It happens every year at this time. You stand in front of your closet searching for something green to wear to get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day (or, more likely, to ensure you don’t get pinched). You might have an easier time finding something fashionable in the stores this year, because emerald has been named the Pantone 2013 Color of the Year. The color that Pantone describes is “lively, radiant, lush…a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony,” and can even make your home come to life. Whether you’re willing to boldly paint your walls with the regal color or tastefully mix it into your decor with rich-hued accessories, here are three easy ways to introduce emerald into your interiors this year.

1. Jump Right In

Want to really make a statement? Paint your walls in emerald green. Although emerald is a vibrant, energetic hue, the color green overall is considered calming, which makes it ideal for bedrooms. Patterned textiles like this Du Barry linen blend by Osborne & Little contrasts the green against a creamy white and features a bold geometric pattern creates a dynamic backdrop for nearly any type of décor.


Du Barry linen blend by Osborne & Little, Courtesy Of: Elle Decor

A striking piece of furniture like this antique Chinese cabinet is another easy way to add interest and depth to your décor. Or, if your style is more glam than worldly, add a piece like this Hollywood Regency lacquer sideboard to your dining room.

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Chinese Cabinet Courtesy Of:

2. Wade Around

Need your emerald fix in smaller doses? Concentrate on pieces that saturate color and support your design motif, like this striking oil painting  or this pop art piece. This Moroccan table is just the piece to add a bit of brightly hued whimsy, and can slip easily into almost any eclectic design.


Recline in Green Kimono, Stephanie Rew, 2012. Courtesy Of:

3. Dip a Toe

If you’re not one to purchase a piece that’s bigger than a breadbox in a color that’s out of your comfort zone, you can still play in the emerald pool, by adding a few key accessories. A beautiful vase or a set of antique lamps give you a quick pops of color while adding another layer of interest to your existing space.


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Take a look at how some of these homes from used emerald or rich green hues in their interiors. Will you go bold with your emerald tones, or take baby steps with the color of the year?


1400 Sunset Drive
Pacific Grove, CA 93950


40 Verbalee Lane
Hillsborough, CA 94010


9541 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


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