More of the Best Green Paint Colors!
There’s been such positive response my post, “The Best Green Paint Colors,“ that I decided to check into GREEN further than just the brights and neons. After all, these are fun….but not everyone wants to commit to that level of color intensity.
Let‘s look into some softer, more soothing greens!
Martha Stewart Living‘s “TIMOTHY HAY” (above)
C O O L E R G R E E N S :
Benjamin Moore‘s ” COLONY GREEN “ 694 is a long-time top-seller:
“This color is so terrifically pretty and filled with joy
— sort of as if you were inside a robin’s egg looking out into the light.
I’d use it in a bedroom with white lacquered trim, a four-poster bed lacquered white, and crisp white bed linens.”
– David Kleinberg
G r e e n i s a f a n t a s t i c n e u t r a l!
For a long time, Restoration Hardware carried a paint color called “Silver Sage.” I used it on some kitchen cabinets many years ago and I’m thinking they’d still be beautiful today! These muted, paler greens create a softness that is calming.
Benjamin Moore‘s ” HEAVENLY BLUE ” 709 is also a popular color:
“This is the color of the sky in Old Master paintings,
when the varnish has yellowed; it’s luminous. Paint just the floor and you’d feel as if you were floating.”
– Thomas Jayne
If you watch Bravo’s “Million Dollar Designers” then you’re familiar with the above Malibu restaurant by designer Jeffrey Alan Marks. The mossy green he uses on the ceiling (and lampshades/pillows) is a wonderful foil for the caramel-leather Chesterfield-style banquette!
Benjamin Moore‘s ” SAGE TINT “ 458
” It’s kind of robin’s egg blue, and with mahogany furniture and neutral upholstery, it looks great. I see dining rooms as mostly evening rooms, and this has life to it. It’s very soothing. ” – Mariette Himes Gomez
Designer Kathryn Ireland, also of “Million Dollar” – fame,
recommends Farrow and Ball‘s ” FOLLY GREEN ” 76 :
“This is a Spanish Colonial house in the California chaparral, at the foot of a mountain range. The land is carved by arroyos, covered with mesquite and mustard weed. Everything is dry and dusty. Any green at all is a triumph over nature. I found this color under layers of paint on some trim, and used it on the front door. It evokes the notion of shade, beckoning the visitor inside, hinting at the cool to be found within.”
– Kathryn Ireland
W A R M E R G R E E N S :
Benjamin Moore‘s “PALE VISTA” 2029 – 60
“I use spring green as a neutral. It’s the color of buds and bulbs popping out of the ground after a long winter
— a reassuring color, great in a bedroom.
The coolness is therapeutic.” – Jeffrey Bilhuber
Designer Stephen Shubel used Sherwin Williams‘ ” SPRINGTIME “ SW6708 in the cheerful bedroom above.
Benjamin Moore‘s ” SHADES OF SPRING ” 537
“Choose a color for the walls that you see outside. It (“SHADES OF SPRING”) will give you a sense that the room continues beyond the windows. In the country, it might be this crisp green, the green of stems in the garden and leaves on the trees. Green is a color that makes me feel alive. It elevates your spirit, which is going to make any room feel larger. I see it with browns, creams, terra-cotta, persimmon.”
– Jay Jeffers
Green is such a positive color !
It is said to be the easiest color for the human eye to encounter.
From Traditional Home Magazine‘s July-August 2011 issue, above, is designer David Herchik‘s Family Room. Paint color: C2 Paint‘s “ SEEDLING “ C188
Benjamin Moore‘s ” MESQUITE ” 501 is a warmer, khaki-green:
“Mesquite is a flattering light moss green without much yellow. I love it because it doesn’t shout ‘I’m green!’ It says, ‘I’m a very beautiful color.’ ”
– Jennifer Garrigues
Designer Miles Redd uses every type of green in his work. Although he uses emerald, kelly and bold chartreuse green paint colors, he also employs the palest of turquoises and paler spring greens. In a room inspired by the horse racing scenes in “My Fair Lady,” (above) Redd uses a warm, cheerful green as a soft backdrop for the drama of the space.
Farrow and Ball‘s ” GREEN GROUND ” 206
“Research shows that green is a color that makes people feel safe, and that’s a key element in creating a calm space. And there’s something refreshing about this light, tender green — like the innermost part of a tulip leaf. It’s sophisticated, but it also has a lovely simplicity.” – Timothy Corrigan
PALE VISTA 2029-60, PALE AVOCADO 2146-40, FERNWOOD GREEN 2145-40, SOFT FERN 2144-40, SAGE TINT 458, GREEN COVE SPRINGS 421, MESQUITE 501, SHADES OF SPRING 537, COLONY GREEN 694, SWEPT AWAY 701, HEAVENLY BLUE 709 and BALI 702.
Preferred lighter greens at Farrow and Ball:
COOKING APPLE GREEN-32, BLUE-GREEN-84 and GREEN GROUND-206
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