Color Inspiration

Color Cravings: Shades of Green

February 2, 2009

I’ve having a color craving, or two… You see it’s this palette and it has me going a bit ga-ga at the moment. Chartreuse, Mint, Clover, Silver and White. A delicious medley for Spring, which will be here before we know it. J.Crew and Anthropologie have color cravings too, seems we share many of the same… This palette offers a lot of versatility. Consider this: when you’re out in nature, green and blue are the two most dominate colors in most parts of the world. Sky and Earth. When you observe the colors alongside them, flora and fauna, everything coordinates. If your palette is like the one below, you can mix in some blue. Or add some black. Maybe a dash of cantaloupe (you will see an example of that in the chair upholstery shown below) or rose. That’s why it’s a versatile color mix, at least according to me.

Fashion and wedding attire from J.Crew. Home and garden from Anthropologie.

I would have taken the time to link to each product shown above but it’s all basically from the new Spring catalog so just click here and you’ll find most of what you’re looking for. If you get stuck, comment below and I’ll post the direct link.

Oh green! Imagine these hues living together in a room, say your office? I love green in an office or entryway. I find this palette refreshing, welcoming, and a bit preppy romantic which I love. When I think of the bathroom, I tend to lean towards blue, gray, black and white, pinks, neutrals, lavender but the more I look at the Anthropologie shower curtain {shown direct north} I’m thinking green tones definitely work in a bathroom too but I’m still not completely sold. And though they are nice in a bedroom, I tend to see these greens more in a guest bedroom for some reason that I can’t explain… but I’ll try. I don’t think this palette is cozy and that’s good for a guest bedroom. Why? I’d rather my guest room be polished, simple, clean and tied together – not necessarily cozy, warm, or overly relaxing. I love my guests, but I don’t want them to stay locked in their zen den or worse, never leave the house!

Where would you like to see this color palette in your home? Do you hate it? Do you like it and why?

Past posts on green: Color of the Month, Grassy Greens, Green in the home, Green furnishings, What Green Means.

(images from J.Crew and Anthropologie)

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44 Comments

  • Reply kristina February 2, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    green can get a bad rap sometimes! Thoughts of shag carpeting, the way it stains your shoes when you mow the lawn…thanks for showing a prettier side of green!

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  • Reply Lexi February 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I agree that the colors seem a little cool for a bedroom- I like my bedroom colors to be warm and inviting. I’d love to use this stunning palette in my kitchen!

  • Reply Krista February 2, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I love the patterns on the anthropologie curtain. Such nice colors for spring! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Reply Rachel February 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I would never have thought to put chartreuse and mint together, but evidently, it works! into my inspiration folder these go…

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  • Reply Sherry February 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    So inspired! I’m drooling…

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  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente February 2, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    ACK! I love this palette too! It has me going gaga as well! What a beautiful selection you pulled together hun! Just gorgeous!
    xo
    Melis

  • Reply ...love Maegan February 2, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    oh it’s so springy!

  • Reply ceci February 2, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I’ve been loving those colous for a while! I thought it was because I was missing spring and summer colours. That bright green carpet full of little dots of pink, yellow, blue, white… I loove it!
    Take a look at my blog, it’s all around that palett. Though I’m still thinking maybe my images would look better against a black or white background…
    Also my studio has got two walls painted green and the other two are white. My table faces the white wall, otherwise it would be too overwhelming, but I find it a very ‘active’ kind of colour. Maybe because in spring and summertme we tend to go more outdoors and do more exercise, making us feel better, more refreshed…
    Can’t wait for springtime!
    I’m taking this chance to thank you, Holly, for this FANTASTIC blog, it’s so so inspiring for me! Thank you! :D

    http://www.mmmiga.blogspot.com/

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  • Reply Averill February 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Very pretty. I particularly like the JCrew bridesmaid dresses — they’d look lovely in an outdoor garden wedding.

    Generally though, I’m not a huge fan of green (unless it’s kelly green, which I love for tops, etc.). Blues though, are always welcome.

    Averills last blog post: A Whiter Shade of Pale

  • Reply joi February 2, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    oooh! Ok, Holly, you’ve just inspired a new glass combo. to the kiln!

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  • Reply ceci February 2, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve been loving those colous for a while! I thought it was because I was missing spring and summer colours. That bright green carpet full of little dots of pink, yellow, blue, white… I loove it!
    Take a look at my blog, it’s all around that palett. Though I’m still thinking maybe my images would look better against a black or white background…
    Also my studio has got two walls painted green and the other two are white. My table faces the white wall, otherwise it would be too overwhelming, but I find it a very ‘active’ kind of colour. Maybe because in spring and summertme we tend to go more outdoors and do more exercise, making us feel better, more refreshed…
    Can’t wait for springtime!
    I’m taking this chance to thank you, Holly, for this FANTASTIC blog, it’s so so inspiring for me! Thank you! :D

    http://www.mmmiga.blogspot.com/

  • Reply Karen Park February 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Well, I actually like this for a bedroom. I like the idea of waking up and seeing colors that exist in nature—of course a beautiful, gentle awakening to those colors would immediately be ruined by my alarm clock, but still….on the weekends it would be great. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Karen Parks last blog post: Back home!

