The best colors to go with green

Annie Bader

Have you turned green yet? It has been voted color of the year by countless color authorities, has headlined numerous interiors by renowned designers and has stolen hearts VERANDA editors again and again. It’s easy to explain why green has become the “it” color of decor: the shade of green immediately ushers in nature’s calming presence and feels so refreshing. But if you want to paint some emerald or sea foam paint on your walls but aren’t sure which colors go with green, you’ve come to the right place.

Nicole Gibbons, an acclaimed interior designer and founder of Clare, loves using green in homes. The brilliant mind behind the color company notes that due to an increased interest in shades of green, Clare has actually launched two new shades of green this year: High Vibe and Extra Virgin. For Gibbons, their renewed love for all things green stems from their innate connection to nature and versatility.

“If you think about nature and the colors that we see around, everything goes perfectly with green,” says Gibbons. “Our eye has been trained to appreciate nature’s colors and how they interact, and I think the same attraction or attraction can exist indoors as well.”

Depending on its undertones and combinations, green can evoke a sense of serenity just as easily as it can feel edgy and add drama to a space. Finding the perfect green color scheme comes down to understanding which hues appeal to you the most and using them fearlessly. To ease your journey down the green path, Gibbons has shared essential decorating tips along with her favorite colors to pair with green.

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Treat green as neutral

With so many different undertones to choose from, Gibbons often suggests people start with medium greens like Clare’s Dirty Martini, as they tend to add just the right amount of colorful energy to a room without being intimidating to act.

“I think they are very versatile and can work almost like a neutral.” The lightness of these shades of green allows them to adapt to almost any style of furnishing, combining perfectly with the colors that are already in your home. When in doubt, shifting shades of warm neutrals always make for an elegant vibe.

While you can browse the pages of VERANDA For inspiration, or even scrolling through social media, Gibbons asks people to look outside their own windows to find color inspiration from the world around them.

“There are so many beautiful greens in nature that you could kindly draw into your space.” Notice which colors work well naturally, with greens drawing your attention. Bewitched by a fluffy magenta dahlia with rich green leaves? Try incorporating this unexpected color combination into your own living room or study.

For those looking to step out of the neutral color scheme, Gibbons recommends pairing your favorite shade of green with a calming blue. The chic color combination feels utterly serene and naturally lends a room a more upscale appeal.

I think blue and green are like black and white,” says Gibbons. “Everything goes back to nature. The green treetops never look out of place against the blue sky.”


Combine green with…More green

After falling in love with a certain shade of green, you might feel inclined to use that exact hue everywhere, from the walls to the fabrics that adorn your interior. Gibbons recommends avoiding overuse of any particular shade as it can fade.

“Rather than having all the monochromatic tones of green, switch them up by using a mix of midtones, lighter tones, and dark tones,” says Gibbons. “This creates more variation in the shades of green you bring in and keeps the space from feeling one-dimensional.”

Although it may be a little intimidating at first, Gibbons always encourages her clients to step out of their comfort zones and opt for the vibrant shade that constantly lures them in. The key is toning down those bold hues with reliable staples so the space doesn’t feel overpowering.

“My color philosophy is to either go bold on your walls and neutral on your furniture, or vice versa,” says Gibbons. “Either pop color throughout your space with a neutral primer, or take color as a base and keep your core furniture and accessories more relaxed.”

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