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With the 2012 color of the year, Tangerine Tango we collectively garnered the energy boost we needed to recharge and move forward.  color of the yearThis year 2013 however it is time to enhance our sense of well-being, balance and harmony with Emerald Radiant.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the inside story of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

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Paired with neutrals, in this instance gray, Emerald can humanize a space; traditionalize it allowing you to juxtapose clean lines with more traditional elements.

“Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.” –  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®  Where else would one enjoy more clarity than in one’s private sleeping quarters?

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New York event planner Bronson van Wyck set a tablescape with a green theme — candles, boxes, a pop of color on the tablecloth, and even a green chandelier. “The table is crowded enough to feel cozy, but it has breaks to create calm moments,” he says. “Anything tall is thin, so nobody’s view is blocked.” Antique malachite boxes and objects inspired the green theme. color of the year 4Miniature Malachite Obelisks from Astro Gallery. Celadon Calcite Classic and Sea Urchin votives. Ithaque gold salad plates. – Top Ten Home Communities

The Warm and Cool of It

To intensify the effect of Emerald pair it with a warmer hue like orange or tangerine.  Immediate drama is achieved with these beautiful orange velvet chairs against the back drop of the elegant Emerald Chinoiserie wall covering.

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Whether you opt for Emerald drapes in the Living Room, accents in the color of that beryl gem Emerald in the Dining Room or the color of envy in the Bedroom the color of the year can your distinctly yours no matter how you choose to use it.