Color - Decorating With Green


I’m just going to admit right now that I am squarely on Team Blue. In all its various shades from dusty to turquoise. But man oh man is Green making a strong case for itself lately.

It seems like everywhere I look there are images of green being used in beautiful ways.

Don’t get me wrong, I like green…I’m a plant mama and love what green plants bring to our home. Green is probably one of the most common colors we see indoors and out. It is a positive color psychologically, as it represents renewal in Spring, rebirth and refresh.

The symbol that is used for recycling is green and Sustainable Design is also rightfully called Green Design.

There are beautiful, rich greens in paint colors, furniture, textiles and art as well as light and airy, soft mint greens. Green can be moody or barely there, light and airy.

So how is Green being used in homes?

So many ways…

Starting at the front door.


This just says “Won’t you come in?”

Forest Greens, depending on the paint finish, whether satin or gloss, can be traditional or have a more modern look.

This smoky green used by Emily Henderson in a Portland remodel pairs perfectly with the marble counter tops and wood floors. Pewter Green by Sherwin-Williams

This library gets a refresh from this mid-tone green bookcase.

Green mixed with a little yellow adds a bright and funky twist in the kids room above and the kitchen below.

Great Barrington Green by Benjamin Moore

This mint green kitchen with the mismatched pendants and black and white rug show the perfect way to get an eclectic, fresh vibe in this LA home. Moth’s Wing by Behr

And then there’s sofas and chairs getting the green treatment.


Especially green velvet!


Whether its an olive, sage, chartreuse, forest or mint green, just like in nature, there are an infinite number of greens out there.

The undertone of greens will determine what colors to pair it with. White, black, gray, blush or pink, other complementary shades of green, yellow, orange, blues…the possibilities are endless.

Green is having a moment and I think will be here for a bit. I know I’m loving it and who knows…there may be a green room in my future!


By design,


Paint 101 - Picking the Perfect Sheen

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This post…well, this is not going to be the super fun post with all the great before and after photos. This post will be about as exciting as, well watching paint dry. This is the third cousin to those awesome before and after pics…but hopefully it has a lot of information and a really good personality!

Sometimes if a client is looking for a refresh of their home, they can get the most bang for their buck with paint. Whether doing it as a weekend DIY project or hiring someone, paint can be a game changer on your walls or a piece of furniture.

I do Color and Paint Consultations and once a color is chosen, the question I’m asked most often is what type of paint do I use?

My answer depends on what is being painted and where it is. So what is sheen and why does it matter?

Sheen is the amount of shine or resin that is in the paint and how much it reflects light. Today’s paints have new and improved formulas that last longer and wear better, but it still helps to use the correct paint for the project. There are five basic paint types.


Source: Behr Paints

So here we go…

Flat or Matte - Has virtually no shine and has an almost chalk look to it. It is good for hiding imperfections on a surface but if you have kids or pets, use this one on the ceiling only. In new homes, it is often the choice of the contractor because it is the least expensive. That lack of resin, that creates shine in a paint also makes it hard to clean, and subject to stain.

Eggshell - Slightly more sheen than a flat paint and more washable too. You could use this in a dining room, master bedroom or any room that doesn’t get a lot of traffic. It reflects light better than flat paint does to give a soft lustre.

Satin - A satin finish can have a pearl effect. It can be used in moderate to heavy traffic areas like living and family rooms, hallways, kitchens, trim and shutters. You could also use when painting furniture.

Semi-Gloss - Semi-Gloss paint is great for high traffic, high use areas. Paint your kitchen, woodwork, trim, and doors in this highly scrubbable paint. This paint has a medium reflecting value and because of that will show any nicks or imperfections.

High Gloss (Sheen) - This paint has a very shiny almost glass-like finish. It is very on trend for bedrooms and dining rooms to give that laqcured look. It has a high durability and can also be used in high traffic areas like kitchens, trim, cabinetry, doors and shutters.


Source: House Beautiful Magazine

I hope these tips for picking out the type of paint for each project were helpful.

For you as an extra bonus I’m including a FREE Printable on the right Paint Sheens for you to use. Just click the link below for yours!

Paint 101 - Paint Sheens