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Readers: I have a confession to make. Sometimes our Color of the Month meetings get a little…heated. It turns out that when you get a group of people together, all of them passionate about design and boasting a wide spectrum of style preferences, there are a lot of opinions worth discussing. And oh, do we ever discuss them.

Here we are in September, school is back in session and the first whiff of fall is in the air. And for the crack team of editors here at Design Happens, that means any number of things color-wise. It’s not quite full-on fall yet, so traditional autumnal colors don’t feel right. Pastels, neons, aquatic blues? Eh, too spring/summer. And so, do you know what color ended up being pitched in a record SIX different shades? Green. Everything from verdigris to citron to kelly, we were all fired up about Kermit’s favorite hue. After a lot (and I mean a lot) of discussion, we finally settled on our winner: Emerald Green.

Miles Redd emerald green living room

photo: Miles Redd

Farima was the big winner this month, after pitching her Emerald Green Pinterest board almost every month since last January (see what I mean about passionate?). Finally this gorgeous color felt just right—it’s a moody, deep green with a hint of blue undertones and it makes an amazing impact when used in decorating. Farima has this to say: “Vibrant and rich are the first words that come to mind when I see a space decorated with emerald green. Even though it’s a very trendy color right now, the jewel tone also brings a timeless look when paired with metallics and other rich colors. It’s a great shade to transition from summer to fall.”

Kishani Perera emerald green room

photo: Kishani Perera

Emerald green! It’s what we are loving for September. Check out the HGTV Color of the Month Pinterest board for even more emerald inspiration, and tell me: what do you think about this jewel tone?


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48 Responses

  1. Avery says:

    It's a favorite color of mine. Looks great on the walls.

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  3. brr says:

    love the rich color

  4. Sheena says:

    Beautiful color.

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  6. lanvy says:

    URGH! Beautiful color on a dress but NOT for dressing a wall. Certainly in the bedroom shot, the color shows how clutter and over decorared the room is. This color os something I would cringe should I walk into a house up for sale.

  7. Renae says:

    I think it's a classy color and I love it.

  8. Dawn says:

    Love the colot too much on a wall for me personally I like it understated:p

  9. Marie says:

    not for this girl. Ugly when there is so much of it.

  10. Liz says:

    Very beautiful. I would put this color on a wall that had white trim and white crown moldings. It is such a dark color so pairing it with white trim would be a very pretty combination.

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