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Emerald deserves another look in home design before ending its reign as 2013s color

October 04, 2013

Hardwood FloorsAlready, there's speculation that blue, expected to be an important runway color next spring, could be a front-runner for 2014's color of the year. But before 2013 is over, this year's Pantone Color Institute reigning hue, emerald green, deserves another look at how it's best used in home design. For one thing, it's a natural complement to wood floors, including the warm tones of Anderson Floors' Old West Plank collection.

Abundance of green
Although emerald is often a color seen as luxurious and sophisticated, green is also the hue that's most abundant in nature and can play a role in balancing different colors because of its versatility as both a neutral and an accent. That's the kind of quality that ensures a color scheme that homeowners would want to keep around for a while.

"Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world," said Leatrice Eiseman, the institute's executive director. "[But] there will be the consumer's expectation of practicality - what colors will have staying power and can be relied upon as a steadying influence."

Around the house
If there's any place where people want to feel their well-being is in harmony with their surroundings it's in their homes. Colors like emerald green can be used to rejuvenate a room design with accents and accessories in this jewel hue. In a living room, it may be an accent wall while a dining room can be accessorized with collectibles that feature emerald as a main color.

A kitchen is a natural place to play up the connection between green in nature with a selection of herbs for cooking or plants for decoration. Emerald accents can range from a window valance to storage bins on a counter. In entryways, an emerald all-weather rug over hardwood floors is a good combination.

Easy ways in which to accessorize a room include textured cushions in colors that contrast with neutral walls, vintage pieces that can be paired with modern furniture for a mix of old and new and functional art such as a beautifully designed clock. Integrating a new color can also be done with photo frames, decorative throws and pillows.

Using emerald to paint a series of frames in different shapes, for instance, creates a connection between photographs or artwork in a wall gallery. All black and white photos framed in a jewel tone is a chic contemporary look.