Wednesday, March 3, 2010


In the past few years the color green has been associated with the environment. Green building, sustainability, and our carbon foot print. In the building industry environmental awareness is very important, from demolition, to building with sustainable products, to reusing and recycling materials, and finishing with products that have little or no off gassing. But there use to be a time when "Green" was a color. A color that came from nature, the backdrop to all the other beautiful colors inspired by nature. Sage, celadon, moss, chartreuse, hunter all different shades of green, by adding or subtracting gray, yellow, or brown, green can take on a new identity.
Sage gets its softness and neutral quality because of the gray undertones, while celadon is rich due to the subtle browns that make it a neutral color. Moss, has been around for centuries, a timeless shade of green, often used in period interiors and historic preservation, and a favorite color of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Here are some inspirations in green...

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I love the chinoiserie hand painted wall covering, especially in this bright green color, it can be very refreshing in the dining room.

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The Beige walls and cream colors in this room, designed by Tobi Fairley, help bring down the intensity of the green on the drapery and the lounge chair covered with the toile, while the bright green fabric covering the wing back chairs make the room bright and adding a punch of color, at the same time making a traditional piece of furniture modern and fun.

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Tory Burch's New York apartment, used as the site for the photo shoot of her spring collection.
This is the living room, all the walls have been upholstered in moss green velvet, including the sofa with green leather chairs.

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The green of the Murano glass brings the outdoors in to this beach inspired living room. Other accent colors include turquoise blue, and brown, all complimenting the mossy green of the chandelier.

image {Chris Barrett}

The only way to bring any space into life is with the use of plants and flowers. It doesn't matter what style or colors you have used greenery, and elements from our natural surrounding, add character, charm, and beauty. I guess that's what makes green such a timeless color.

Firoozeh Khorrami


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