From grassy to lime and forest, we love green in any and every shade, so we are hardcore crushing on Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year. Consider this your complete guide to going green—color-wise, that is!
Who says mint green can’t work as a neutral? This Palm Beach dining room is dressed in the soft shade from floor to ceiling (and everywhere in between). Designers Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod pulled the room’s fresh monotone palette from a painting of a lifeguard stand that the owners scooped up in Manhattan. Vintage chairs recovered in a sweet green faux leather play up the room’s retro, throwback vibes, while a funky rug grounds the space in casual elegance. Vibrant blossoms in paradise pink add a punch of Palm Beach-perfect color.
Shades of Citrus
Tease out celadon green’s sunny side by pairing it with citrus yellows and fresh-squeezed oranges. In this dreamy Palm Beach breakfast nook, designers Celerie Kemble and Lindsey Herod hung orange tree-patterned draperies and a clementine orange-piped chandelier to bring the home’s Vitamin D-drenched locale indoors. Rattan chairs ground the airy space with their easygoing, natural look, while the gentle curves of the Knoll dining table deliver a just-right dose of midcentury mod style to the 1940s home.
A peppy yellow-green puts the spotlight on built-ins and architectural elements in this knockout Florida kitchen. Glossy subway tiles in a herringbone pattern wear the same zippy shade of green and draw light into the tucked-in range and hood. White Corian countertops and a chandelier custom-painted the color of a pink grapefruit (Peachy Keen by Benjamin Moore) make the breezy space feel even fresher and more inviting. "The kitchen is like one big bowl of citrus," says designer Lindsey Herod.
All other tropical bathrooms can step aside; we’ve found a winner. This Palm Beach guest bathroom may not be in the islands, but it sure feels like it, thanks to large-scale palm leaf wallpaper in rich golden yellows and dazzling emerald greens. A playful rattan mirror found in a Palm Beach thrift and consignment shop dials up the tiny room’s fun, freewheeling vibes and gives the space a little taste of the islands’ organic beauty.
Though blue is a major player in this living room, the bold green couches steal the show. The two go together beautifully in nature as grass and sky, so when the pairing is brought indoors, it’s a match made in heaven. Cheerful shades of blue meet energetic greens in the peacock feather–print curtains by Peter Dunham, harmonizing the two distinct hues, while white stools and brass side tables throughout keep the room’s focus centered on the color pairing.
A peek out the window is all the evidence you’ll need to see that brown and green are a winning (and highly complementary!) color combination. In this grown-up playroom, Meg Braff Designs’ Rain Forest wallpaper climbs the walls, making the steeply angled ceiling feel loftier. Natural materials, like the rush floorcovering and woven accents, play well with the white burlap weave sofas, the glossy green lamps, and the groovy game table chairs.
In the Caribbean islands, verandas are generally viewed as primary rooms, says designer Amanda Lindroth, so treat them as such. The deep porch of this Harbour Island, Bahamas, hideaway, is decked in a trio of greens, from the dark fronds on the tablecloth to the zesty green of the chandelier and chairs and the blue-tinged green that pops up on the sectional pillows. Call it a fashion-forward tribute to the swaying palms that frame the home.
Large-scale patterns look dynamite – and don’t overwhelm – when they feature subdued shades, like this pretty green and crisp white. In our Hamptons Showhouse, a double shot of a pretty pattern shells out major style: designer Meg Braff paired embroidered scallop bedding with a graphic, reverse-color wall pattern from her own collection. Differences in scale brilliantly play a figurative pattern against a more subtle abstract one. Bright accents on the bedside table and patterned green tape on the white Roman shade stick to the room’s go-green theme.
This little bathroom packs a major pattern punch, thanks to its linear, woven-patterned wallpaper by Meg Braff Designs and its curvy Moroccan-style tile from Fireclay Tile. Pro tip: Choose floor tiles that are a shade darker than the walls to keep the tonal palette in harmony (and to prevent the patterns from fighting with each other). A straight-lined vanity, white faux-bamboo mirror, and polished brass accents keep the rest of the bathroom simple so that the focus stays on the room’s pattern play.
With its grand-scale rain forest wallpaper, striped rug, and funky geometric throw pillows, this family room keeps bold patterns front and center. Green window treatments play up the groovy wallpaper’s verdant color scheme and highlight the saturated blue of the sofa and armchairs. The multicolored stripes in the rug tie it all together, while pops of white throughout deliver moments of crisp, much-needed calm.
