Steal the style: Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful - and its Emerald City setting

Emerald is this year's top colour sparked by the latest Disney film. We take a look at how to get the emerald look in your home.
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Pantone has crowned emerald its Colour of the Year. “Lively. Radiant. Lush… it enhances our sense of well-being,” declares the expert colour company.

The trend is sparked by Disney’s latest adventure, Oz the Great and Powerful. Starring James Franco, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, the wash of green in many of the scenes evokes the rich landscapes of Oz and its Emerald City.

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Shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood has designed a four-piece collection inspired by the film and the Emerald “shoe carnival” window scheme for Selfridges. Burberry’s Blaze Bag in green duchess satin is hot right now along with metallic pale-green trench coats, while Solange Knowles dazzled on the Grammy’s red carpet in a Ralph & Russo green gown.

Some of London’s most stylish venues are also adopting green schemes. The Folly, in Gracechurch Street in the City ( uses shades of green to create an outdoor theme throughout the bar and restaurant.

Fusion Design and Architecture’s vision was to create London’s secret garden, bringing a botanical feel to an urban space. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in natural light and guests enter through a “garden lounge” filled with hanging chairs and trees. The space opens into a deli and flower shop, while the main bar and kitchen use long timber benches.

Leaf-patterned walls and foliage on the ceilings match emerald green velvet chairs and wooden stools. Garden pots are hung as lighting shades upstairs and bright green lamps light up the basement. Wine racks look like beehives and there is a cork-fronted bar. An 26ft-tall tree trunk provides a focal point, joining the basement bar to the ground floor.

The Ampersand Hotel in South Kensington ( also brings the outdoors indoors with nods to the botanical through striking green armchairs, flower-patterned wallpaper and dinnerware to match. The Covent Garden branch of the Mexican street food chain, Wahaca ( has a green-panelled ceilling, backlit green walls and palm trees. Its South Bank pop-up is built from green and blue shipping containers.

Gallery: steal the style for your home - emerald interiors
Pantone says our eyes are more sensitive to green than any other colour – so no wonder it translates easily to fashion and interiors. And stealing the style for the home needn’t cost a fortune. There are plenty of ways to inject an emerald green glow into your living space.

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1. Kartell Fly ceiling light
With a shatterproof methacrylate shade, the sheen and transparency of this lamp make you think of a soap bubble. Cluster a few of these lights together for extra impact (£160;
2. Antonia Bone inlay chest
It takes a team of craftsmen in India weeks to complete these drawer fronts. Pieces of reliably sourced cow and camel bone are carved and fixed into resin on a wooden frame to create an intricate floral design. Each drawer is finished with a hand-carved bone drawer knob (£1,295;
3. Colours table at Conran
This statement green gloss lacquered table is simple, sleek and effective (£2,924;
4. Roberts radio revival
The DAB radio with Fifties style and top-notch features looks sophisticated in emerald green (£160;
5. Glass bubble vase
Available in small or larger sizes, this eye-catching vase is part of Dunelm Mill's Living in Colour collection (£14.99 to £19.99;
6. Velvet tub chair
The emerald green version of this tub works just as well in the bedroom as in a hall or living room. Stocked in Oliver Bonas and made by THe Velvet Chair Company, there are matching stools and ottomans available (chair, £385; stool, £265; ottoman, £365;

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