  • Reply ceci February 2, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I’ve been loving those colous for a while! I thought it was because I was missing spring and summer colours. That bright green carpet full of little dots of pink, yellow, blue, white… I loove it!
    Take a look at my blog, it’s all around that palette. Though I’m still thinking maybe my images would look better against a black or white background…
    Also my studio has got two walls painted green and the other two are white. My table faces the white wall, otherwise it would be too overwhelming, but I find it a very ‘active’ kind of colour. Maybe because in spring and summertime we tend to go more outdoors and do more exercise, making us feel better, more refreshed…
    Can’t wait for springtime!
    I’m taking this chance to thank you, Holly, for this FANTASTIC blog, it’s so so inspiring for me! Thank you! :D

    http://www.mmmiga.blogspot.com/

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  • Reply Terri February 2, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I know I will sound like a wet blanket, but these colours just don’t do it for me. There is a reason why chartreuse is under-rated. hehe. I like mint greens and pale blues but the yellow-green colours just don’t float my boat. Still, it looks like spring, which is always a good thing. No more charcoal grey please.

    : )

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  • Reply lindsey clare February 2, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    i don’t usually go for greens at all (in fact the opposite! my favourite colours are yellow and orange!), but this is very pretty and workable.

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  • Reply Courtney February 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    I LOVE this post! I was seriously just thinking about what color would work to mix things up in my new bedroom. We bought a new house and the bedroom is all light yellow and i have been to lazy/whiney to think about changing it…but i am thinking this color scheme might be just the thing!
    Thank you for being your creative, colorful self!

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  • Reply Rachel May February 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I love both green and yellow, lovely colors to me. But lately the color combination I’ve been craving is that yellow and silver or a slate grey. That is such a powerful combination and I love it.
    Rachel May

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  • Reply Averill February 2, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Rachel May – I am loving yellow and slate gray, too! In fact, I just did a post on my blog with some fresh yellow/gray finds in fashion and home decor last week — see link below:

    http://odietamoblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/color-trend-yellow-and-gray.html

    Averills last blog post: A Whiter Shade of Pale

  • Reply Ez February 2, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Gorgeous! What incredibly beautiful colors for Spring. Nature always gets it right, doesn’t it!

    Thank you as always for all the beautiful inspiration dear Holly.
    xo
    Ez

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  • Reply pearllinds February 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    My bathroom in our newly purchased home is stark white, EXCEPT for the mint green bathtub. :) Maybe now instead of refinishing it we can work it in, ha! I’ve been looking for a fresh color palette for that room…but what color towels would I use? Blue or green seem a little scary…maybe yellow?? Hmm…time for a mood board!

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  • Reply delphine studio February 2, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    These are my favorite colors! Our studio is painted pale blue (was like that when we moved in), the shelves are all shades of green from celadon to citron to chartreuse. It’s quite soothing and inspiring and fresh. I wish I could redo the floor in a light hardwood, or a super shiny palest of pale green epoxy, but, alas, we’re stuck with icky blue industrial carpeting. sigh.

    delphine studios last blog post: inspiration: neighborhood flowers

  • Reply Lisa February 2, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I love this combo! I’ve always been a blue & green girl and have recently added black to the mix. These colors actually feel cozy to me, I’ve never been drawn to warmer colors like red or orange, but I think I could handle cantaloupe or pink mixed in. I’m loving all of the spring fashion too!

  • Reply Suzy Lorenzen February 3, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I’m in love!
    I was just exploring this color palette with my photography on my blog this past week.

  • Reply Sherrie February 3, 2009 at 12:32 am

    Gray is one of my fav absence of colors. I also think the first four colors would look nice with navy, which is a color I have been trying to incorporate everywhere lately.

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  • Reply Kristy February 3, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Ooooh I love the shades you’ve paired here. I used a fabulous shade of a deep green in my new baby’s room: the room is small but it gets loads of sun which here in Sydney is bright and harsh. I find the green absorbs the light and the room seems cool and calm (just not at 3am when bubs is crying!) Some photos on this blog post: http://loweryourpresserfoot.blogspot.com/2008/12/this-waiting-is-driving-me-nutso_31.html

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  • Reply Benita February 3, 2009 at 2:51 am

    My favorite color combo! I strayed away from it a bit over the holidays but now it’s back with vengeance :)

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  • Reply Coco February 3, 2009 at 3:31 am

    I’m still not sure if I really want it or not… I remember as a little girl asking my father what his favorite color was. He answered first he didn’t had one, but when I asked it again he said: Green. I remember that I found it a silly answer. Green? Who likes green? I thought all people loved Pink, Red and maybe Blue. Not green.
    And now I finding myself for the choice of rather I want a red sofa or a green sofa… My preference goes to green, also because our curtains in the living room are fuchsia! I think red would look hidious next to it. Although I also found a matching palette of colors where red and fuchsia goes well together. I still prefer the green color, also because it reminds me of nature, eco-design, and fresh woods. We have a rather small (considiring for USA standards that is) garden but its right next to our living room so our green couch would make a nice reference to our garden. I think it would look peaceful and in harmony with its surrounding.
    Red is such an active color also, I don’t like to have active colors to be in the living room since I think it should be a place to relax and you can perfectly relax on a green sofa :)

  • Reply Stratos February 3, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Looooooove these shades!!! Green in most shades is my obsession for the last three years at least!

