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Design Thought: Emerald-Take it or Leave it?

Pantone recently announced its color pick for 2013 and I am quite happy with their choice. As Pantone says it, emerald is “lively, radiant, lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our well-being, balance and harmony.” It is a color taken from nature and so I thought you can’t go wrong with it. It also reminds me of  the waters of Palawan’s underground river.
Tourists approaching the cave of Palawan's amazing Subterranean River system

But green is not for everyone. I, for example, personally think it’s a borderline between tacky and refreshing. I would never use emerald  (or any green in particular) on walls and tiles no matter how many interior design blogs and magazines swear by it. It’s just not for me. The commitment is just too scary. I may love it for a day but I know I would hate myself for doing so.

I painted our kitchen apple green with the thought of doing something daring and “refreshing.” (Apple green was my signature color as a graphic designer.) Now, I regret the decision and I can’t tell my husband that I want to have the kitchen walls repainted. (Sorry for the image. This was supposed to be a “before” picture.) I should have stuck with a neutral color and chose green for accents like curtains or kitchen utensils.

So if you hate commitment or just fickle-minded like me, I advise not to use “trendy” colors on your wall, unless you have the budget and time to change it every now and then. Because as we all know it, a trend fades away eventually.

Not exactly the color I would commit myself to.

Certainly not for me either.

On the brighter side, this color of the year gives you the reason to add a bit of nature into your home. Most of us are not lucky enough to have a yard for a garden, so a few plants, either real or synthetic, is a sure way to have emerald in your home.

Matching green with gold can have an elegant effect without being too overwhelming. I love how those green and gold striped throw pillows make those two lamps and sunburst wall decor seem so expensive. If you have an existing lamp, you can always spray paint it green and of course you can have slip covers custom made for the chairs. No commitment at all!
What do you think of Pantone’s 2013 color of the year? Will you take it or leave it?

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