10 Ways to Use Emerald in your Home

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Every year I look forward to hearing Pantone’s color of the year.  Past favorites include turquoise (LOVE!), tangerine, and honeysuckle.  This year, Emerald was named the ‘it’ color of 2013.  Green is typically a color I adore, but as you can see from my Signature Style board I tend to stay on the lighter side, ‘jade’ being about as dark as I go.

Pantone Color of the Year 2013: Emerald

When I asked about the color on Facebook, reviews were mixed.  Some are embracing it full force and others are having nightmares of silk blouses from 1982.

As with all trends, if Emerald is a color you love then by all means jump on it!  Now that I’m narrowing down my personal style, I decided to look for ways to test the Emerald waters without jumping in with both feet.  It’s a color that can be overpowering when used in large quantities (but NOT overpowering if you want to give me emeralds, just clarifying for my husband).   On that note, here’s a few ways to use it as a pop of color or a focal point in your home without totally going to the Emerald City– unless you personally love lions and tigers and bears (oh my!)

10 Ways to Use Emerald in your Home

1. Throw Pillows

You know how much I love a Greek Key pattern, so this pillow with Emerald trim is woo-ing me beyond belief.

Greek Key Throw Pillow {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald}

Why buy the couch when you can turn it green with envy?  These throw pillows are gorgeous without going all 80s on us.

{Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald}

2.  Curtain Call

Emerald green curtains are luxurious and definitely make a statement.  These green chevron curtains are simple yet bold:

 chevron curtains {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald}


Or keep it streamlined with plain green curtains that make a strong, rich statement.  And oh my, that wall color!

chevron curtains {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald}{source}

These malachite curtains are stunners, but if you aren’t ready to take that risk then green bottles on your bar cart are easy AND delicious.  😉

malachite curtains {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald} {source}

3.  Art as a Start

Art adds life to a home.  This emerald deer is funky and fun, and happens to combine three hot trends right now: antlers, silhouettes, and emerald.

deer art {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald} {source}

If you like a vintage vibe, grab a paintbrush and paint a frame or find one from a seller on Etsy.  A mirror or simple black and white art would look amazing surrounded by Emerald.

green frame {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald}

4.  Vintage Emerald for Modern Inspiration

What’s old is usually new again, and sure enough it turns out Emerald has been around a looong time.  Green is luxe, it’s rich, it signifies growth and healing and prosperity.  Why do you think it’s featured so prominently in my latest obsession, Downton Abbey?

Downton Abbey {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald}{source}

Green glass is all over the place, online and at your local thrift store.  Plus it can often be picked up for a song since until recently green wasn’t among the most desirable shades to buy.

vintage green glass {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald}

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5. Plant it

Emerald will pop with just about any metallic color such as these succulents in vintage silver goblets.  And amazingly I just found the same goblet at a thrift store yesterday– for $2.50.  Who says Emerald needs to cost major bucks?

succulents {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald}

6.  Furniture

The living areas of my home are decorated in a neutral palette– a neutral palette just begging for a boldly painted piece of furniture like these amazing chairs.

green vintage chairs {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald} {source}

More vintage love.  This time, in an emerald-ish filing cabinet.

vintage filing cabinet {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald} {source}

7.  Off the Wall

This one definitely requires a deep breath and jumping in with both feet, but WOW what a look!  This is Feather and Bloom wallpaper in Emerald and Ore.

bloom wallpaper {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald} {source}

If you love the color Emerald embrace it– all over your walls.  It’s so crisp and fresh, paired with white!

green and white walls {Emerald} {source}

8.  Floored

This is definitely a bold look for Emerald lovers.  Paired with a neutral stairway, that rug is the star.

entryway ideas {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald} {source}

9.  A-door-able (um.  a cute way of saying doors.)

Paint is one of the easiest ways to add a trendy color to your space, and a door is a fun place to try it out!  This barn door?  LOVE.

barn door {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald} {source}

10.  Book It

Scour your thrift store for some vintage books with Emerald bindings.  Often classic books in beautiful shades can be found for a few dollars, but if you don’t have time to search, sellers such as this one on Etsy have done the hard work for you.

vintage books {Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald}

As for me, I’m playing it safe and finding ways to infuse my life with Emerald a little at a time– even if it does turn out to be a miserable, sloppy failure.  BLERG.

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Want more?  A bunch of my blogging besties teamed up to showcase the various sides of Emerald.  Take a moment and visit these awesome ladies and say hi.  You’re going to discover some new blogs to love, I’m sure of it!  Simply click each photo below to be taken to that post.


Meet Carrie Higgins

Dreamer, thinker, + lemon squeezer; you'll usually find me clutching a mug of coffee, glue gun, fandeck of paint colors, and a child at any given time. This mom of two (and wife to one) loves to share freshly squeezed ideas for home and family. Join the adventure as we learn most lemons can indeed become lemonade-- with generous amounts of sweetness, perspective, and love.

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  1. i am not an emerald lover (i just took darlene’s quiz!) but you have me questioning myself with these amazing images!!!!! i LOVE those curtains!!!! and the deer art, well i need that-so fun! great images, carrie. my wheels are spinning!

  2. Beautiful images and inspirations for bringing a little or a lot of Emerald into our homes…” Emerald City” isn’t for me personally but I am amazed at how many clients are asking for it. My answer is similar to yours… if you love it than lets embrace it… but remember a room designed around this colour will have an invisible post it note on it that says “Done in 2013”!

  3. Gorgeous post! If it’s good enough for Lady Mary, it’s good enough for me!

  4. Emerald can be a tricky color, but you showcased it beautifully! I especially love those throw pillows. I’ve always had a weakness for emerald-colored fashion accessories. I was excited to see them popping up in stores this month.


  5. Oh amazing curtains where can I buy them ? Please help with this

    • Hi Lila, unfortunately the website where I got that photo doesn’t have a source. If it’s the green chevron curtains you’re talking about, perhaps Google will be able to find them? If not, you could paint them yourself if you like to DIY!

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