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  • Reply Patricia Torres February 3, 2009 at 4:39 am

    Green is amazing!! Thank you for sharing this. I never realised how beautiful green looked.

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  • Reply Purple Area February 3, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Great post, love this!!

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  • Reply Linda Pare February 3, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Love this color combination.

    Linda
    Must Love Home Decor

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  • Reply Rachel B. February 3, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I love this color palette. For me, green has always been a very nostalgic color.
    And, um, yes, that chair Will be mine. : )

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  • Reply Aimee February 3, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I like this color pallette, it’s fresh without being too “citrusy”. :)

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  • Reply Heather February 3, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Hi Holly!
    I’ve been having these pretty color cravings for a good long while now. You inspired me with your post about the Dash & Albert rugs! I’m thinking of having one of two installed as a runner in my staircase. My hallway was already green, and I’m thinking it would look fun and fresh. I posted some photos on my (very new!) blog if you want to take a look! http://www.doodlebuds.blogspot.com

    LOVE your blog…you have shown such dedication, and pure good taste! Thank you!

    Heathers last blog post: I really wanted a treat

  • Reply Laura February 3, 2009 at 10:40 am

    You must be reading my mind..
    i have craved almost the same colors and actually built a board for a friend’s wedding. It misses some blue but it would add a nice refreshing touch to it, wouldn’t it?
    http://trendinozze.blogspot.com/2009/01/una-proposta-di-matrimonio-per-chiara.html
    I think it would work well for a home interior or an outdoor event equally..

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  • Reply Kate February 3, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Speaking of lovely green (always one of my favorites), Target is now carrying gorgeously patterned slipper chairs in a style that sort of knocks off the Anthropologie look. They come in plenty of colors and at discount, plus free shipping, so in all, about $255 before taxes. Brilliant!

    http://www.target.com/Bird-Floral-Print-Upholstered-Chair/dp/B001L5GVDI/sr=1-13/qid=1233675958/ref=sr_1_13/189-9297541-9367727?ie=UTF8&index=target&rh=k%3Abird%20chair&page=1

  • Reply Ashley Brooke February 3, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I looooove the chair!!!!

  • Reply Veeta February 3, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Instead of one room, my thought went immediately to having this be my whole-house palette:
    gray: guest bedroom
    blue-green: my bedroom
    yellow: living room/dining nook
    green: kitchen
    white: bathroom
    I having been giving thought to how the colors should flow from room to room, and this seems like a possible solution–and I love all of the colors. Thoughts?

  • Reply Kathrin February 3, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    I love greens and blues!!!! In fashion and home decor. Thanks for the inspiration. My bedroom is light green and I find it very refreshing. And there are warm greens as well and with the right lighting and cream accents it feels cosy too. Our guestroom is actually green, too :-) So far nobody has complained :-)

    Probably comes from growing up in homes that always had lots of yellow. I just had to do it differently. We have a bright blue room as well and our entrance is blue as well. The painters almost had a heart attack when they saw my color choices.

  • Reply Kathrin February 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Kate, if this chair had free shipping to Germany it would be mine!

  • Reply becky from hatch February 3, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    My favorite shade will always be kelly. Target had this trench

    http://www.target.com/Merona-Double-Breasted-Jacket-Navy/dp/B001I9YJ8Q/sr=1-3/qid=1233693483/ref=sr_1_3/185-7009977-4234129?ie=UTF8&index=target&rh=k%3Adouble%20breasted%20jacket&page=1

    in kelly green yesterday, but only in Women’s sizes so I got the navy. The green was just totally Jackie O./kate spade style to me; I LOVED IT. BTW, that is not to say that Miss Becky is not teetering on the edge of plus size right now – the green was only slightly too large. OK, I gotta go to the gym now!

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  • Reply Diane February 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I totally agree with the whole colors in the guest bedroom thing. My own bedroom is very serene with lots of whites and pale blues, but my guest bedroom has patterned bedding and more colorful artwork on the walls.

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  • Reply Yasmin February 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    LOVE IT! I’m looking for some color inspiration for my art studio.. This is perfect :)

  • Reply muralimanohar February 10, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I loathe yellow, and blue leaves me so-so, but oh, the green, the green!! I adore green in all forms, and it is my primary color choice for, well, pretty much everything. :D Red is close behind, and then orange and purple. But green is right at the top. It makes me happy and alive. :D

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