The color of the year: Eight rooms with emerald green
Designer Nick Olsen amped up a Brooklyn studio apartment — just 295 square feet — by painting a flea-market chest in shiny white Rust-Oleum, with an emerald green chevron pattern. "My motto is, 'Don't be afraid to paint,'" he says.
In a small New York City kitchen, Miles Redd saturated the space in emerald green. "In a small space, I like to take one color and use it everywhere," he says. "There's something refreshing about emerald green. It puts a modern spin on a tiny Manhattan kitchen and feels cool and sparkling, especially in this glassy finish. Kind of like a gin and tonic."
Bing: Green kitchens
Cabinets are lacquered in Bamboo Leaf by Fine Paints of Europe, as was the roller shade by Manhattan Shade & Glass, which erases an exhaust unit. Even the Sub-Zero refrigerator is painted green.
The inspiration for the girls' room in a Lattingtown, New York, house was their green chest. "I didn't want it to look super-decorated in here, so the green on the painted lamps doesn't exactly match, although the chair fabric is matched to the bureau," designer Meg Braff says.
"These greens are little-girly but sophisticated enough to grow up with." The chair is covered in Scalamandré's Watermark. Curtain fabric, Sister Parish Design's Dolly; Elysée tassel fringe, Samuel & Sons. John Robshaw throw.
New York event planner Bronson van Wyck set a tablescape with a green theme — candles, boxes, a pop of color on the tablecloth, and even a green chandelier. "The table is crowded enough to feel cozy, but it has breaks to create calm moments," he says. "Anything tall is thin, so nobody's view is blocked."
Antique malachite boxes and objects inspired the green theme. Miniature Malachite Obelisks from Astro Gallery. Celadon Calcite Classic and Sea Urchin votives. Ithaque gold salad plates.
A friend's gift of a dhurrie salvaged from an attic inspired designer Jean-Louis Deniot's adventurous sense of color in a Bridgehampton, New York, guest room. The walls are papered in Farrow & Ball's Drag in Emerald Green, a color Deniot calls a deep "Yves Saint Laurent green."
Coppery-orange trim on the window shades is a sharp, compelling detail. Silk bedcover from H Groome.
Designer Gil Schafer painted the floor of a bedroom in a Connecticut lake cottage. "I worked with color consultant Eve Ashcraft," he says. "For color inspiration and color combinations, she looked to striped awning fabrics from the 1940s."
Designer Matthew Bees's apartment is only 350 square feet, but he covered it in deep green. "I knew my browns, blues, and reds would sing against it." So do the academic drawings, found on eBay. His bed is on the other side of the screen. "I call my look 'Southern transitional.' Warm and inviting, yet surprising," he says.
Garden stool and lamps
To give his clients the "wow factor" that they wanted, designer Miles Redd transformed a foyer in a Manhattan apartment into a garden scene. "We pumped up the color to chocolate brown and an acidy emerald green that's stylish, but at the same time masculine." The neoclassical console and faux-malachite column lamps are from John Roselli.