Balance elaborate prints with simple furnishings and accents to keep a room from feeling too busy. In the pool house changing room of Coastal Living’s 2016 Hamptons Showhouse, a leafy emerald and blue jungle print is tempered by natural rattan pieces and a woven rug that help make the space feel even more like a tropical rain forest. Mellow blue floor tiles peek out from under the rug to draw out the aqua in the wallpaper, while crisp white trim, flared sconces, and a faux-bamboo mirror amp up the room's fresh, airy vibes.
Keep It Light
A cabana-striped awning and classic white wicker chairs with lime cushions deliver summer house nostalgia to the second story porch of our Hamptons Showhouse. The light shade of green lends the space a sense of serenity, especially when paired with so much white. It also softens the bold black window frames and breaks up the predominantly black-and-white palette, keeping the porch bright and fresh through all four seasons.
A shade of green dubbed “kiwi” is oh-so-perfect in this retro kitchen. The vibrant hue's mod vibes are amplified by the globe pendant and Bertoia bar stools. Organic elements, like reclaimed barnwood floors and a large white-oak island, keep the punchy color from feeling too kitschy, and sleek metal countertops and modern appliances anchor the room in the 21st century. The brilliant design lesson here: Let kitchen cabinets define the room by painting them a knockout hue.
Green is a total crowd pleaser! Exhibit A: This preppy kids' room, which is equal parts whimsical and classic. Green grasscloth wallpaper and pale green floors ground the room in natural beauty, while peridot-colored window treatments and striped shams deliver a burst of energy. White pagoda headboards and playful bedding dial up the room's kid-friendly fun factor.
Green is queen in this sitting room—which doubles as a guest room when needed—where the carpeting, wallpaper, and most of the furnishings come from the same leafy color family. Streamlined furniture and the retro wallpaper print give the space mid-century vibes, and natural materials in the windows, wall décor, and comfy modern chair serve as neutrals. The jolt of red on the bedding serves as the eye-grabbing point of contrast, giving the room a just-right punch of energy.
In this brightly colored dining room, the grass green walls are offset with white wicker chairs and cabinetry. Graphic picture frames in similar shades also help to subdue the bold wall color.
Make emerald hues pop by placing them next to antique-finished basins and pottery. Also, don't be afraid to get creative with color combos. Turns out, emerald and teal make a delightfuly unexpected pair.
Add some drama to a room with dark green walls. This hunter green color offsets the light furniture and patterned carpet.
Short on wallspace in the kitchen? Let the cabinets do the color duty, and douse them in a luscious, energetic green.
In this vibrant dining room, the pear-green walls are matched with a coral-patterned tablecloth and other natural colors to keep the look elegant.
Saturated lime green walls create a vibrant backdrop for bold pillows and rugs in this mod-box beach house.
Capitalize on Color
A clean colorless background allows you to have a little fun with your cabinetry. This cool Key lime hue really pops and is as refreshing as it is sweet.
What might seem like a pattern overdose comes together beautifully when you use a single color. In this bedroom, a pale green unifies the heavily patterned space.
Play with Textures
This bedroom's forest color palette is given depth and dimension by driftwood, bamboo, and linen accents. The addition of natural colored pillows and wall-hangings keeps the look earthy.
Lively Living Area
These living and dining room areas are enlivened with refreshing punches of green and coral. Coastal accents—sea grass rugs, coral pieces, bamboo flatware—are scattered throughout to create a beachy theme.
Graphic Dining Room
Floor-to-ceiling window treatments in a graphic print make a statement and frame the view, drawing the focus to the world outside. After all, the beautiful scenery is probably the main reason you live on the coast.
Painted floors only look better with age, and you’ll especially love them in a bold color. Kelly green is a crisp counterpoint to white walls and cabinets.
Use bright colors on walls and darker hues on furniture. Unify the look with accessories in similar hues, but exercise restraint―bright colors don’t need much embellishment.
Pairing forest green pieces with a burnt orange creates a less jarring contrast than green and red, and gives any room an instant tropical feel.
This sea-hued dining room strikes the ideal balance between formal and relaxed, with its fanciful chandelier and soft chintz slipcovers. Shells, sea stars, and a playful mermaid ensure that you won’t forget you’re at the beach.
The green vine-pattern fabric inspired this room's charmingly mature look. The linens are custom made with borders in corresponding colors and the baby blue gingham draperies draw the room together.
Adding thick sea-foam green vertical stripes to white beaded-board walls livens up this simple, open kitchen. A mix of vintage elements keeps the look interesting.