Going Green

Perhaps you’ve heard that the color Emerald was announced in December by Pantone as the Color of the Year for 2013 and it has taken the fashion and interior design world by storm.  Green has been lingering in the shadows for a while and this year is its turn in the limelight with vivid emerald at the forefront. 

Emerald is a rich, bold jewel tone that is beautiful as an accent nestled among neutrals and also as a complement to other jewel tones. All shades of green are reminiscent of nature and harmony, so I rounded up a few ideas for using green in your home in large and small doses.

Softer shades of green like celadon and sage are always soothing. In this coastal inspired kitchen, sea green is used on both the backsplash and kitchen island to create an inviting cottage feel.


seaside green kitchen backsplash and paint bhg


A deeper shade of olive brings sophistication to a kitchen finished in a glass brick pattern backsplash, playing off the foliage seen observed outside the window.


olive green tile bhg


In the bedroom, a punch of shamrock green is introduced with tailored upholstered headboards and bed skirts, while fern green duvet and shams brightens an otherwise neutral space below.


shamrock green headboards bhg


green bedding bhg


Paint is an easy way to bring a dose of green into your home – a fresh lime green painted dresser will perk up any bedroom.  


lime green dresser bhg


Consider painting mismatched chairs in a distressed apple green finish for a French farmhouse inspired dining space. 


painted green chairs bhg


Mint is another color that showing signs of popularity this spring among the design community and it’s a perfect choice for vintage style chairs layered on a fun striped rug.


mint green chairs and rug bhg


For an unexpected twist on a traditional hallway, paint your gallery of frames a vivid Kelly green and finish off the staircase with a painted runner to match. 


green frames in hall bhg


Chartreuse is a sunny shade with the obvious presence of yellow in the mix and looks fresh in a white bathroom paired with a colorful shower curtain to complement.


floral shower curtain and green paint bhg


Whether it’s tile, paint, textiles, or accessories you choose, incorporating shades of green into your home’s decor is sure to brighten and invigorate any space. 


green ottomans and baskets bhg

green throw pillows bhg


What is your favorite shade of green and how have you used it in your home?



8 Responses to “ Going Green ”

  1. I am pairing mint green with various shades of lavender and orchid.

  2. I just noticed today that one of my bathrooms is floor to ceiling emerald damask fabric walls. Ha! The design world is catching up.

  3. Love the “sea green” backsplash. Any idea of where the tile is from?

  4. Green has always been my favorite color! I am glad to see it finally being recognized in decorating. My kitchen is green, my bedroom is green, my bathroom is pink and green, and my house is green. There is a lot of green in my living room also. Thank you for publishing such lovely pics using green. Go green!

  5. love love the kitchen….

  6. Where can I find the shower curtain?!?!?!? Searched all over and can’t find one like it

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