Emerald Overload & Texture

Written by Rachel L. Ritter

 Pantone Emerald board by CMYfabriK

I get very inspired when I see texture. It can be on anything- decor, clothes, plants, metal and so on. The best designers use texture and bright colors because it adds visual interest to a space. These same designers also understand that too much of either is not a good thing. This plays into the psychology of color, which is pretty interesting if you read into it. I’ll include a couple links for those who want a brief run down of how color affects us. For those that don’t know, the Pantone Color Institute committee named 17-5641 Emerald as the color of the year for 2013, so this is another post dedicated to glorious greenery & the many ways texture can please the eyes.  Previous Olioboard post can be seen here.

PANTONE Emerald: Color of the Year 2014

“Green is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute

Quote via stylecaster.com. Being named Pantone’s Color of the Year, Emerald is everywhere you look now in the design & fashion world.  I can’t complain though, because as you can see, I love it in every shape and form, especially in the image at the top THAT GIRL’S HAIR!!!  I just want to steal it right off her head and wear it like a wig!  (insert crazy eyes à la Judge Doom in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”)

Ahem, anyways back to texture & color…  When I think of using texture & interest in a design, it’s easiest to do in wallcoverings (and awesome upholstered headboard!) like here,

Real Living Magazine


or in something smaller like these beautiful lamps.  Using the pop of color sparingly makes more of a dramatic statement because it becomes the focal point, or the first thing your eye is drawn to.  With the lamps being such a bold color compared to their surroundings, they really stand out on their own.

You can be bold and do it up in your furniture!  I love how this room is done in all jewel tones; every color is so rich and vibrant, but together it creates a very dramatic look.  Again the couch and chair are the focal points, since the blue table kind of fades into the background.  (I wonder how they took this photo?  The walls are reflective so you can see the fireplace and the reflection of the office chair).



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