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We are deep into 2013 – have you added the Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald Green, to your home décor yet?


In the beginning of the year when the color was announced we did a blog on the Emerald Green (January 16) and now we are just curious if anyone has used it to update their home.

decor accessories

Pantone describes the color as “Lively. Radiant. Lush. A color of elegance and beauty that embraces our sense of well being, balance and harmony.”

Emerald Green fabric

Green is abundant in nature and our eyes see more green than any other color in the spectrum on a daily basis. The chlorophyll in plants give them their varying shades and hues of green. Many of the names for various colors of green have come from plants – fern, forest, laurel, moss, pine, sage, olive, to name a few. Ireland is often referred to as the Emerald Isle and Seattle as the Emerald City because of their lush greenery created by their large amounts of rainfall.


Emerald green however was not a natural color when it first came into use. Emerald green was first developed in 1814 and used by artists, in home décor and for patterned wallpaper. The chemical name is copper-acetoarsenite. And as you can imagine from the name, the components were poisonous. When the number of deaths increased from it’s wide spread use and the addition of dyed clothing around the early 1900’s, the original formula was not used any more. Today we have far more natural ways to create this gorgeous blue-green hue associated with the precious May birthstone.


There are some easy ways to bring your home more up to date by incorporating Emerald Green in small doses. You can add plants, paint a piece of furniture, buy a few new accessories, or paint an accent wall green –

Adding small amounts of color

And of course you can always add some fun throw pillows to liven things up –

some fun pillows

Some more daring folks will add Emerald Green furniture or our favorite – window treatments –

Emerald Green draperies

Undecided? Kim can help you pick the right accent piece for your home in the Pantone Color of the Year Emerald Green or any other color that helps keep your home décor up to date and fun. Call Kim today – 513-398-5798 or email –