Goodbye, Tangerine Tango. Hello, Emerald Green. Pantone, the authority on all things color, has crowned Emerald Green as its queen for 2013 and we’re pleasantly surprised at all of the emerald green popping up in kids’ decor and clothing. While emerald isn’t usually a go-to color for anyone under the age of, well, 46, we like how it adds a pop of warmth to your daughter’s all-pink-all-the-time wardrobe and a strong base color for your son’s already colorful closet. This is the one case when seeing green is perfectly acceptable… emerald green, that is!

All Tied Up
Add a quick pop of emerald green to their favorite kicks, just by changing out the laces! Available in two lengths, these laces by Crewcuts ($4 a pair) are inexpensive and easy to change out as soon as emerald green becomes “so last school year, MOM!”


Love Birds that Love Emerald Green
Tweet, tweet! A sweet addition to any nursery or little girl’s room, these Emerald Green Love Birds ($18, izzybizzyME via Etsy) are the perfect way to get an emerald green gallery wall started. Grab a frame from Ikea and you’re good to go, or, use some of this Emerald Grid Washi Tape ($4 a roll, MooseArt via Etsy) to attach it to the wall on its own.


Groovin’ in Green
Okay, do they make this in our size? The Blended Tutu ($34, Land of Nod) is so incredibly twirl-a-licious, we can hardly stand it. And, in shades of green, including emerald, she’s going to shine brighter than an emerald when she wears it. Psst! The waistband is super stretchy to fit kiddos of all ages… um, and maybe even a mom or two.


Say it in Emerald Green
Say it loud and say it proud… in emerald green! Twistmo does vinyl wall decals in all different fonts, sizes and colors, including in this bright pop of emerald green. These bold circus-inspired letters ($30 via Etsy) are some of our favorites — add them to a plain white wall or one with a bold color underneath for instant emerald room decor.


Dinosaurs Go RAWR for Emerald 
This dinosaur is slightly upset that Pantone stole his signature color. After all, nobody does emerald green like a dino. Perfectly sized for your toddler or preschooler, the Beatrix Little Kid Percival Backpack ($42, Wayfair) is made from laminated canvas and features a hidden pocket inside for special treasures… a.k.a. rocks.


Don’t Fly Away, Little Butterflies!
Butterflies come in all of the colors of the rainbow, but we prefer them in emerald green! Each one is handcrafted and ready to stick on their wall, your kiddos will have fun placing them and you’ll have fun reminding them every five-minutes to stop touching them. Available in a set of 10 ($22, Hip and Clavicle via Etsy).


Green for You, Green for Me
In case you haven’t noticed, TOMS are all the rage in kid-fashion. And, looks like this cool, easy-to-wear brand is jumping on the emerald green bandwagon too! Available in toddler sizes 2-11 the TOMS Earthwise Green Bimini Tiny Vegan Classics ($34, TOMS) are made of hemp, which is super breathable for sweaty little feet. Plus, every time you buy a pair of TOMS, they give a pair to a child in need.


With Rings on Her Fingers and Bows in Her Hair
We’ve got you covered on that “bows in her hair” thing… The great thing about emerald green is that it looks quite nice in with every hair color — from blondies to brunettes to gingers, this Emerald Green Wool Felt Hair Bow ($4, Masterpieces of Fun Art via Etsy) is actually a non-slip clip. Pop it onto a ponytail or use it to keep her bangs out of her face while she rides her scooter like a you-know-what out of you-know-where.


Take Emerald Green Hi-Toppin’
Incorporating emerald green into your little girl’s wardrobe and room is much easier than your little guy’s… until now. Emerald green, meet Converse Chuck Taylor Super Hi Shoes ($37, Zappos). With that hip, turn-down top, he’ll be jumping on the emerald train with two feet — two feet laced up in emerald green sneakers!


The Coziest Color on the Block
Pretty in green it is! If you really want to transform their bedroom to align with Pantone’s Color of the Year suggestion, the Peyton Bedding Collection ($33 and up, Pottery Barn Teen) is the way to do it. Transitioning her from the everything-is-pink bedroom that she’s had for years into a more mature on-the-way-to-teenager-land bedroom? This color and modern graphic pattern are a nice way to get there.


What emerald green picks do you have for your little ones this year?

–Katie Kavulla

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