Interior Obsessions – Emerald


As St. Patrick’s Day sits just around the corner, I began to think a little about emerald green in the home. As Pantone’s color of the year for 2013, emerald is currently a hot commodity, but it’s not the easiest color to use, especially for those not used to making a color statement. The easiest way to start adding emerald to your home is to start small. Try a vase, a pillow, perhaps a bedcover. Or limit your green to a lampshade or single chair. As beautiful as emerald can be, the goal is not to end in the land of Oz.

Although the jewel tone can sit quite nicely against a darker or more muted wood, the strongest combinations include white (which helps keep the green from becoming overwhelming,) with either black or blue accents. My favorite combination is emerald, white and robin’s egg blue. There’s something about the blue that helps tone down the effect of the green and keeps it from feeling too intense. And don’t forget to play with pattern and texture to keep your greens from feeling flat – a malachite accessory or textured pillow can make all the difference.

How have you added green into your home?

(above) Emerald Upholstery


Green and Robin’s Egg Blue + Paired with Aqua


Jeweled Dining


Green and White Bath


Emerald Mosaics + Bright Green Chevron

Amy wrote this post. She is the designer and owner of FormFire Glassworks, where she creates modern lampwork glass beads and jewelry, and by day designs custom homes for a small firm in Southern California. You can follow her twitter @formfireglass.

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Congratulations for your blog. I have a very new one and I´ve published a post about emerald green too.
Here´s the link, perhaps you will want to see it.
I hope you´ll like it. (and sorry for my terrible english)
Best regards

(María) MARQ / gzgz

Love the green and white bath..

janika R

Love the green and white bath..

janika R

Emerald, Pantone’s color of the year for 2013. What are you working on with Emerald hints?

IndieMade (@IndieMade)

Born in May Tanya? Emerald is my birthstone too!


I have always loved emerald, Maybe because its my birthstone. i love the Wall in the bathroom that color, It really pops out.


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