So often, bright color is mistaken as a whimsical choice in decor. However, this Manhattan living room proves that a bold hue can be anything but! The intense emerald wall paired with complementary dark accents and neutral furniture creates a space that is moody and dramatic. By using a rich, deeper shade on the wall (and avoiding neon at all cost), the space feels sexy and sophisticated… not playful.

Of course, it’s no secret that this mossy green has been having a major moment in the Rue offices. But we want to know- if you tried this trick in your home, what moody hue would you choose??

Image originally appeared as part of our Sept/Oct 2011 issue here.