, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I have predominantly blue all over my house but am inspired this year to introduce some dashes of green. Starting with some toile cushions, and we’ll see how it goes!

  • Reply Leslie January 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Those drop earrings are gorgeous! I have always been a fan of blue.. but I don’t wear a lot of green so I’ll have to think about that:)


  • Reply claudia lane January 23, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Oh I love them both they are such beautiful hues…I like the blue image with the beautifully arranged plates, it’s simply divine. Have a wonderful day. Cx

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita January 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I love them both – beautiful colors. But this year, I seem to be all about the turquoise!

  • Reply Donna with A Designer's Perspective January 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I love both colors!! Emerald is my favorite, but the blue is gorgeous too.


  • Reply Haus and Home January 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Ohhhh my, these are DIVINE!

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