The Two New Hues You Need In Your Home This Year
Emerald green and midcentury orange take center stage in interior design this season.
By Carly Scholl
Whether you’ve resolved to get happier, healthier, wealthier or wiser in 2020, a change of scenery can be the kick-start you need to transform mindsets and habits. And as any design professional can tell you, a new color incorporated into your home can be the radical jolt that inspires you to see your world differently. We asked interior designer and Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner Mary Meinz to weigh in on the two hottest hues of the year.
Such a bold, verdant shade might feel a little out of place in the land of pale cacti, yellowish palo verdes and arid land as far as the eye can see, but Meinz argues that it’s a fitting hue for the desert. “Emerald green is a beautiful, true color with cool depth and, for that reason, it mixes well with other shades and brings to mind elements of nature, such as vegetables, plants, trees and grass—things that never go out of style,” she says. “Homeowners looking for a long-lasting effect when using bold color in an interior setting might consider emerald for exactly those reasons.”
Meinz suggests coupling this deep tone with crisp white or as an accent to black-and-white schemes. “Start with pillows, artwork, area rugs, chairs, trims, dishes and accessories, or, if you are a true emerald enthusiast, try a dramatic library or kitchen outfitted in the gemlike hue.”
“Think about native plantings here in Arizona, such as lantana, ocotillo, birds of paradise and even some bougainvillea—what color do they bloom? Magnificent shades of orange,” says Meinz. “I believe it’s always best to sort of hold hands with what is natural and beautiful in your surroundings, and that is why orange is not likely to seem too dated in your interiors.”
While some homeowners might be wary of such a bold shade, the designer assures that artfully chosen accents of midcentury orange—a warm tone with a hint of rust reminiscent of the shag carpets and tweedy armchairs of the Modernist period—can be just the right amount of retro while still staying relevant to today. “This particular hue is such a happy and natural accent to our desert surroundings, so don’t be afraid to use it. Maybe it’s only a pillow, a piece of art, an armchair or perhaps a few accessories—but this shade will give you and the room it is used in the perfect pop you have been searching for.
“If you are a real orange lover,” she continues, “you might opt for bedding or even a lush cotton or cashmere blanket on your bed in this color. It would be the perfect accent to the blue skies and purple sunsets found outside your master bedroom window.”
While midcentury orange and emerald green don’t necessarily have to hold court in your home together, Meinz assures that the two would make a stunning duo for daring homeowners. “Pairing the shades seems like a vision of grandeur” she remarks. “Imagine fields of blooming poppies or intense sunsets over rolling golf courses. In any or all of these vignettes, we see variations of green and orange naturally occurring together and forming a pleasing palette for the eye.”
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