Friday, July 8, 2011

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


Top-selling   softer   greens   at    Benjamin  Moore:
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:

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