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It’s not easy being emerald

  • This publicity photo provided by JCPenney shows an JCPenney emerald green bedding set. In a new partnership with Pantone, JCPenney launches a bedding and bath collection that includes emerald green, Pantone’s Color of the Year (www.jcp.com). (AP Photo/JCPenney)

    This publicity photo provided by JCPenney shows an JCPenney emerald green bedding set. In a new partnership with Pantone, JCPenney launches a bedding and bath collection that includes emerald green, Pantone’s Color of the Year (www.jcp.com). (AP Photo/JCPenney)

  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Greens Circle Rings Ovo table lamp, a smart, contemporary emerald green accent in a home (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

    This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Greens Circle Rings Ovo table lamp, a smart, contemporary emerald green accent in a home (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald glasses. Baccarat offers an emerald green wine glass, but these glasses from HomeGoods are considerably less expensive. www.homegoods.com (AP Photo/Homegoods)

    This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald glasses. Baccarat offers an emerald green wine glass, but these glasses from HomeGoods are considerably less expensive. www.homegoods.com (AP Photo/Homegoods)

  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald picture frames. Small accessories like picture frames introduce new colors without a major commitment (www.homegoods.com). (AP Photo/HomeGoods)

    This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald picture frames. Small accessories like picture frames introduce new colors without a major commitment (www.homegoods.com). (AP Photo/HomeGoods)

  • This publicity photo provided by JCPenney shows an JCPenney emerald green bedding set. In a new partnership with Pantone, JCPenney launches a bedding and bath collection that includes emerald green, Pantone’s Color of the Year (www.jcp.com). (AP Photo/JCPenney)

    This publicity photo provided by JCPenney shows an JCPenney emerald green bedding set. In a new partnership with Pantone, JCPenney launches a bedding and bath collection that includes emerald green, Pantone’s Color of the Year (www.jcp.com). (AP Photo/JCPenney)

  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a table lamp, Arteriors Home’s Roma lamp in emerald green cased glass, a great addition that freshens up a spring room (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

    This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a table lamp, Arteriors Home’s Roma lamp in emerald green cased glass, a great addition that freshens up a spring room (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a table lamp, Arteriors Home’s Roma lamp in emerald green cased glass, a great addition that freshens up a spring room (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

    This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a table lamp, Arteriors Home’s Roma lamp in emerald green cased glass, a great addition that freshens up a spring room (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald pillows. If you’re uncertain about going big with this season’s new emerald green, consider throw pillows like these, with just a sliver of the color (www.homegoods.com ).(AP Photo/HomeGoods)

    This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald pillows. If you’re uncertain about going big with this season’s new emerald green, consider throw pillows like these, with just a sliver of the color (www.homegoods.com ).(AP Photo/HomeGoods)

  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald pillows. If you’re uncertain about going big with this season’s new emerald green, consider throw pillows like these, with just a sliver of the color (www.homegoods.com ).(AP Photo/HomeGoods)

    This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald pillows. If you’re uncertain about going big with this season’s new emerald green, consider throw pillows like these, with just a sliver of the color (www.homegoods.com ).(AP Photo/HomeGoods)

  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Kite throw pillow in an emerald green ikat print, a good way to introduce one of spring’s brightest new colors (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

    This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Kite throw pillow in an emerald green ikat print, a good way to introduce one of spring’s brightest new colors (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Kite throw pillow in an emerald green ikat print, a good way to introduce one of spring’s brightest new colors (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

    This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Kite throw pillow in an emerald green ikat print, a good way to introduce one of spring’s brightest new colors (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald glasses. Baccarat offers an emerald green wine glass, but these glasses from HomeGoods are considerably less expensive. www.homegoods.com (AP Photo/Homegoods)

    This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald glasses. Baccarat offers an emerald green wine glass, but these glasses from HomeGoods are considerably less expensive. www.homegoods.com (AP Photo/Homegoods)

  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald picture frames. Small accessories like picture frames introduce new colors without a major commitment (www.homegoods.com). (AP Photo/HomeGoods)

    This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald picture frames. Small accessories like picture frames introduce new colors without a major commitment (www.homegoods.com). (AP Photo/HomeGoods)

  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Greens Circle Rings Ovo table lamp, a smart, contemporary emerald green accent in a home (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

    This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Greens Circle Rings Ovo table lamp, a smart, contemporary emerald green accent in a home (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

