January 7, 2013

6 Ways to Use Emerald–2013 Colour of the Year


Emerald – the Pantone colour of the year for 2013 is a bright, bold shade of green, that you will see incorporated into many interiors over the next year or so.  Will it work?  That depends.


Source: Pantone – www.pantone.com

This colour is a strong one and unless you are in love with it, you are not likely to paint your walls with it.  However, if you are trend conscious, there are plenty of other ways you can us this colour in your home. 

Here are 6 ways you can incorporate Emerald into your home decor:

1) Throw pillows are one of the easiest ways to refresh your decor and incorporate a new colour.  Depending on your colour scheme you could add bold emerald pillows, or you could go with patterns that incorporate a touch of emerald.

2) Add an area carpet.  An area carpet is the foundation of every room.  Use them on hardwood or over wall-to-wall carpeting to set the tone for your decor.  Using an area carpet with emerald allows you to pull that colour throughout the room without it looking out of place.

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3) Put emerald on your table.  Adding emerald accents to your dining table is a lovely way to incorporate the colour.  Pair it with a crisp white and you will have a bold clean look that will have you dreaming of springtime!

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Source: Tobi Fairley’s take on an Emerald table via At Home Magazine via www.redoitdesign.com
4) Add accent furniture pieces in emerald.  Either in hard furniture or in upholstery, a pop of emerald will catch the eye and allow you to incorporate other elements, such as accessories or throw pillows in complementary colours.

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5) Use greenery.  Whether flower arrangements or houseplants, real or imitation, greenery can bring the outdoors in.  And during the cold winter months it is a gentle reminder that spring is just around the corner.

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6) Add emerald accessories or artwork.  Again that bright pop of emerald will catch the eye and add a wonderfully unique element to your home.

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Source: Room designed by Amanda Nisbet via La Dolce Vita blog

However you do it, have fun with it.  Try a combination of the above, and where it make sense use groups of 3 or 5 (as in your accessories) so that the colour does not seem out of place.

If you do add emerald, I’d love to hear about it!

Happy decorating!



  1. Loved your examples of using emerald in the home. I just blogged about using the same color in the garden. Here it is:


    Happy new year!

    1. Thanks Pam. You are right about the different shade of Emerald that Pantone is using, seems more blue green than emerald.

  2. Great post Donna. I love those area rugs!


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