Incorporating Emerald into Your Fall Décor

Emerald-green-decorAs we wrote earlier this year, emerald is Pantone’s color for 2013. Autumn is the perfect season to celebrate this richer, more intense green hue. All shades of green impart a tranquil atmosphere, but emerald’s rich depth also gives it elegance. As a beautiful counterpoint to fall’s brilliant palette or as a stand-alone color, emerald adds sparkle to your decor. Give your home some gorgeous fall finery when you follow these suggestions for infusing your home with emerald’s serene beauty.

Combine emerald green with natural motifs. Green’s soothing nature becomes even more relaxing when mixed with natural textures and patterns. Fabrics printed or embroidered with ivy leaves are a beautiful way to bring green into a room. Wooden furniture with a natural grain looks especially lovely with emerald accents. Bundles of dried grasses in a vivid green vase are a stunning change from fresh floral arrangements and will last all season.

Emerald is a gem as well as a color, and jewel-like glass accents lend themselves wonderfully well to the regal hue. Deep green glass vases bring the color of the year into your home stylishly. Combining cool green glass with light makes it even more dramatic, so make room for accents such as this glass pendant light and illuminate an area. Flameless LED lights and artfully sculpted metal add visual interest, but the real focus here is color. One lamp makes a quietly elegant statement, but a grouping of them can become a focal point for the whole room.

Shades of green combine a cool color and a warm one, so they’re naturally versatile. Surrounded by warm tones, they act as a calm counterpoint; with cooler blues and purples, emerald greens glow with warmth. That flexibility means you can add emerald accents to any room in your home. Darker green hues make pastels feel more grounded, especially when you use the color in rugs and floor runners. Throws and pillows in muted emerald tones play well with neutrals in living rooms and dens. Choose fabrics that feel as luxurious as the rich color looks for seasonal style.

For a major commitment to emerald green, try painting your walls with it. It’s a potent color, but blonde wood or crisp white trim keeps it from overwhelming a space. In a small room, try painting a single wall in emerald and the others in lighter shades of green to create an instant focal point. With rich, vibrant colors, precision in painting is a must; any stray drops or minor mistakes will be instantly noticeable. One way to get a perfect paint job is with the Shur-Line pump and paint system . You won’t need tape when you have the right equipment to paint up to edges and corners flawlessly.

Green can work in any room. In a den or living room, deep greens feel cozy and welcoming; in a bedroom, they become serene. Even a bath gets a lift from emerald accents, so try swapping your usual accessories for green glass or ceramic. As fall becomes winter, green looks just as fashionable throughout your home, especially when paired with red for seasonal cheer.

Versatile and inviting, emerald green is Pantone’s color of the year for good reason. With a few decorator touches, you can also make it your best color for fall.

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Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

It’s back-to-school season for kids of all ages, including college students who are returning for another semester of dorm life. Creating a cozy home away from home is more than just a matter of taste; it’s vital for students who are away from their families, possibly for the first time, to feel at ease. Dorm room decor can help keep students organized and focused. It’s also a great way for them to express their sense of personal style. Give a dorm room some flair with this college-ready collection of favorite things for the week!


Computer-Lap-Desk

When space is at a premium, a portable work station can be helpful. Dorm room desks don’t always offer smart space-saving solutions, but a computer lap desk makes the most of that valuable real estate and allows you to work anywhere. The fold-able tray is adjustable allowing you to work on a flat surface or a tilt and the legs are adjustable for a comfortable fit. With the built in mouse pad, cup and pen holder, you will have everything you need right at your finger tips.

Plush-sheet-set

A dorm may not be able to offer all the comforts of home, but with these microfleece sheet sets, a dorm room bed can be as cozy as the one back home. Suede-like softness, great durability and beautiful colors make these sheets a must-have. In rich purple, soft mocha, quiet ecru or faded-denim blue, the sheets go with any style. They also wash and dry in no time, so they’re excellent for college students who are pressed for time and don’t always have hours to spend at a laundromat. If these sheets have a drawback, it’s that they may make you late for morning classes. It’s tough to get out of bed when the bed is so soft and cozy!

Love-rug
Personalizing a living space is important to anyone, but to a college student who may be far from home for the first time, it’s a necessity for peace of mind. Express yourself with Peace and Love room accents and turn an anonymous dorm room into a unique style statement. The original 1960s peace sign lives on in a new generation with these fun, colorful sets that are perfect for adding a personal touch to a dorm. If all you need is love, go for the set modeled on the iconic Robert Indiana pop art print. Pick pink and black or cool blues and purples, and express your personality through color. Each set includes a plush rug and soft throw pillow to add a layer of comfort to your personal space.

Having a dorm room is a first taste of independence for many college students. With fun decorating accents, space-saving solutions and creature comforts, that first experience will also be an exciting one. Choose some of our favorites for dorm life and create the perfect space for studying, socializing and sleeping.