When I think of green, I think of the rolling hills of Ireland. I think of flying into the Netherlands and seeing the green fields below. I think of hot summer days spent at my favorite park in Winnipeg with a good book. When I try to picture green, I see something growing, a tree, a garden, grass. What I don't picture very often, is green in our interiors. That is not to say I haven't used the color in a home but in the past, it has held an aged quality to me. I remember mint green rooms in older homes. Perhaps that is your association too.
That said, green is themost restful color to the human eye. We can also discern more shades of green than any other color. It is the color of nurturing, of renewing and restoring depleted energy. It gives us a sanctuary away from modern day stresses, restoring our sense of well-being 1. It is also one of the most prevalent colors in nature. I don't know anybody who doesn't love getting outside and taking in fresh green growth. The first buds in summer, green carpets of grass springing back to life, fields a few weeks after planting showing a rich green blanket of new growth. Green is the color of balance and harmony.
Designer Kelly Wearstler notes, "Green is such an amazing, confident color. It's life-giving, and it makes me think of nature, health and vitality." (Lisa Cregan's 'House Beautiful Color').
Do I have you dreaming of summertime yet?
In this gorgeous open living space, the soft mossy accent color really gives the big area a comfortable, restful feeling. As the kitchen is open to this area, it still has a great view beyond the glass without having heavy accents drawing the eye away from the view. And framing the big panes of glass are subtle, color-blocked drapes, with the green nicely grounding the tall wall.
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