emerald color of the year

Going Green

Written on February 3, 2013 at 12:00 pm , by

Perhaps you’ve heard that the color Emerald was announced in December by Pantone as the Color of the Year for 2013 and it has taken the fashion and interior design world by storm.  Green has been lingering in the shadows for a while and this year is its turn in the limelight with vivid emerald at the forefront. 

Emerald is a rich, bold jewel tone that is beautiful as an accent nestled among neutrals and also as a complement to other jewel tones. All shades of green are reminiscent of nature and harmony, so I rounded up a few ideas for using green in your home in large and small doses.

Softer shades of green like celadon and sage are always soothing. In this coastal inspired kitchen, sea green is used on both the backsplash and kitchen island to create an inviting cottage feel.

 

seaside green kitchen backsplash and paint bhg

 

A deeper shade of olive brings sophistication to a kitchen finished in a glass brick pattern backsplash, playing off the foliage seen observed outside the window.

 

olive green tile bhg

 

In the bedroom, a punch of shamrock green is introduced with tailored upholstered headboards and bed skirts, while fern green duvet and shams brightens an otherwise neutral space below.

 

shamrock green headboards bhg

 

green bedding bhg

 

Paint is an easy way to bring a dose of green into your home – a fresh lime green painted dresser will perk up any bedroom.  

 

lime green dresser bhg

 

Consider painting mismatched chairs in a distressed apple green finish for a French farmhouse inspired dining space. 

 

painted green chairs bhg

 

Mint is another color that showing signs of popularity this spring among the design community and it’s a perfect choice for vintage style chairs layered on a fun striped rug.

 

mint green chairs and rug bhg

 

For an unexpected twist on a traditional hallway, paint your gallery of frames a vivid Kelly green and finish off the staircase with a painted runner to match. 

 

green frames in hall bhg

 

Chartreuse is a sunny shade with the obvious presence of yellow in the mix and looks fresh in a white bathroom paired with a colorful shower curtain to complement.

 

floral shower curtain and green paint bhg

 

Whether it’s tile, paint, textiles, or accessories you choose, incorporating shades of green into your home’s decor is sure to brighten and invigorate any space. 

 

green ottomans and baskets bhg

green throw pillows bhg

 

What is your favorite shade of green and how have you used it in your home?

 

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