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6 Ways to Elevate Rooms With Emerald Green

OCTOBER 11, 2019
Photo credit: Decorist Seattle Showhouse

Green has been a longtime staple in interiors, but emerald green is a shade that designers, in particular, have always loved. Whereas Kelly green veers preppy and moss green tends toward the minimal, emerald's timeless luster telegraphs pure opulence.

While decorating with such a vibrant hue can seem intimidating at first, given its bold impact, it's surprisingly versatile. Even a little can go a long way in a room. For instance, you can use the color sparingly by layering in small emerald accessories for the home, such as art and objects. Or you can take broader strokes with dramatic design choices, like adding eye-catching, green-lacquered furniture or going all out with paint for an emerald green living room.

Regardless of how you apply the jewel tone, it's sure to add glamour and allure. Here, we take a closer look at the dazzling hue and offer some tips on how to use emerald to elevate your own home.

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 Photo by Jessica Sample for One Kings Lane. 

Bring In Emerald Pillows

For a low-lift way to incorporate the lustrous color, add emerald green pillows to enliven any room. A pair of emerald pillows on a neutral sofa will make for instantly eye-catching accents. Or follow the lead of this spirited living room by layering in other daring, vibrantly hued upholstery and pillows that match emerald's striking effect. You’ll achieve cohesiveness while still earning points as a risktaker.


Photo by Jessica Sample for One Kings Lane

Show Off Gorgeous Green Tomes

There's nothing more dreamy than an exquisitely curated home library. And one that's arranged with art tomes in emerald, like this bookcase display, ups the elegance tenfolds. Balance out the look with equally stunning accents, such as beautiful china and pretty vases. It’s an unabashedly uptown take that will always feel in fashion.



Photo by Jessica Sample for One Kings Lane. 

Elevate With Chic Lighting

If you're looking for emerald accents that add a bit of sculptural presence, consider displaying a pair of table lamps on a console. Emerald green lamps offer traditional elegance, but they also work wonderfully with accents in any style. Here, the emerald lamps help even out the colors in abstract painting as well as add height alongside classic foo dogs. 


 Photo by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane.

Make For Malachite Designs

When it comes to mesmerizing emerald decor, there's no denying the swirling beauty of malachite. If you're ready to take a big leap with emerald, consider pulling in a furniture piece in the material. Next to the dreamy white linens, this side table not only plays up malachite's captivating color and pattern, but it also adds instant glamour to the all-white space. 



 Photo by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane.

Go All-Out Green

A fresh coat of emerald paint is often the secret weapon in the designer toolkit. Up the ante on color with an emerald green living room. A big area can handle a bold color, as this lovely room proves. When tempered with other elements, be it a muted, subtly-patterned couch, traditional gilt tables, or dark wood antiques, emerald is pure sophistication.


Photo by Tony Vu for One Kings Lane. Interior by Madcap Cottage.

Set a Verdant Scene

For an alternative to paint that is just as statement-making, consider a bright emerald (or even emerald-infused) wallpaper. Chinoiserie and natural elements, as in the botanicals and florals here, are always de rigueur, but a geometric emerald design would also be equally showstopping. How dramatic you want your space to be is up to you, but we always love the striking but balanced look of a fully papered accent wall. 


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