Color Spotlight: Kelly Green!

Isn’t it funny how colors go in and out of fashion over the years?  One year it’s turquoise that’s all the rage and the next year it’s orange.  This year there’s one other color that’s appearing everywhere from shelter magazines to home decor and that color is Kelly green.

Kelly green isn’t a trend in my book, it’s a classic.  The name hails from Ireland and according to Wikipedia, “derives from the fact that the surname Kelly as well as the color green are popular” in that country.  Kelly green is a bold accent color and very chic when used in textiles from window panels to pillows.  It pairs well with browns or blues, but nothing makes Kelly green pop more than a background of crisp white!  Then add some gold accessories for some major style points.


kelly green curtains bhg

kelly green pillows on bed

 kelly green window panels bhg


Kelly green as a color can lean masculine since it is commonly associated with some sports teams, but is easily tempered when paired with pale pinks or peaches or even fellow playful greens.


kelly green pillows on bed bhg


 kelly green bedding bhg



Verdant and bold, Kelly green is one that is one color that always gets noticed!  If you’re a fan of Kelly green, here are a few household accessories to add a punch of this green to your spaces. 


kelly green home accessories


From top left: Kelly Green Mosaic Tile, Mosaic Tile Supply, $4.60 per sheet; Vincenza wallpaper, York Wallcoverings;  Figueroa Lamp, Apt2B, $38; Green Ikat Dinnerware, C Wonder, $12;  Agate Plates, Vivre, $60;  Money Finial, Chic Shop LA. $65; Dagmar Pillow, Hus&Hem, 29£;  Privet House Napkin, Set of 4, Target; $16;  Ruffle Flower Knob, The Cross Design, $10; Green Domino Pillow, Pop O Color, $45; Kelly green pouf, Imports from Marrakesh, $225; Emerald Vase, Terrain, $200; Luck Side Table, CB2, $149; Ming Side Chair, Crate+Barrel, $199; Reed Clover Chair, CB2, $100; Clover Bookcase, CB2, $199; 8’ x 10’ Kelly green Zig Zag rug, Dwell Studio, $715


Are you a fan of Kelly green, or is there another shade of green that you prefer?




2 Responses to “ Color Spotlight: Kelly Green! ”

  1. We just painted our kitchen this “Kelly green” (the name on the color chart from Dunn Edwards was pickle…?!!) with white trim, cabinets, and appliances. LOVE IT!!!! The ultra pure white definitly works great with the kelly green. But what do you think would be great to use as an accent colors, when your main color is the Kelly green? And would using the backsplash to accent the green walls be too much?

  2. I love blues with Kelly green like in that bedroom image and coral or pink is a fantastic pairing too. As for the accent on the backsplash it just depends – I’d have to seen the one you’re considering and your kitchen!

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