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-World of Colors!
At this time of year, many of us bring fresh greenery into our homes.
Nothing works as well as green to bring the outdoors in. In Massachusetts,
where I live, we’re looking at a gray and white landscape right now, so
green in a home’s interior looks especially refreshing.
Green is a difficult color
to capture in paint. You may find yourself doing a lot of testing before
you find the one that works. Last summer, I brought one of my spring green
kitchen chairs to the paint store with me, so that they could scan it in to
blend a quart of that exact color for touchups. I was happy with the
results, but there are also a number of wonderful greens right from the
chips at the paint store.
My favorite, Kennebunkport
Green, (HC#123) comes from the Benjamin Moore Historical palette. I use it
in my three-season porch, which looks out on the wooded hill in our back
yard. The floor in that room is terra-cotta, which complements the green
If you’re looking to create
a stylish olive green entryway or hall, I’d suggest Pratt and Lambert’s
Thyme Green (#1662). For a smart look, paint the ceiling a biscuit color
(try Sherwin Williams Raffia Basket, #1113). Use an off-white trim if
possible, since a dark green and a bright white can create too stark a
There was a great use of
two coordinating shades of green in the formal living room of a decorator
show house I visited last summer. I was pretty sure I recognized the
colors: the walls were painted with Homestead Green (Benjamin Moore AC#19),
with the darker Mountain Laurel (Benjamin Moore AC#20) used on the trim.
One of the fabrics they brought into the room was a bright yellow silk with
green accents. It looked brilliant against those soft, deep greens.
Restoration Hardware has a
fabulous, complex and subtle green called Silver Sage as their signature
color. You may have noticed it in their stores. After I picked up a swatch,
I did some sleuthing, and it turns out that Benjamin Moore manufactures
their paints, so the quality and coverage should be good.
TIP: The most difficult
part about choosing a color for a room is visualizing how it will look in
your home before you actually get it on the wall! Recently, I discovered a
great tool to help you through this step. On the Glidden Paint Website, I
found out about Color@HomeII, interactive software that lets you colorize
images of your own rooms. So, you’ll be able to test the way different
colors will look on your walls before you paint. You can buy the
Color@HomeII at Glidden paint dealers (Home Depot is one) for less than
$10.00. To find out more, visit their site at
I wish you all the best
during the December holidays. And when you decorate your home this month,
consider adding some greens that will stay fresh and bring you enjoyment
all year round.