It's Mother Nature's favorite color — and there are so many fresh shades to work with. From a pea-green kitchen to a bath with lime stripes, there's a palette for every palate here.
In a Purchase, New York kitchen, designer Gideon Mendelson created a green gingham ceiling that was first painted on canvas by Silvère Boureau. Mendelson says, "It gives a classic white kitchen personality, and it brings extremely high ceilings down to a more comfortable place." To further animate the room, Mendelson designed the island and painted it a custom bright green.
The horizontal stripes on the slanted walls in this Lake Forest, Illinois powder room are "a total Dorothy Draper move," designer Ruthie Sommers says. "It could be the Greenbrier."
In 12-year-old Cece Bette's Cape Cod bedroom by designer Annie Selke, a Victorian bed pops against walls painted in Fresh Cut Grass by . "We started with a happy green base and added pink, orange, and aqua," Selke says.
The painting by Irene Marniye in this New York apartment by designer Jamie Drake pops against the Summer Lime by walls. "To some, this piece might seem to clash, but when art gets too matchy-matchy with the decor, it loses its edge," Drake says.
tiles stripe a California pool bath from floor to ceiling, giving the space a modern, unified look. To avoid breaking up the continuity, designers Heidi Bonesteel and Michele Trout frosted the shower wall only in the middle. "We love stripes, but we'd never seen them before in a wall tile. It's perky and different," Bonesteel says.
To create beautiful green cabinets for this French-inspired Texas kitchen, designer Michele Allman used an unusual technique. "We started with 's November Rain and then added layer upon layer of pigment and glaze to build up this crusty finish," she says.
A friend's gift of a dhurrie salvaged from an attic inspired designer Jean-Louis Deniot's adventurous sense of color in a guest room of this Bridgehampton house. The walls are papered in 's Drag in Emerald Green. "It's an unusual palette, but I love the burnt coppery orange with the deep Yves Saint Laurent green," says Denoit.
Integrally colored plaster walls and a distressed finish on the tongue-and-groove cabinetry add patina to this new California kitchen by designer Suzanne Tucker. "The kitchen cabinets are new but meant to look old, with seeded glass in the doors and about six layers of paint," Tucker says.
In the master bath of this New York house by designer Christina Murphy, a freestanding Empire tub by is positioned under a skylight. Fern wallpaper by creates an instant tropical rain forest. "What I love about the wallpaper is that it looks handmade. You can see painted brushstrokes on the ferns, and I like those artificial greens imbued with the touch of humanity in the brushstrokes," Murphy says.
For designer Joe Nye's Beverly Hills apartment 's George Spencer Palm Stripe was "a must-have." He covered the headboard in a dhurrie rug and loaded the room with furnishings, some of them big-scale pieces like a buffet by Frances Elkins and a 19th-century lantern from .
Boldly patterned bright green wallpaper gives big personality to the small powder room of this East Hampton, New York home by designer Meg Braff. The wallpaper is Lysette Reverse in Palm Green on Tan, from .
"Green is easy to work with if you use different shades," Pat Healing says. With that in mind, she upholstered the breakfast room's chairs in Safari vinyl. The shade works with, but doesn't match, the seating in the family room of this New York home.
Choosing a color palette of natural greens and blues, designer Steven Gambrel connected this Long Island space to the area's landscape. He says, "I tried to take what was given to me via the environment — very pale, atmospheric blues and greens, or as I sometimes say, sky into water into tree." The walls are painted with Cedar Green by .
For the living room of this New York house, designer Pat Healing chose a color scheme inspired by the outdoors. On the walls, Green grass cloth, Arrowroot by , brings garden freshness into the family room. "Garden colors are the happiest. Green is a big part of that."
In the casual breakfast area of a New York apartment by designer Ashely Whittaker, chairs take on a new life with citrus green cushions. The trellis wallpaper is Baldwin Bamboo by Scalamandré. Whittaker says, "I love the way the trellis pattern looks with the beamed ceiling. They both feel very organic, but it's the citrus green that makes it all pop."
For the master bedroom of this Florida house, designers Courtney Coleman and Bill Brockschmidt painted the walls using . "We painted the walls sage green to reference the garden. It's a restful green," Coleman says.
In the family room of a Palm Beach Home, designer Allison Paladino painted the walls 's Lewiville Green — the color of "a very ripe avocado."
For the living room of a traditional New York apartment, designer Todd Klein chose a light, cool green. "If you think of a house as having seasons, the living room is spring," Klein says. Graphic black-and-white fabrics from — Macoco Reverse on the sofa and Potalla Background on the pillow — "add a touch of youthfulness and whimsy."
Canopy beds are a favorite of designer Timothy Whealon, "as long as they're not too dressed. I like air and space. This is a cozy, clean, modern bedroom with classical lines." For this New York apartment's bedroom he chose 's Parma Gray on the walls because it plays up the greens of the pillows and bench of the turquoise of the 1960s lamps.
An April Gornik painting is set off by walls in Tavern Green by in a bedroom of this East Hampton home by designer Bunny Williams. An Indonesian quilt adds texture "and a Deco feeling."
For the cabinets of this New York kitchen, designers Christopher Peacock and Brenda Kelly Kramer chose high-gloss paint — 's White Dove — which easily wipes clean, meanwhile the walls are custom-colored grass-green.
For a Palm Beach sunroom, designer Allison Paladino had the walls glazed bright green to capture the light and painted the woodwork white to tone it down. "The sunroom is gutsy, but the room is actually quite relaxing because I restricted the palette to green and white to create calm," she says. "If I'd added another color the room would be jarring."
Homeowner Craig Kettles painted his kitchen's island Bayberry Green from Kettles chose green to incorporate the space into its natural surroundings. "The house is on a lake, surrounded by trees, and it was a way of connecting the kitchen to the outdoors," he says.
A kelly green hallways works well with blue, orange, gold and natural materials like horn and bamboo.
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