Design Trend: Emerald Green

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Emerald Green. It’s the perfect color to refresh your decor for Spring, so I’ve put together some inspirational color palettes and some tips for using this fun, energetic jewel tone.

{Emerald + Black = Energized Romance}

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Benjamin Moore Emerald Isle 2039-20 | Graham and Brown Kinky Vintage in Naughty Noir | World Market White Oval Adella Mirror | World Market Klara Antique Candlestick Table Lamp

{Emerald + Chocolate Brown = Earthy Luxury}

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Benjamin Moore Fresh Brew 1232 | Room and Board Murphy Sofa in Emerald | Ikea Koldby Cowhide Rug | West Elm Faceted Ceramic Side Table | The Lamp Boutique Alex Ceramic Table Lamp

{Emerald + Gray = Modern Fun}

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World Market Green Grass Knitted Pouf | Ikea Jonosfar Pendant Lamp in Green | Ikea Kivik Sofa and Chaise in Dansbo Dark Gray | West Elm Origami Coffee Table | Target Room 365 Interlocking Geometric Window Panel in Green | Target Venice Area Rug in Gray | Divine Designs Mirrored 20×20 Outdoor Pillow, Green | Divine Designs Zigzag 20×20 Outdoor Pillow, Green

{Emerald + Peacock Blue = Youthful Sophistication}

pantone color of the year, emerald, design, color, palette

Ikea Vaster Led Pendant Lamp | CB2 Avec Peacock Apartment Sofa | World Market Green Origami Throw Pillow | Joss and Main Helena Bench | Pretty Patterns Catchall, Scalloped Arches Green

{Tips for Using Emerald Green}

  1. Emerald works best with colors of the same intensity, so stay away from tones that are too muted (like pastels).
  2. Add shine – Emerald looks great when accessorized with metallics like polished nickel, gold, and brass (a design trend of its own right now) and with mercury glass and mirror.
  3. When using Emerald on the walls, an eggshell or pearl finish usually works best. Also, try using a light gray/beige (think oatmeal) for the ceiling. White can be too stark of a contrast and the warmer shade will feel more intimate and thought-out.
  4. If using Emerald fabrics for draperies or upholstery, think of using more reflective fabrics like velvet and silks. The sheen will add depth and dimension to the material, and will highlight the jewel tone color.


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11 thoughts on “Design Trend: Emerald Green

    1. chiredesign Post author

      Thanks Anna! I love emerald – and after the icky winter weather we are STILL having here in Chicago this is a trend I’m more than willing to jump on board with. I need more green in my life right now 🙂

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