Emerald Green: 3 Ways to Add 2013’s Color the Year to Your Home Decor

Color the year, Emerald green decor.

Pantone declared green the color of 2013. Do you know how to use it?

Are you wondering how to incorporate emerald green, the Color of the Year according to Pantone, in your home decor? I have some fabulous ideas for you.

Emerald green is an energizing jewel-tone that’s both luxurious and earthy at the same time. Green is actually the most abundant hue in nature and the human eye is also able to see more green than any other color in the spectrum. Of course, there’s also emeralds, which derive their hue from the elements chromium or vanadium. The color bespeaks both elegance and verdancy, a wonderful combination that is rare in the color world.

I love emerald green–it’s bright, refreshing, evocative of nature and signifies renewal and rebirth–but I wasn’t actually sure how to decorate with it when Pantone announced it as the color of 2013. That’s when I went on a quest to figure out how to bring it into my home to help brighten, freshen and add a sophisticated flair to my decor. And what  I discovered was that whether using it in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom or the office, emerald green is a wonderful way to add some rejuvenating lushness to your home. Check out these emerald green decor ideas:

1. Plants as Decor

One of the easiest ways to add emerald flair to your home is with plants. Plants can add a bit of lushness and hominess in one fell swoop. They can also help detoxify your home too! It’s a good idea to start with low-maintenance house plants if you’re new to indoor plants.

2. Paint Color Ideas

Don’t be afraid to go bold with emerald green. While a whole room painted in emerald might be a bit much, try painting just one wall with it. Or try color-blocking or an ombre effect–two trendy painting techniques. A painted emerald floor with white walls would also make a refreshingly bold statement. Remember to choose greener paints though no matter what your painting project.

*Tip – Behr Premium Plus, which is low-VOC and low-odor, has two emerald shades: Emerald Lake and Emerald Coast.

3. DIY Home Decor Projects

Of course, one of the easiest ways to bring any color into your home is with decor. Add some throw pillows, a few colored vases, a new rug and curtains and voila, you’ve changed the whole vibe of your home.

Here are few do-it-yourself project ideas to help you emerald ‘green’ your home:

Image: JillianReneDecor

Jen Wallace

Jen Wallace shares her indie life by writing about making, creating, cooking, learning, playing, decorating, and pretty much anything else that strikes her fancy from indie biz tips to the modern history of the American hemline.