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Tapping the many emotions of green

Kermit may have questioned the appeal of green, though he did conclude in his hit single, Being Green, that“it’ll do fine”.

What’s fine about the color green isn’t merely its connection to a singing frog, healthy vegetables, or a thriving planet. Green is good for a peaceful, balanced state of mind. It’s also been known to treat nausea, claustrophobia, and over-active kids!

But if you’ve ever shopped for green wall paint, you likely concluded that there’s more variety in green paint colors than nature! Simplify your choices by determining how you want a green color to feel in your home.

Turquoise feels exotic & adventurous

Here’s a quick summary of how different green hues affect us… along with what type of home furnishings they complement.

1) Vivid greens feel energetic and fresh.

  • Pale and mid-toned versions of vivid green such as chartreuse and kiwi feel cool, optimistic, inventive and organized; they tend to be paired with smooth surfaces, simple patterns and contemporary furniture.
  • Dark versions such as jungle, leaf and turquoise feel exotic, adventurous, and extroverted; they tend to be paired with tropical or textured furniture, global artifacts, ethnic patterns, and animal prints. Hooker Furniture’s turquoise crackle chest gives an adventurous spin to any décor.

2) Slightly subdued greens feel dressy and formal.

  • Pale versions of subdued greens, such as jade, pistachio, leaf and celadon, feel elegant, soft, pretty, feminine, and flattering; they tend to look best with French furniture, crystal, silk and floral bouquets. A good example is Sam Moore’s leaf fabric.

Soft greens feel elegant & pretty

  • Mid-toned versions such as emerald and Prussian feel classic, regal and, opulent; they tend to be paired with rich, polished woods and luxurious textures.
  • Dark versions such as hunter, pine, and olive feel mature, intellectual, old-fashioned and private; they tend to be paired with grainy woods, heavy furniture, aged leathers, brick, and sturdy fabrics. Sam Moore’s Renee ottoman looks like it belongs in an old world library with books stacked on top of it.

Hunter and olive greens feel intellectual & sophisticated

3) Muted greens feel earthy and casual.

  • Muted greens such as moss and rosemary feel familiar, comfortable, appetizing, and wholesome; they tend to be paired with rustic furniture, folk art and hand-made crafts.

4) Dull greens feel antique and nostalgic

  • Dull greens such as olive and army green feel nostalgic, sentimental, and soulful; they tend to be paired with antique furniture, feather duvets and slip-covered chairs.

5) Grayish greens feel restful and organic

  • Gray greens such as tobacco and oregano feel calm, relaxed, and low-key; they tend to be paired with dry, matte finishes, simple furniture and nubby, natural textures.

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