  • This publicity photo provided by JCPenney shows an JCPenney emerald green bedding set. In a new partnership with Pantone, JCPenney launches a bedding and bath collection that includes emerald green, Pantone’s Color of the Year (www.jcp.com). (AP Photo/JCPenney)
  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Greens Circle Rings Ovo table lamp, a smart, contemporary emerald green accent in a home (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)
  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald glasses. Baccarat offers an emerald green wine glass, but these glasses from HomeGoods are considerably less expensive. www.homegoods.com (AP Photo/Homegoods)
  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald picture frames. Small accessories like picture frames introduce new colors without a major commitment (www.homegoods.com). (AP Photo/HomeGoods)
  • This publicity photo provided by JCPenney shows an JCPenney emerald green bedding set. In a new partnership with Pantone, JCPenney launches a bedding and bath collection that includes emerald green, Pantone’s Color of the Year (www.jcp.com). (AP Photo/JCPenney)
  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a table lamp, Arteriors Home’s Roma lamp in emerald green cased glass, a great addition that freshens up a spring room (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)
  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a table lamp, Arteriors Home’s Roma lamp in emerald green cased glass, a great addition that freshens up a spring room (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)
  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald pillows. If you’re uncertain about going big with this season’s new emerald green, consider throw pillows like these, with just a sliver of the color (www.homegoods.com ).(AP Photo/HomeGoods)
  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald pillows. If you’re uncertain about going big with this season’s new emerald green, consider throw pillows like these, with just a sliver of the color (www.homegoods.com ).(AP Photo/HomeGoods)
  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Kite throw pillow in an emerald green ikat print, a good way to introduce one of spring’s brightest new colors (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)
  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Kite throw pillow in an emerald green ikat print, a good way to introduce one of spring’s brightest new colors (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)
  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald glasses. Baccarat offers an emerald green wine glass, but these glasses from HomeGoods are considerably less expensive. www.homegoods.com (AP Photo/Homegoods)
  • This undated publicity image provided by HomeGoods shows emerald picture frames. Small accessories like picture frames introduce new colors without a major commitment (www.homegoods.com). (AP Photo/HomeGoods)
  • This undated publicity photo provided by Lamps Plus shows a Greens Circle Rings Ovo table lamp, a smart, contemporary emerald green accent in a home (www.lampsplus.com). (AP Photo/Lamps Plus)

When Pantone LLC announced that emerald green was its Color of the Year for 2013, reaction among designers and interior consultants was mixed.

The company, which creates and matches colors for the home and fashion industries, picks a top hue each year based on current use and expected continued popularity.

For New York color consultant Debra Kling, emerald green’s boldness means it should be used only as an accent. “Emerald might be one of those polarizing colors like purple – you either love it or hate it, and certainly could get tired of it fast,” she says.

Other shelter style arbiters, however, such as Elle Décor, heralded the color by featuring luxe goods in emerald green, including fabrics from Scalamandre, Schumacher and Phillip Jeffries, and Baccarat water glasses.

Greens have been strong for a while because of interest in nature, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone’s research arm known as the Pantone Color Institute, has said. She calls green “a color of growth, renewal, healing, unity and regeneration.”

So can you decorate with emerald green without becoming overwhelmed by it?

New York designer Elaine Griffin thinks you can, as long as you’re careful.

“There’s no getting around it, emerald is flat out dramatic. Which means it’s best used in small doses, as accessories,” she says.

For those who like the color enough to consider paint, Griffin has a suggestion. “True emerald should go in tiny spaces like foyers or powder rooms, and then dining rooms, which always benefit from a theatrical touch. But it’s too harsh a color for rooms in which you linger.”

Some colors pair well with emerald, and can give a visual pop. Griffin likes yellow and brown, “like a sun-dappled forest.” As preppy go-withs, try raspberry, peacock, Prussian blue, pale rhubarb and turquoise.

And Kling notes that emerald pairs well with other greens: “In contrast to any other color family, the human eye perceives that no two greens clash. This is because we’re accustomed to seeing every variant of green coexisting harmoniously in nature.”

So where shouldn’t you use the hue?

“Avoid upholstering a long-term piece like a sofa in emerald – I promise the visual thrill will be gone in a matter of months,” Griffin says.

JC Penney recently launched a bedding and bath collection created in partnership with Pantone; there are several pieces in emerald, trimmed with white or cream (jcp.com).

At Lamps Plus, check out Arteriors Home’s Roma emerald cased glass and Greens Circle Rings Ovo table lamps, as well as the smart Kite pillow in an emerald ikat print (lampsplus.com).

At Homegoods, there are striking emerald wine glasses priced quite a bit less than Baccarat, and a good selection of emerald throw pillows and picture frames (homegoods.com).

Emerald is considered the stone of Venus, and there may be a little luck of the leprechaun at work too – more reasons to give it a try.

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