Every year international color authority Pantone – or more specifically the executive director of its Color Institute Letitia Eiseman – chooses one colour to be the International Colour of the Year. From there everyone from top fashion and interior designers to paint manufacturers takes note and tries to work the shade into their New Year’s work.

This year that colour is Emerald, a bright green hue that takes over from last year’s Tangerine Tango. Acccording to Eiseman the colour represents wealth and prosperity, something we all would not mind a bit of in the New Year no doubt! “Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions,” said Eiseman in a press release. “It’s also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity – no other color conveys regeneration more than green.“

Like most of the other colours chosen over the years by Pantone a shade as bold as this one does present some challenges if you want to use it as a part of your home decor. Here though are a few ideas to inspire you. (By the way if you need to find the exact shade at you local paint store its official name is Pantone 17-5641.)

For an accent wall – A colour washed version of emerald was used to paint just one wall in this light, airy bedroom to add immediate interest and a great contrast for the rust coloured bedding.

For the floor – The wooden floor of this small attic bedroom was painted a bright emerald to create a stunning contrast to the rather bare, all-white walls.

On furniture – A thrift store find desk was painted emerald green and it works wonderfully against the animal print walls and saves the look from appearing too childish or tacky.

To fill a large space – Very large rooms can look cold and uninviting. However by stripping away all other colours and letting the emerald walls and ceiling in this bedroom be the stars the end result is a large bedroom that looks spacious and yet still very inviting.