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Color Inspiration: Bold and Brilliant Emerald Green

by Lauren Chorpening

The right color palettes can influence style and form — they don’t have to be limited by a single design aesthetic that the color is trending in. A bold or subtle tone on the walls can impact a space, no matter how the rest of the room comes together. You truly can dissect color inspiration from anywhere and implement it into your home in a personal, stylish way.

Case study: Emerald green. We love it. There’s something welcoming, lively and sophisticated about this color. It’s both surprising and familiar when used as a foundational color in a space. These examples show green used beautifully in a range of styles and contexts — transitional, traditional and minimalist styles have all embraced this vibrant hue. Click through and start thinking how to bring it into your own home. –Lauren

Anna's use of green on her marble island makes her kitchen design personal and inspired.
Color Inspiration: Bold and Brilliant Emerald Green
Megan's upholstered emerald green door welcomes guests in with luxe styling.
Color Inspiration: Bold and Brilliant Emerald Green
Green makes a refined and striking presence when used in this eclectic-meets-traditional dining room. In this space, the greener, the better.
Color Inspiration: Bold and Brilliant Emerald Green
Neutral wood tones and whites are brightened with a velvet emerald chair in this living room.
Color Inspiration: Bold and Brilliant Emerald Green
Ombline's minimalist bedroom proves that it doesn't take much emerald to make an impact. Grouped with a variety of colors, the green still pops off the walls in a seriously cool way. This bedroom is playful and sublime at the same time.
Color Inspiration: Bold and Brilliant Emerald Green
Rifle Paper Co.'s studio mixes red, charcoal and emerald for an unusual and beautiful palette.
Color Inspiration: Bold and Brilliant Emerald Green
The dining room of Sarah Gibson uses emerald almost as a neutral. The color is paired with the warmth of natural tones and bright light. The walls are bold, but are working hard to complement the whole design, without overpowering it.
Color Inspiration: Bold and Brilliant Emerald Green
This cool and sophisticated emerald headboard is paired with white, black and Kelly Green for a perfect monotone look.
Color Inspiration: Bold and Brilliant Emerald Green
A Seattle Victorian features a green kitchen with vintage charm. To keep the space balanced with color and light, the green extends only a third of the way up the wall.
Color Inspiration: Bold and Brilliant Emerald Green
Samantha decided to get brave with color in her guest bedroom and her decision paid off. The green walls have made this Sam's favorite room in the house.

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  • Such beautiful examples. You would think emerald green would overpower the space but when used strategically it is surprisingly fresh!


  • I really wanted to paint my room emerald green so I brought some swatches home. It really has to have the right light. In my room it ended up looking dirty and dark for about three quarters of the day.
    It looks lovely in those rooms.

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