Decorating with Green

Decorating with green has been a design favorite for centuries – the Victorians favored deeper green tones like sage and brunswick green for their interiors. In the 1950’s, aqua and mint green were paired with baby pink to achieve the ideal Americana aesthetic for kitchens and Cadillacs. In the 1970s, avocado became the height of fashion and enjoyed immense popularity (even in appliances).

I partnered with Amy Howard Home to share their Color of the Month. This is a new monthly subscription where Color of the Month subscribers will receive a new color every month exclusive to the club. This month’s Color of the Month is Hunt and Polo, and it is a beautiful, deep green – which is why we’re talking about all things green!

I transformed a $10 thrift store find this month’s One Step Paint color, and the result is so elegant!

It looks perfect in my office – I love the green with the raw wood and blues and grays.

And now, we’ll go back to talking about decorating with green, and why it’s such a great color to use in your home…

Green is a color of balance and harmony. It lends us a clearer sense of right from wrong since green incorporates a balance of both the logical and emotional. Green is one of the most-seen colors in nature reflecting life, rest, and peace. It is also a sign of growth, whether that’s in a physical object like plants or in our income and wealth.


On the visible spectrum, green sits between blue and yellow. In painting and printing, green is a secondary color, meaning that it is created by mixing two primary colors—yellow and blue.

Primary Colors: Red, yellow and blue
In traditional color theory, primary colors are the 3 pigment colors that cannot be mixed or formed by any combination of other colors. All other colors are derived from these 3 hues. 

Secondary Colors: Green, orange and purple
These are the colors formed by mixing the primary colors.


Green can vary in both shades (in which the green is mixed with black for a darker green) and tints (which are mixed with white, to produce a paler result). But, there are also a broad range of green varieties that are mixed with other colors, such as yellow, blue, gray, and brown.

  • Yellow-greens such as chartreuse (named after the French liquor which shares the distinctive color) and lime green have a lively, energetic feel.
  • Blue-greens such as sea green, aqua and teal have a more subtle energy which helps designs to feel calmer and more chic. These colors are associated with emotional healing.
  • Gray-greens like seafoam and sage are wintery and more somber than their yellow- and blue-green relations.
  • Brown-greens like dark olive have a formal and dignified air, which explains why they are often selected for military uniforms. Olive green is the traditional color of peace.

Overall, if you’re looking to portray health, rest, and to relieve stress, green is your color. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. While green does have minor negative aspects like over-possession and materialism, it has a more positive affect than most other colors.


  • monochromatic green color scheme uses tints, tones, and shades to create an entirely green palette.
  • complementary green color scheme incorporates red. Green’s cousins, yellow and blue, are complementary to purple and orange respectively.
  • An analogous green color scheme uses the colors bordering green on either side of the color wheel. In this case, yellow and blue.
  • triadic green color scheme includes orange and purple since they are equidistant from green on the color wheel.

One Step Paint Color Palettes:

The first is monochromatic (I used two greens), but I also incorporated a complimentary shade:

In this next palette, I added a toned down complimentary color (pink) and a creamy neutral – I love using creams and off-whites in our home.

In this last palette, you’ll see the analogous color (Lady Singing the Blues) which is similar in boldness to Hunt and Polo. I added a lighter neutral (Luxe Grey) to add some softness.

Just a random tidbit for you, centuries ago, many of the chemicals used to create thes green pigments were in fact extremely poisonous, with the famous example of Napoleon having apparently been slowly poisoned by the arsenic-rich green wallpaper used in his room in St. Helena. Although the wallpaper has since been proven not to have been the sole cause of his death, deadly pigments did little to dissuade consumers from the joys of green in their homes.

Go create something!

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