5 design tips to make them green with envy

It's that time of year when the world falls in love with a color. Typically deemed the "color of the year," the hue depends on whom you ask. For example, Sherwin-Williams has chosen a midcentury-tinged blue called "Aloe" as its top color. Benjamin Moore, meanwhile, chose Lemon Sorbet.

But the juggernaut of color forecasting, Pantone, announced that emerald green will be the color of 2013. And so it shall be. We asked a local stylist to offer some quick ways that people can incorporate that color into their home decor:

1. Paint. The easiest, quickest and most cost-effective way to transform any living space.

2. Pillows. Another affordable option. I always change my pillows with the seasons and/or simply my mood at the time. Having a neutral sofa helps with the transition.

3. Lighting. One gorgeous statement light in a room can change a space entirely. Try adding some emerald bling to a dining room chandelier and you have not only instant wow factor, but a great conversation piece at your next dinner party.

4. Fresh greens. I say this all the time. Bring the outside in by shopping in your own backyard. Even in the winter, your yard is loaded with fresh pines and holly, and both happen to be emerald green.

5. Wallpaper. It can be a little more permanent than paint, so go easy on the saturation and pattern. Look for something classic and beautiful that won't make you green with regret.

Stephanie Bradshaw is the owner of Bradshaw Styling. You can reach her at 443-421-1452 or go to bradshawstyling.com. Do you have an interior design question for our experts? Email us at homes@balt sun.com.

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