Have you gone green yet? Named the color of the year by countless color authorities, it has headlined countless interiors by renowned designers and has stolen the hearts of VERANDA editors over and over. It’s easy to see why green has become the ‘it’ color of decorating: the green hue immediately heralds nature’s calming presence and feels oh-so-refreshing. But if you want to smudge some emerald or seafoam paint on your walls but aren’t sure what colors go with green, we’ve got you covered.
Nicole Gibbons, an acclaimed interior designer and founder of Clare, loves using greenery in her home. The brilliant mind behind the paint company notes that due to an increased interest in green shades, Clare has actually launched two new shades of green this year: High Vibe and Extra Virgin. For Gibbons, the newfound love for all things green stems from the innate connection to nature and its versatility.
“When you think back to nature and the colors we see in the environment, everything blends flawlessly with green,” says Gibbons. “Our eye is trained to appreciate the colors of nature and how they work together, and I think the same appeal or attraction can exist in interiors as well.”
Depending on the undertones and combinations, green can just as easily evoke a sense of serenity as it can feel tense and add drama to a room. Finding the perfect green color scheme all comes down to understanding which hues appeal to you the most and using them fearlessly. To ease your journey on the green path, Gibbons has revealed need-to-know decorating tips, along with her favorite colors to pair with green.
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Treat green as neutral
With so many different undertones to choose from, Gibbons often suggests that people start looking at mid-tones, such as Clare’s Dirty Martini, as they tend to add just the right amount of colorful energy to a room without feeling intimidating.
“I think they are very versatile and can work almost neutral.” The convenience of these greens allows them to adapt to almost any decorating style and combine perfectly with the colors already present in your home. When in doubt, different shades of warm neutral colors always create an elegant atmosphere.
While you can browse the pages of VERANDA for inspiration or even scrolling through social media, Gibbons implores people to look outside their own windows to get color inspiration from the world around them.
“There are so many beautiful shades of green in nature that you could pull gracefully into your space.” Pay attention to which colors naturally work well with greens that catch your eye. Enchanted by a fuzzy magenta dahlia with deep green leaves? Try incorporating that unexpected color combination into your own living room or study.
For those looking to step out of the neutral color scheme, Gibbons recommends pairing your favorite shade of green with a soothing blue. The chic color combination feels extremely serene, while inherently lending a more elevated look to a room.
“I think blue and green are like black and white,” says Gibbons. “It all goes back to nature. The green treetops never look out of place against the blue sky.”
Combine green with… More green
After falling for a certain shade of green, you may have a tendency to pick up that exact tone everywhere from the walls to the fabric that adorns your furniture. Gibbons recommends avoiding the extensive use of any particular shade as it can fall flat.
“Instead of having all the monochrome tones of the green shade, switch them up by using a mix of midtones, lighter tones, and darker tones,” says Gibbons. “This allows for more variations in the shades of green you bring in and prevents the room from feeling one-dimensional.”
While it may be a little intimidating at first, Gibbons always encourages her clients to step out of their comfort zone and opt for the vibrant hue that consistently draws them in. overwhelming.
“My philosophy about color is to either go bold on your walls and neutral on your furniture or vice versa,” says Gibbons. “Either color throughout your space with a neutral base or embrace color as your base and keep your main furnishings and accessories more relaxed.”
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