Green is universal. Almost everything found in nature has a touch of green which co-exists in harmony with the rest of the color spectrum.  Green can be both subtle and dynamic.  You can’t go wrong with a rich, dark green such as a Charleston green - a color rooted in the black paint given to Charleston by the federal government after the war tinted by the citizens with a bit of yellow to make  it more palatable. 

Chartreuse a color found on ripened pears can make a  bold statement. 

One of the most fascinating characteristics of green is how it adapts in different settings with different light tones.  A light yellow green such as found with Granny Smith apples can give zing to a subdued room. A deeper green can take one's senses to the quiet solitude of a secluded forest sanctuary.  Green gives a content feeling when punctuated with reds.  Green is adaptable and can take on alternative identities. Green can be a restful color, but it also suggests vigor because its inspiration springs from nature and abounds with life.

Southern Accents recently wrote:  “Green has a long history in Southern interiors. Because we are surrounded by greenery, it is refreshing to bring in one shade or a few variations, to pull them out of their environment and give them a new look. When you're seeking a neutral tone but still want color, green is a great choice.”

This mini lamp by Carolyn Kinder features a beautiful green and brown ceramic body with chrome metal accents. The rectangular shade is a silken bronze textile with edge trim.

Green goddessâ calla lilies are vibrant and fresh in a modern, clear glass vase with water.

Yet another current favorite is olive.

Picture how the rich pimento red and green of an olive punch up the transparency of a martini.

Lush, green, moss-covered sphere is supported and entwined by wooded vines in a hand finished, terra cotta planter that is heavily distressed, mossy green with aged brown and black undertones and a heavy rotten stone glaze.


The picture on the left from Benjamin Moore's gallery is illustrative of how green (in this case Brookside Moss) can be paired with black and blue grays. The dramatic black accent wall crowned with a contemporary piece of artwork is offset by a crisp green, nook at the far end of the room. The green  is associated back to the color scheme with decorative pillows which add punch to the neutral couch.

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