10+ designer approved colors to go with green

A green study with an eames lounge chair and three shelves with books and other things

Thomas Koh

Green has become the color du jour in recent years, popping up in kitchens and living rooms in various emerald and acid hues. Much of this rebirth has to do with its natural qualities, evoking evergreen forests, lush gardens, and paradise palms. In 2020, when we’ve all been cut off by shelter-in-place mandates, these outdoor-bringing colors are more common than ever.

Hue has a long history. But it wasn’t always something you’d want in your home—in 1775, an emerald color known as Scheele’s Green was dominant. catch? This beloved dye is made from arsenic. A single lace-up background was rumored to have caused the death of Napoleon Bonaparte. Nowadays, of course, green is completely safe for use in paints, wallpaper, curtains and upholstery. So what pairs best with this natural tone? We polled interior designers about their favorite ways to incorporate green into their projects, from dining rooms to quiet offices.

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“Green is really my favorite color…it relaxes, invigorates and inspires me. I’ve already pulled out two greens for my most used room, my kitchen—a brighter green, an almost light teal, and an even darker deep green. The crisp white of my master cabinet is the perfect companion; White in all shades always enhances the power of green, giving it a cool look and making the most impactful room.” —Martin Lawrence Pollard

“I’m convinced you can’t go wrong with green. Its myriad colors have individual advantages and the instead magical seems to find ways to compliment each other when used together. In this room, I deliberately clashed with green as a way to craft a floor palette that wasn’t So much attention has been paid to the various levels of gloss, which play each other fairly well. I can’t recommend green enough for trims, wraps and trims, whether contemporary or traditional, and my favorite white paint is Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine, which takes A captivating green glow.” —Colette van den Tellaert, Colette van den Tellaert Interior Design

Overall, if you look at nature, green pairs beautifully with everything. The palette of this space takes a lot of inspiration from the pink and yellow flowers of trumpet trees found throughout Los Angeles. For the lacquered green architectural “box” we designed for this project , we used a glossy finish. Since green is often associated with nature, it was interesting to do something unexpected and unexpected.” — Rachel Bullock, LAUN


Pink, yellow and blues

“Green, especially in earthy iterations, can act as a neutral and can be used to tone up brighter colors like pink, yellow, or shades of blue. It works well in this bathroom because it allows other colors to sing while also bonding in those more vibrant hues in the wallcovering.” I wanted it to feel appropriate for the historic home while introducing modernity – delivered through the scale of style – to keep the space from becoming too sweet or precious.” —Heidi Caillier, Heidi Caillier Design

‘Green and blue are a natural pair, and navy is an especially versatile partner with all shades of green. The glossy and copper-golden finishes are a great compliment too, partnering well with the cool tones found in green. In this library, we’ve tapped into a luxurious, luxurious green. By pairing it with playful accessories and a retro felt rug, this balance creates a sophisticated yet fun room, which is our favorite combination.” —Emily Monroe, Studio Monroe

“Green is a dynamic color that can be paired with, and we derive our cues primarily from nature. Whether its contrast mimics a blue sky or a thundercloud, it changes and organically transforms into a completely different color.” In Susan [Goin] Bathroom, we love the green with the limestone floor and wood stained ceiling. We paired these colors to feel as if the best of the outside is brought inside. —Todd Nikki, Amy Kehoe, and Nikki Kehoe

“There’s really no color that doesn’t pair green subtly, like soft sage with mint or green apple with terracotta. I used green in this room because it’s a color that wakes me up and feels fresh and fun, while keeping the look sophisticated.” —Ghislaine Viñas LLC

“For someone who really enjoys mixing and playing with color like me, green is the perfect backdrop. In the entryway entryway to my Belport, New York, home, I used Teresa’s Green from Farrow & Ball’s Teresa on the walls and Farrow & Ball’s Ball Green on the doors, windows, and moldings. The result is A shimmering glow sits well next to natural elements like pine floors and sisal stairs. I always find natural bright colors pair well with green—think vibrant wildflower colors like fuchsia and royal purple.” — Chris Benz

“The green I’ve introduced into my home is a delicate and emotional color that goes well with blue and gray. In terms of furniture, I’ve been looking for pieces that evolve in a colorful world, a fairy tale in which something joyful, comforting, innocent, or even unsettling appears.” —Mary Lise Ferry, Magic Circus Editions

‘Green really brings the outside in, echoing nature. It serves as a connecting element from the inside out but also helps to feel fresh and natural for a space that probably doesn’t have that connection. Kelly Green, as seen on these chairs, is an obvious choice, but it’s fun Mixing shades, from mint to chartreuse.” — Jessica Davis, Atelier Davis

“We had very little space to create a kitchen on the third floor, so we really wanted to bring in the outdoors, and the best way to do that was to use one of my favorite colours: green! This Schumacher paper has an acidic green that I love with a splash of dark green in harmony with The existing chairs and table are painted yellow. The color green is very unique because it is so vibrant and soothing. It always makes the space feel fresh.” — Ramsey Lions, Ramsey Lions Design

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