As I was perusing the aisles at Lowes over the weekend, I noticed this display in the paint department:
It was only a matter of time until the Emerald Green color trend made its way from the fashion runway a few years ago, to high-end interior design boards, and finally to the paint aisle at Lowes. At the beginning of each year, Pantone, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and other color industry leaders introduce a Color of the Year. Interior designers/decorators and retailers take their creative cue from these “It” colors, as they incorporate the color trend into their designs and product lines. Part of the job of an interior decorator is to keep up with these design trends, and to use them strategically in client’s homes.
Decorators incorporate the latest color trends in their room design concepts vary quite a bit. Let’s take a look at some of the ways interior decorators/designers incorporate the current Pantone Color of the year — Emerald Green.
The first method is to purchase a few cans of that paint featured in the Lowes display and paint the walls. Being surrounded by such a strong color on all four walls, however, is NOT for the faint of heart. Although I think that this room is stunning, I fear that the homeowner will quickly grow tired of it, and be looking to repaint in just a few years.
Another method for incorporating a trendy color into your home décor is via hard finishes, such as tiles and countertops. This is definitely something I would avoid. These hard finishes essentially become “fixed elements” in your home…their presence will endure much longer than your fondness for them! It’s difficult and costly to replace hard finishes when you’re no longer in love with the color (and one day you will be so OVER this color trend…avocado appliances anyone?)
What’s my preferred method for working trends into a room design concept? I am a firm believer that you should use the same approach for home décor as you would with your wardrobe: use classic choices as your foundation, and purchase a few trendy accessories (a.k.a. “Pops of Trendy” as I like to call it) to keep the look fresh. With this philosophy in mind, my preference is to invest in high quality neutral-colored hard finishes and furniture that will stand the test of time.
Introduce the on-trend color into the room via lamps, area rugs, art, furniture accent pieces, and of course, throw pillows. A few strategically placed Pops of Trendy can do wonders. Here’s a stellar example of what I mean:
When you grow tired of this color, it is relatively inexpensive and easy to switch these pieces out for new ones when the next “It” color comes along. Here are a few ideas for using Emerald Green “Pops of Trendy” without having to commit long-term to this color trend:
Emerald green…love it or hate it? Do you have plans to incorporate the color of the year into your home decor?