Trend Alert: Mixing Neutrals With Emerald and Aqua

Whether you're looking for the light brightness of aqua or the rich dimension of emerald, these two jeweled hues are a guaranteed way to amp up your neutral color palette.

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March 04, 2020
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Illuminate With Aqua

Open-concept and luminous, this contemporary dining room freely mixes pale woods, soft gray and whites with subtle geometrics. A burst of color enters the space through the aqua pendant chandelier, and simple black details punctuate the room to bring in dimension.

Understated Elegance

Finding its base in minimalist style with a touch of midcentury-modern design, this living room has a graceful, uncluttered vibe. A nubby area rug and faux-fur throw bring in tactile appeal so the space doesn't feel too sparse while the aqua-teal curtains adorning the floor-to-ceiling windows add a nice dose of color.

Dining With a View

Designed to maximize the stunning seascape, this light and airy dining room has a built-in banquette under the windows, a sleek wood-and-metal table and open-backed chairs. A clean, crisp color scheme of white, soft gray, brass and aqua is pulled from the waterway scenery, creating a seamless flow between the indoors and out.

Add in Drama

While designers often suggest sticking to neutrals for your main furniture pieces, one statement piece in a bold color choice takes your living room from ho-hum to dazzling. This emerald-green Chesterfield is a striking foil to the wood ceiling, sandy-hued palette and practically all-glass walls.

All About the Mix

Exposed wood beams and stacked stone set the scene for this rugged and comfy living space, yet it doesn't get bogged down in one design style. A combination of floral, damask and polka-dot fabrics in shades of aqua and plum create a bohemian interplay with the heavy-weighted traditional furniture, and elegant accessories dot the space with global flair.

Modern Grandeur

Architectural details are the name of the game in this cozy home office, from the coffered ceiling and moldings to the stunning built-ins. In a room already dominated by rich tones — dark hardwood floors and emerald-green built-ins — and bold statement pieces, like the oversized chandelier, an acrylic desk adds a visual weightlessness to the space.

Cheerful Hues

Shiplap walls and exposed wood beams are quintessential starting points for farmhouse style. Here, the look gets a shot of modern charm with apple-green light fixtures and an aqua sliding barn door.

Living Large in the City

As glam as the city that surrounds it, this dining space is made for entertaining and taking in the spectacular views. Emerald-green velvet chairs are a charismatic addition to the chic wooden table with hammered brass legs. An updated Sputnik chandelier highlights the whole scene.

Let It Be the Star

Not a supporting player this time, aqua takes a starring role in this charming bathroom. The pretty-in-blue vanity is topped with clean white countertops and brushed-nickel hardware and faucets. The shade also defines the mirror, which doubles the effect and brightness of the low-hanging, contemporary pendant lights.

Black and White and Green All Over

The contrasting pairing of black and white forges a captivating juxtaposition no matter how it's used, but throw in an equally exciting shade and you've got an unforgettable room. Here, the opposing hues combine with emerald green for a preppy-meets-geometric bedroom retreat.

All About Balance

A joyous blend of colors — navy lower cabinets and aqua barstools — infuses the mostly white kitchen with energy. Concrete countertops and brass light fixtures bring rich warmth into the palette.

Jack of All Trades

The L-shaped island in this kitchen plays many roles: it's a dining spot, prep area, hangout and homework station. Plus, it invigorates the completely white cottage kitchen with a vivid emerald green.

Pigments in Tile

An assortment of aqua glass tiles enlivens this frameless walk-in shower. To create the eye-catching layout, small rectangular tiles are laid horizontally as a border around the vertical linear ones. Incorporating a spot of color in a room draws the eye throughout the entire design.

Here Comes the Sun

It's hard to go wrong with a two-toned palette. Flowing white curtains and bright walls meld with vintage emerald-green chairs and a flora-inspired rug for an oh-so-inviting sunroom.

Practical + Vibrant

An all-white kitchen establishes a heart of the heart that will never go out of style. This kitchen leans into the timeless appeal with classic elements, such as a white brick backsplash and exposed beams. For a note of effortless color, the barstools have aqua slipcovers. Not only does it make them easier to keep clean (just throw the covers in the wash), but it's also a simple switch-out when the homeowner is ready for a new hue.