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Trend Alert: Mixing Neutrals With Emerald and Aqua

March 04, 2020

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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Photo: Aubrey Pick. From: Lauren Nelson.

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.

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Photo: Leonid Furmansky. From: Christine Turknett.

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.

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Photo: Jared Kuzia Photography. From: Kristina Crestin.

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.

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Photo: Tessa Neustadt. From: Blackband Design.

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.

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