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.
Creating a traditional dining room in East Hampton, New York, designer Rob Southern chose a subtle green palette. "The hand-painted wallpaper," Southern says, "was the jumping-off point for the room" — the most "vintage" of all the rooms. The mellow natural parchment and mossy greens, as well as the leafy motif, bring the outside in all year round.
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 a boys' room at a Lake Tahoe mountain home, curtain-shaded bunks painted in Farrow & Ball's Calke Green are inspired by Pullman train cars, says designer Matt O'Dorisio.
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.
Striped palazzo curtains in Victoria Hagan fabric from hang on either side of the sunken tub in the master bath of this Michael Berman-designed Los Angeles house. They offer a graphic counterpoint to the Perfect Pear paint on the walls and ceiling.
Upholstered pieces with high, dramatic backs give character to this Alabama house's living room by owners Richard Norris and Mark Leslie. The colors and patterns of artist David Braly's painted screens pull in garden views.
In this California kitchen by designer Madeline Stuart, perimeter cabinets are painted 's Sherwood Green. The islands are painted black "to ground the space and tie everything in," Stuart 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 this North Carolina house, designer Lindsey Coral Harper painted the guest-room walls 's Stem Green. "It immediately made this simple little space so happy," Harper says.
In the master bathroom of this California house by designer Chad Eisner, walls are painted 's Solitary and the paneling is painted Silver Birch. "It's a lighter version of the paint in the bedroom, which I first saw at an art gallery in France," Eisner 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 .
In the master bedroom of this Palm Beach house by designer Allison Paladinio, a bed from Drexel Heritage's Postobello collection and nightstands by Thomas Pheasant for are "rich and elegant" against walls painted 's Mesquite. Settee is covered in 's Trailing Leaf Linen.
"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 .
Mirror, stainless steel, black marble and high-gloss Bottle Green by reflect light and make this small New York apartment kitchen feel bigger. Designer David Kaihoi says, "I wanted it to be a gutsy one-note accent to all the color, pattern and objects in the rest of the apartment. I did it in high gloss because it has a more luxe look than flat paint, like lacquer."
Lacquered green walls bring the dining room of this New York house alive. Designer Markham Roberts says, "Vibrant, shining green takes the fuddy-duddy out of this formal room." Queen Anne-style chairs are covered in 's Coromandel and backed with a velvet, Botticelli in Olive.
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."
For the dining room of an Arizona house, designer Cathy Kincaid was inspired by the colors of French country houses. The walls are painted 's Green Stone.
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 living room of her East Hampton, New York cottage, Natipernavigare contributing editor Frances Schultz chose a palette of sea-grass greens. Tom Samet, a decorator and friend, suggested adding an extra inner panel to beef up the curtains. Sofa in striped cotton by Kravet.
The cabinets in the kitchen of this New York apartment by designer Miles Redd are lacquered in Bamboo Leaf by , as was the roller shade by . "We pumped up the color just a scootch and lacquered it to give it life," Redd says.
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.