Pastel green can mean many things: minty green, light apple green, sage green. This was a tough one – it could be because this color doesn’t exactly excite me. While I think it’s beautiful, I think light green, especially sage, has really been played out over the last 10 years – does Restoration Hardware’s Silver Sage paint color ring a bell?? It seemed like for a time, this color was everywhere. I really had to dig around to find rooms that weren’t so obviously from last decade. I decided to focus more on historical looking interiors. If I had my druthers, this color would exist only in kitchens.
Pastel green is a color that lends itself well to antiques, especially the washed out Swedish variety. The other two colors this week, pink and blue, work well with touches of black, but when added to light green, the room can get way too contemporary looking. If you want to add a dark accent, I would suggest a hunter green or a darker blue-green. A little red-orange would go a long way, too adding some good variety. I think this room does a good job at making the sage walls look classic, not trendy:
There is a good mix of greens in this room from Southern Living. I noticed that most of the rooms I found (and liked) were from the South.
Barry Dixon loves green and I think he is the most successful at translating it into a beautiful space, perhaps because he takes such a traditional, historical approach to a design. The next few images are from homes he has worked on.
Barry Dixon - I really like the other colors he introduced to offset the green.
Another Barry Dixon room - the framed prints are offset nicely by that green wall. Also, I like the color of the leather on the chairs. It's an interesting alternative to brown.
More mint than sage, this wall color is appealing to me. And I like that the wall with the built-ins and TV is lacquered. It looks more like furniture.
A contemporary space using pastel green - the simplicity makes it work, but I hate that coffee table!
Axel Vervoordt - a master at washed out colors. Here he has used the aged zinc tub to inspire the rest of the colors in the space adding more of a green gray.
You would have to absolutely love this color to commit to it in this quantity. Do you think you could handle it?
A really good example of a green kitchen. Cheerful, but not 1950s.
Farrow & Ball's French Grey paint creates the green in this room. It mixes well with the leather - I like this wall color a lot.
Bunny Williams uses green in her designs occasionally. This is from a feature Lonny Magazine did on her design studio.
A green Bunny living room. She has mixed in some orange as an accent. (What is on that throw rug though???)
Extremely traditional bedroom designed by Charlotte Moss. She usually mixes blue and white with green.
My favorite picture of the post, this is a guest room at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. It should be so cottage looking, but it is surprisingly sophisticated with the clean lines of the furniture and the contemporary art.
There is a very fine line between tasteful and retched when it comes to green paint colors. For some reason, I think this color more than pink or blue can look like a nursery, since it’s gender neutral. I would suggest looking at historical colors to find a green paint color. Farrow & Ball is the best resource. Instead of going all out with a saturated green, maybe think about using a light cream with a lot of green – that way you get the color without losing any warmth.
Farrow & Ball, French Grey No. 18.
Farrow & Ball, Green Ground No. 206.
Benjamin Moore, Colony Green 694.
Benjamin Moore, Fresh Dew 435.
Benjamin Moore, Sesame 381.
Benjamin Moore, Silken Pine 2144-50.
Hope everyone has a nice weekend! TK