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 liking 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."