How To Add 2013's Color Of The Year To Your Home

When Pantone LLC announced that emerald green was its Color of the Year for 2013, reaction among designers and interior consultants was mixed. I was one who applauded them!

The company, Pantone, which creates and matches colors for the home and fashion industries, picks a top hue each year based on current use and expected continued popularity.

For me, emerald green’s boldness means it should be used only as an accent. My experience tells me you either love it or hate it. Greens have been strong for a while because of interest in nature, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone’s research arm known as the Pantone Color Institute, has said. She calls green “a color of growth, renewal, healing, unity and regeneration.”

So can you decorate with emerald green without becoming overwhelmed by it? Yes you can but you’ve got to be careful.  There’s no getting around it, emerald is flat-out dramatic. Which means its best used in small doses, as accessories.  

For those liking the color enough to consider paint, I suggest this; True emerald should go in tiny spaces like foyers or powder rooms, and then dining rooms, which always benefit from a theatrical touch. But it’s too harsh a color for rooms in which you linger in my opinion.

In contrast to any other color family, the human eye perceives that no two greens clash. This is because we’re accustomed to seeing every variant of green coexisting harmoniously in nature so it’s perfect for accessories like pillows, table top accessories, lamps, dish and stone ware and of course draperies .
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