January 27, 2013
As everyone in the design world has surely told you by now, Emerald has been picked as Pantone's official "Color of the Year." But that doesn't mean that the trendy and savvy home design specialist has to color his or her abode like that famous city from Oz. Rather than go overboard on too-verdant hues, why not consider some alternatives for your rooms, from the kitchen to the basement?
But before you leap into the rainbow world of color and interior decor, consider what the very best flooring option is when it comes to any hue - hardwood. Whether you go with engineered or solid hardwood flooring, you'll know that the hand-scraped style and rich patinas of Anderson Floors' variety of lines are exactly what you're looking for. Consider the Crossfire collection from Anderson's special Virginia Vintage selection. These engineered maple planks are unique and unmistakable in their subtle beauty. With wide width and striking textures, you'll notice that this hardwood collection has the versatility to stand up in any interior. Furthermore, the colors of the maple wood have a richness that will bring out the best in a space's palette. So why not consider these complements to your new flooring?
Go beyond Emerald
As Houzz.com lets readers know, Pantone didn't stop with Emerald for color of the year. Although it took home the top category, the design and color experts forecast that Lemon Zest, Poppy Red and Nectarine would be all the rage during spring of this coming year. Meanwhile, paint specialists at Benjamin Moore picked Peachy Keen and Lemon Sorbet as color picks for 2013. Meanwhile, the other paint and room design folks at Sherwin-Williams elected the bright quartet of June Day, Kumquat, Exuberant Pink and Gladiola.
Need some inspiration beyond what the color specialists are naming? Sometimes the best place to look for some colorful inspiration is right outside the window. Regional hues are a great way to add depth and style to your home. The American Southwest has a whole palette of beautiful hues after all, from Burnt Sienna and the clay-colored reds of mesas and desert rock to the striking azure of clear skies. A New England winter meanwhile is marked by shockingly deep shades of green in mine trees and the creamy whiteness of snow, interspersed with bright red winter berries and houseplants like poinsettias.