When I told my friend Anna that this year green paint color is a new gray, she raised her eyebrows. “Is it one of those designers’ fads? I’m staying with grays no matter what. I love bright colors but only in other people’s homes, mine not so much. I can see it as a small something or a plant. But paint my walls bright green and I’ll go crazy in a week.”
If you are like Anna then you’re a part of a large group of people that feel more comfortable with neutral or earth color schemes but love splashes of bright accent colors, such as green. But if you finally said Yes to some color, there are some tricks to make it all work. Be aware that it is usually better to use two or three bright colored objects instead of just one. For example, the image above shows a bright pillow, two green cups on white and purple napkins.
Here is the thing: it is usually better to use two or three bright colored objects instead of just one. One colorful larger pillow and two smaller green cups will look better than just the two green glasses without the pillow.
How to introduce splashes of green into your life
After Greenery was announced as an official COLOR OF THE YEAR, we see hundreds of green color variations everywhere. Personally, I always liked green. It’s all about new growth, balance, and spirituality. You can freshen up a boring living room, create a restorative vibe for your yoga practice or invigorate a forgotten corner of your workspace.
If you decided to go for small accents of green instead of large chunks of color, here is what to consider:
It is better to use two objects of the same color mixed with one object of a different color. For example, a combination of two green plates and one cup with a happy face in orange and white looks totally more fun than all green in the set. Am I right?
Bring in the freshness of the green color with textured accessories and accents
Bring in simple glass purple vases and create a backdrop for a plant. The glass will create lightness in the room and magical reflections.
Use a shiny purple planter for your plants. It will highlight the natural texture of the greenery.
Pair an apple green with orange and lime colors.
Paint old furniture to give it a new life.
When I think about a bright green color I always go back to Dorothy Draper’s design aesthetics. “Dorothy Draper was to decorating,” says interior designer Carleton Varney, “what Chanel was to fashion. The woman was a genius; there’d be no professional decorating business without her.” Draper invented the interior-design style known these days as “Hollywood Regency.” She loved bold, vibrant colors. Draper liked a room to have a statement piece and “España” chest above has been a staple of classic decorating ever since she designed it.
Follow the lead of Julie Paterson of Simple Redesign by transforming an ordinary brown desk into a playful and cheerful piece of furniture that inspires.
Wake up a traditional wood headboard with a happy splash of color for a guest room or a kid’s room.
Too much work? Paint the face of the drawers only and change the hardware.
Create an inspiring spot for a workspace breaking away from the urban.
Reupholster a dull chair by using different fabrics with similar hues for the front and the back.
Add green pillows, cushions and throws.
Create an accent wall with wallpaper
Wake up in a rainforest ready for all the adventures of the day.
Use wallpaper for a bookcase niche and then play with different shades of green for the walls and furniture fabric.
Paint the entrance door with a brave shade of green
Do you like green paint colors? Have you ever tried to use them? Tell me how.
P.S. Don’t forget to download CLICK ON THE YELLOW BOX BELOW. It’s a beautiful list of five green color schemes with brands and numbers.