Doing It Right: Pantone's Emerald in Children's Rooms

Doing It Right: Pantone's Emerald in Children's Rooms

Elisabeth Wilborn
Dec 14, 2012

We are super excited about Pantone's choice of emerald green as color of the year for 2013. It's so fresh and vibrant, and can even make for a great accent color if you're not going to go whole hog. We gathered together a few of our favorite pops of green in recent kids' rooms featured on Apartment Therapy Family, many emerald and many close to emerald.

We're noticing emerald works really well in the company of other colors. Check out how these parents did it up:

1. A Lofty and Simple Shared Room The classic serpentine motif gets a modern facelift.
2. Vintage Love in Felix's Room We love the mix of various greens here. From teal to chartreuse, and yes, even emerald, the mix is eclectic and homey.
3. Claire's Big Girl Restyle Do you fear the green is going to be out of style just as quickly as it came in? Go for easy-swap pillows and art. How modern is this whole look?
4. "Little Mr. Man's" Hand-Me-Down Room Or simply paint a small piece of furniture, like a nightstand.
5. Malcolm's Fit For a Gentleman Room Malcolm's mother hung emerald green curtains. How chic is it in the company of nautical navy and white?

6. Cam's Superhero-Inspired Space These green bins add a wonderful sense of humor to Cam's space.
7. Super Spencer's Serendipitous Nursery Spencer is really married to emerald for a while. Here it makes a surprisingly neutral background to a rainbow of hearts.
8. Ruby's Gem of a Room Ruby's not so convinced. She has a simple green mobile hanging in her room, which manages to really up the ante here.
9. Green, Polka Dots, & Penguins A slightly more yellowish hue, we like how it pairs with simple black and white.
10. After the Crib: 15 Twin Beds for Big Kids (Pictured is Piper Bed from Room & Board) While this may be a stock picture, it illustrates how updated vivid green can be paired with canary yellow against a broad swath of white.

11. Green Dresser Paint Inspiration While not surrounded by a gorgeous room, this piece dutifully illustrates how lovely greens of all hues are when they come together.
12. My Room: Lillian & Abigail Squint and you'll see it. Emerald is not a predominant color, but it's a crucial one. Pair it with mints and corals, people!
13. Caleb's Grey, Green, and Yellow Nursery All those yellow and grey nurseries we've been seeing? Just add green.
14. My Play Room: Baby D This is another fun one, where they wholeheartedly embrace the color and use it as a backdrop for a brighter, Scandinavian palette.
15. Two Kids' Rooms in a Brooklyn Brownstone Paint the ceiling green. Again, the Novogratzes utilized every shade of green. The ceiling leans a little leafy, but look closely and you'll see emerald in the linens.

(Images: as linked above)

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