Green: The Back-to-Nature Color 2020 Craves
Whether used as a subtle neutral or a standout accent, shades of green are popping up everywhere. The reason? It’s versatile. Here are some ways to use it on walls, trim, tile and more.
In the color science world, green works well with everyone — all types of people relate to it. And after years of white and shades of gray, people are collectively craving color, making soothing green a natural go-to. You may have noticed shades of green popping up on popular designer websites and social media the last few months. In fact, two shades of green were even named 2020 colors of the year.
From a fresh minty hue to a dark and dramatic forest green, the color works well in bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms and living areas. Green speaks of new life and healthy living. Use it for wall color, tiles, and all kinds of decor — the nature-based hue goes with just about every color scheme, including those that feature neutrals, pinks, gold, brass, black, and silver.
If you’re ready for a back-to-nature feel in your space, consider these ways to use green in any room:
Use It as a Neutral on Trim
When mixed in soft, muted shades, green can act as a neutral anchor, providing a refreshing change from more traditional browns and grays. If applied in certain areas, like doors and trim, the hue brings life to all-white rooms without overpowering. For example, a dusty olive paint color applied to trim and baseboards can add subtle visual interest to neutral spaces. As a more naturally-inspired shade of green, it also works well on exterior trim or siding, as it blends harmoniously with natural landscapes.
Use Dark Green on Kitchen Cabinets
A refreshing departure from the popular white-on-white kitchens, dark green kitchen cabinetry adds depth and character to the space. In order to bring balance to the saturated shade, consider pairing painted lower cabinets with light and airy open shelving.
Use Gray-Green for a Moody Vibe
An excellent choice for a subdued and relaxing bedroom, shades of green with gray undertones bring a moody ambiance, as well as a sophisticated, gender-neutral characteristic that ages well. Apply it to a room’s ceiling, walls and trim to create a dramatically restful experience.
Use Garden-Inspired Greens as Accents
Look to your favorite houseplants or garden varieties to find easygoing shades of green you can live with. Some designers are gravitating towards shades inspired by succulents, such as a modern version of hunter green that features stone-gray undertones. This particular shade pairs well with natural materials like linen, jute or wood for a more subdued version of the “bringing the outside in” trend.
Use Deep Green to Add Life to a Room
In design, it’s standard operating procedure to use plants to add life to a room that feels too stark. Just as plants bring life, so does the color green since we naturally associate the color with vegetation. For example, apply a rich green hue to an accent wall in an otherwise white room to pick up colors found in other decor, like wall art and houseplants. Choose a reflective sheen to keep the saturated green color from feeling too dark.
Choose Green for a Classic Pattern
Aside from paint, wallpaper offers an opportunity to combine the trendy color with a striking pattern. These patterns, even vintage-inspired ones, are in a sense re-imagined when done in a fresh green hue. When actively looking, you’ll find that some wallpaper patterns are extremely versatile, with the ability to be dressed up or dressed down. And in certain environments, some patterns can read almost like a texture rather than a color, which is interesting.
Freshen Up Familiar Designs With Forest Green
There are some patterns that we’ve all seen before — classic designs we know and love. The right color can give those classic designs a fresh spin and make them appear like a brand new discovery. For example, a modern green hue that feels current applied to a retro-inspired backsplash tile design. Past trends have included blue and pink, and now green is having its moment. Unlike the forest greens that were big in the ’90s, it’s now a deep, rich green that is making waves in the design world.