As fall steadily transitions into winter, color palettes – in homes, clothing, and nature itself – are deepening accordingly. While the temperature drops, rich, strong, vivid colors are on the rise! Some of the most vibrant winter colors (perfect for brightening dreary days) are jewel tones like this month’s Color: jade.
Though jade is commonly referred to as a shade of green, its exact color is difficult to define, just like the variations in color of its namesake – the gemstone jade. It straddles the line between emerald, teal, turquoise, and other strong greens and blue-greens. Pantone’s fall fashion report for 2016 includes Lush Meadow, a gorgeously elegant jade that reflects the deeper green of winter plants.
This versatile shade can be applied to virtually every room in the house and in large amounts despite its depth and intensity. It coordinates best with the blues and greens that it’s composed of, white and wood tones, and natural neutrals (exercise caution when introducing other vivid shades – they may fight each other).
Introduce jade to your bathroom to create a spa-like environment, especially with clean whites and soft blues for balance:
Perk up your kitchen or dining room with it, especially paired with natural wood tones or fresh white:
Create a soothing bedroom or living room with strategically-placed jade:
And boost your home’s curb appeal with jade on the exterior – it works best on traditional homes, even better against a backdrop of evergreens.
Jade is the perfect color to add to your winter palette – sophisticated, bold, yet natural.
What’s your favorite jewel tone?