Category: Color

Hot New Greens for Fall Decorating

Several shades of green have arisen at the hottest colors for fall. One interesting green showing up on the runways is a cross between pine green and army green — a dark green with a brown inside. Along with the people at Pantone, a business that creates color management methods for designers, are touting two greens for autumn: Ultramarine Green (a dark jade) and Bright Chartreuse.

If you are a fan of the color green, then keep reading for inspirational pictures and suggestions about how best to incorporate these hip hues into your house.

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Jennifer Ott Design

This year’s popular greens, clockwise from top left: a vibrant chartreuse, Nervy Hue SW6917 from Sherwin-Williams; a army/evergreen color, Woodland Park KM3352-5 from Kelly-Moore; a subdued chartreuse, Adobe Sun 082-5 from Mythic Paint; and a hue similar to Pantone’s Ultramarine Green, Ming Jade 2043-20 from Benjamin Moore.

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design

Bright Greens

Chartreuse plays nicely with light neutrals like the whites, grays and timber tones shown here in this gorgeous, contemporary kitchen and dining room. As a bonus, colorful finish materials — like backsplash tile — and bold-hued furniture and accessories can pick up the slack when you lack wall area for artwork.

Bright chartreuse is a great option when working with contemporary architecture. Clean lines and simple forms can take large swaths of bold color.

NOA Architecture Planning Interiors

One of my favorite ways to use color in a residence is to paint the interiors of wall niches. If you want more neutral interiors, you could keep the wall color white, beige or gray then inject a bit of bold color just inside the market for a fun little pop.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

Include a vibrant green hue on your bathroom for a fun, young vibe — perfect for the kids’ bathroom or a powder room in a contemporary house. This is one of my favorite colours, but for all those worried about growing tired of this kind of glowing hue on a vanity, consider adding the color via easily changed out accessories.

Texas Construction Company

If chartreuse green is too lively to your interiors, consider finding ways to use it outside. The lighter, brighter, and more spacious the distance is, the less intense the chartreuse will appear.

Robin Amorello, CKD CAPS – Atmoscaper Design

Here, chartreuse is used to highlight fascinating exterior architectural components. Additionally, it is a great color for front door or window trim. To maintain the look somewhat subtle, pair it with neutral hues, like the steely blue and wood tones here. Utilize the vibrant colours on things you wish to really stand out, and utilize the darker, longer neutral hues for anything you would rather blend in the background.

Raymond Jungles, Inc..

Chartreuse also works nicely as a background color for the garden. It pairs nicely with the cooler greens on your landscape and will help soften hardscaping, like this concrete wall.

Timothyj kitchen & bathroom, inc..


Jade green creates a soothing, sophisticated vibe at a bathroom. This cool blue-green colour evokes a spa much from home and close to the water — the supreme destressing color.

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Ultramarine green works with traditional, contemporary and all design styles in between. This kitchen features a nice balance of neutral and bold colours.

Witt Construction


The wall shade in this year’s warm walnut hue, is a handsome take on impartial green. The rich color makes this area ready to host autumn gatherings.

Daniel M Martin, Architect LLC

Army green — a hot green with lots of brown inside — reads like a neutral, perfect for the exterior of a house.

Camber Construction

Army green can also work well in your exterior trim. This green shade works nicely with the timber shingles, but you might also pair it using brick, rock or other neutral-hued siding. It’s a rather dark hue, so if you would like contrast between the siding and trim colours, choose a lighter colour for the siding.

Diane Bennett Bedford

Green Accessories

You do not have to paint your walls a vibrant colour to get a nice dose of color in a space. Instead, collect and exhibit decorative accessories on your favorite colour. They’re much easier and cheaper to change out than wall furniture or paint.


Nucha Vase – $14.95

If you like chartreuse but can’t invest a great deal of time or cash to bring it in your house, choose one of those fantastic, well-priced accessories available in the favorite color, like this vase from CB2.


Bernhard Chair, Chrome Plated, Kavat Green-Yellow – $149

The cheaper an item is, the more I tend to be more adventurous with color. All these chartreuse chairs from Ikea are a relatively cheap way to inject fun color into a casual dining space.


Julius Grass Twin Sleeper Sofa – $999

When investing in furniture, try to locate pieces that can perform double duty, like this combo loveseat/twin sleeper in fashionable chartreuse.

West Elm

Aydin Rug

This gorgeous rug from West Elm comes with a rich pattern in this year’s hip green hues.

Sundance Catalog

Texas Spinning Stool – $225

I can view this charming stool functioning in a variety of interiors — from a conventional antique-filled house into an industrial loft space.

