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Design - Should you Follow Every Color Trend?

Soon you will be seeing Pantone 2013 color of the year Emerald Green everywhere! I already feel bombarded by a sea of this brilliant, bold, saturated GREEN in design magazines, accessory websites, and trade show displays. Did you already miss the chance to decorate with 2012's Tangerine? Stuck in 2009 with Mimosa? Or comfortable in 2007 Chili Pepper? Should you follow these annual color trends? The answer can be yes, but only in small amounts.

While my personal taste hopes this Green Revolution is a short lived passing trend in home wares, furniture, window treatments, lighting and more, I do recognize that with every seasonal color trend there is a bright side to these shocking changes in color direction. Every time the design world takes a bold new direction, it makes us look around at what colors we are currently living with so we can evaluate our own living spaces: Are we in a time warp of Mauve and Sea Foam from the 80s, or Harvest Gold and Avocado of the 70's? While some color trends last decades like those of the 70's, some colors just never quite catch on in the mainstream. The trick is incorporating small doses of the trend colors into your home while keeping your base pallet a warm neutral.

You don't need Dorothy's entire Emerald City total make over to freshen a room. Try small bursts of Today's Emerald Green mixed with some classic neutrals like linen, camel, brown, or cream larger furniture pieces. Add drape panels from your favorite Bed & Bath store, integrate toss pillows, candles and vases, and even paint a worn side table or lamp on once accent wall with this bold new color. You won't have trouble locating some inexpensive options soon in local stores like Target and Home Goods. You can get just the right amount of trend setting color to be stylish while keeping the big investment in classic timeless style that is easily updated when the next new must have color is released!

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