If March was a color, it would be green.
As winter comes to a close, verdant shades of green–fresh, alive, and natural– are everywhere this month, signaling rebirth, growth, and a sense of renewal. The tender green shoots peeking out of the ground reminds us that sun-soaked days are not far away.
Green is the pervasive color in the natural world. It is an ideal foil in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere and because green plays so well with other colors. I call it nature’s neutral because there is a shade of green that can fit into every color scheme.
Some of my favorite greens are those that could be described as tranquil, soothing, or serene like these in this kitchen. These are the softer shades that remind me of verdigris or the ancient celedon china. These are muted greens with just the right mix of gray.
While all greens can work in a bedroom, the toned down shades shown here are often the easiest to decorate with because they are naturally calming, a mood we want to capture in this space. I like to keep it understated and elegant with colors that look neutral on the swatch and have green undertones that are only fully revealed when painted on an entire wall.
Keep bolder greens from coming on too strong by looking for leafy or garden greens that are not too clear or bright. To balance out bold color, one tip is to pair those hues with colors that have the same intensity or depth of color–like the strong blues and deep camel of this rug.
Greens that are vibrant with a dose of yellow, like those in this kitchen, can be the most difficult to get right because they grab so much attention. They also can go more yellow than desired very easily. If you love a strong green just keep in mind that the other colors in the room need to be able to stand up to your bold choice.
In the bathroom, greens that are grayed or lean towards blue are often more flattering than yellow greens. (Although a bright yellow green in a powder room can give your guest an unexpected and fun surprise of color!)
Not ready to commit to green as a main color? It can also be the perfect accent color. Think pillows, throws, lamps and area rugs.