Picture Frames

I really like the organic, asymmetrical type of those vases and that they have a nice patinated finish in our featured colours.

Barn Light Electric Co

Mig Retro Steel Pendant Light – $149

Do not overlook lighting as a way to present an interesting shape or form, as well as color, into your house. This cool decorative necklace would look fantastic lined up at a set of three or two over a kitchen island.

Inform us What is your favorite green hue? How have you utilized it in or around your property?

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Mustard Yellow Offers a Taste for Rooms

There was a time when mustard yellow was one of these colours that sprucing up Brady Bunch nightmares, similar to burnt orange and avocado green. Thankfully, we’ve come to our senses since then, and mustard has gone from obsolete to dashing. Yellow can be a tricky color to use, but the browns in mustard make it a little easier to approach. Need proof? Just examine the varied personalities that mustard happens under.

Muted. Deep grey retains a mustard coverlet and pillows in check, preserving this bedroom’s quiet air.

Lizette Marie Interior Design

Glam. Mustard-yellow tile provides a swanky top note to a sophisticated bath. The effect has more mystique than white could provide.

Strong. To pull off a yellow sofa, you will need a space with enough moxie to stand until the effect. This picture scheme rises to the challenge .

Lisa Hallett Taylor

Mod. Deep mustard yellow, a classic midcentury colour, perfectly matches the aesthetic attitude of this dwelling area and reflects the gold flooring colour.

Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Elegant. Subtle mustard on the island lightens the banks of black cabinetry also elevates the texture of this kitchen.

Michael Sisti

Cheery. This yellowish door just beams, drawing people right in.

Klang & Associates

Eclectic. It’s hard to envision another wall colour that would seem as fitting as mustard does in this informal, collected bedroom. It’s just offbeat enough to encourage the gallery wall and panoply of layouts.

Leona Mozes Photography

Formal. Mustard reveals its traditional side in this gracious dining room. Woods with undertones look all the richer against it.

In the mood for mustard? Try one of the paint picks below.

Serena & Lily

Dandelion Wall Paint – Gallon – $45

Use this French-inspired yellowish in an area that gets sunlight. Illuminated, it radiates an irresistible glow.

Benjamin Moore Ben Paint, Cork – $35.95

Khaki is bordered on by this Dijon mustard colour. If you like the idea of yellow but aren’t convinced about venturing beyond impartial land, make it your very first step.

Paints Stains And Glazes – $36

Bright, this color and soft would seem pitch perfect.

Benjamin Moore

Goldsmith Paint

The golden notes in this mustard paint give it a glamorous edge.

Benjamin Moore

Hannah Banana Paint

Try this dignified yellowish to set the tone for a study or home office.

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Mood Indigo: 11 Reasons to Love This Rich Blue

In my fleeting love affairs with color (thanks to the memories, crimson ), there’s one old flame I have never left: indigo. Classic and complicated, it brings a dash of mystique to the comforting familiarity of gloomy. Here are a couple of great ways to coating it into a room.

I could stare at this composition daily. Pure white seems luminous from the soaked indigo walls and floor — it’s an arresting matchup.

Burnham Design

The intricate design with this torso, magnificent both for its color and pattern, seems as though it had been painted with India ink. And the way the image frame brings the color up is a nice touch.

Austin Patterson Disston Architects

This living area appears as crisp and tailored as a blue blazer paired with a white shirt. Pale blue from the kitchen really is a nice reflection of its darker counterpart.

Susan Serra

Blue kitchen cabinets always catch my eye, and those have the faded, textured charm of lace. The blue is a nice middle ground between the white cupboards and dark floor.

Moon Design + Build

Here’s another take on an indigo kitchen — this one considerably sleeker and more modern. The glossy cabinets cool down the blue and give it a mod twist.

Nina Jizhar

Splashes of indigo make this calm white bedroom to life. The natural, freeform art permeates the geometric lines and keeps the distance from appearing overly static.

The Lettered Cottage

Wow — this overscale mural is a eye-popper. The room feels like it’s wrapped in a large, cozy indigo cardigan.

Tracy Murdock Allied ASID

The high-gloss indigo walls are fantastic, but that desk is the crowning touch. The glistening finish comes from auto paint — too cool!

Deep indigo walls make an intense but subtle background for layers of texture in this dining area.

Studio Marcelo Brito

Deep blues and oxblood reds provide a classic color pairing refreshing appeal. I enjoy seeing a sunroom that is not performed in tropical brights or washed-out, beachy colors.

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