Emerging Emerald


Photograph by Summertime Entertainment

Going green has never been more in style and I don’t just mean environmentally. Pantone recently announced emerald (Pantone 17-5641) as the 2013 color of the year and we love how it looks at home.  Are you hesitant to decorate with emerald and risk turning your home into the City of Oz? Well we’ve got you covered. Simply, follow these 5 tips on how to decorate using the 2013’s color of the year to create a sophisticated yet fun and lively look in your home.

Emerald Bathroom

Photograph by Casey Dunn

Keep It Simple: Emerald walls are a bold statement on their own, so don’t crowd them with a bunch of picture frames, shelving, and other wall décor. Keeping walls bare, with few fixtures will create a chic and polished look.  This room is simple but the wall color is so engaging you forget that it is actually a bathroom.

Emerald Chairs

Photograph by Jentatertots

Add On: If painting an emerald wall is too bold for your taste yet you love this color and want to use it in your space, try adding it as an accent color.  In this neutral dining room, the emerald chairs are the perfect pop of color. They add a touch of luxury and elegance too.

Emerald Living Room

Photograph by Sveinung Bråthen

Complement It: Don’t be afraid to add a few accent colors to your emerald space.  Complimentary colors of emerald are greys, whites, black, muted yellows and golds. This living room shows how to mix in a couple complimentary colors that add an eclectic flare.

Emerald Accessories

Photograph by Tisha Clapp

Accessorize: Inspired by this year’s color yet not ready to make major décor changes? Then simply add a few emerald pieces to your space. Think pillows, a vase, or a lamp or two. It may be just that pop of color you desire.

3 Day Blinds

Blind Ambition: This family room by Atlanta Interior Designer Cristi Holcombe, uses emerald lamps and throw pillows to give this room a chic and sophisticated look. Which one of these window treatments would you use to polish this room off?

  1. Curtain & Drapery Panels- Savannah Lemon
  2. Cellular Shades- Softlight TrippleCell Stone
  3. Woven Wood Shades- Cape Cod Alpine White