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Spring Leaf Palette

Spring has finally sprung, and I am celebrating with a new palette today! Green has always been one of my favorite colors, full of life and hope and sunshine.

Spring leaf palette with bright greens

After putting this palette together, I realized it’s almost exactly the color theme I chose when designing my blog. (Guess I really do like green!)

Greens can be a little difficult to work with, when designing a palette for a room. I doubt you’d want to do your whole bedroom in the third color, for instance. But they can make great accent pieces, and you can pair green with almost any other color successfully. In fact, some designers call green a “neutral” because it can go with so many other colors.

Hues towards the bluer end of the “green” family tend to be calming and beachy, while the yellow end of the spectrum infuses a space with energy. When grayed down, greens become sophisticated and grounded.

In this palette, I imagine that you’d paint the walls of the room in the first color, and reserve the other three colors for all the decor: curtains, pillows, furniture, etc. But if you’re the adventurous type, try drenching your walls in several high-gloss coats of the fourth color, and using the first three, plus white, as your accents.

As always, I recommend Valspar, and these colors are as follows, left to right:

  • Grasshopper
  • Sonic Lime
  • Can’t Miss Lime
  • French Olive

If you’re having trouble pulling together a color palette for your room, or your whole house, I’d love to help! Also, if you have a photo that you think would be fun to use as a base for a palette, please let me know and I’d be honored to feature it.

Do you love green, or hate it? I love to hear what you think.

Photo credit: @Doug88888 / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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Limeade Gal

Monday 19th of May 2014

Love green! I tend to use it more in my clothing & accessories than as a home decor color. I also love finding different shades of green to use in my shade gardens. After reading this I must ponder why I haven't incorporated green inside :). Looks like you have inspired me to try this!

Meredith

Monday 19th of May 2014

Great! Your shade gardens sound wonderful...

Welli

Friday 16th of May 2014

I am wearing a green top as I comment. I wont say its my favourite colour, but I also have it onmy blog. It is just a refreshing colour in the right tone and so I like its soothing outlook.

Meredith

Monday 19th of May 2014

Refreshing is good word for it!

Happy Skywalker

Friday 16th of May 2014

I love having lots of green around. My bedroom is all greens with white walls, sky blue ceiling, and wood furniture and floors. Super outdoorsy, lots of plants and some mounted butterflies. Then, BAM! My bed is bright red. I promise you that it works. It feels calm, but not tired. It's the green (yellowish leafy greens) that makes it feel fresh and clean.

Meredith

Monday 19th of May 2014

That sounds gorgeous! Sounds like a happy place. :)

tuhinmech

Thursday 15th of May 2014

True...green signifies life.I find the lighter shades of green very smooth and soothing...I read somewhere that having green around you improves the positive energies. Is it true, Meredith?

Meredith

Monday 19th of May 2014

That makes sense. I've never studied the actual psychology of it, but most people I talk to find it a happy color.

Laurie S Hurley

Thursday 15th of May 2014

I love green - it's one of my branding colors. And I love the names the paint stores come up with for all the hues and tones. I want that job! And yes, green is the new black!

Meredith

Monday 19th of May 2014

Me too! Those people are a special kind of creative.

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