Hear us out—green is not as scary as it seems. The right green can calm, energize, or even ground a room. We talked to interior designs to help you make sure you're choosing a shade that'll complement your house, not totally give off witchy-vibes.
"I was walking through a client's living room and said, very softly, 'Pistachio.' Instead of calling me crazy, she picked up on it immediately and we chose this vibrant green, lighter than pear but with a certain pungent quality. Once you were enveloped in it, it actually became almost neutral. It elevated the whole room and made it feel more sophisticated." — Michael Richman
Sherwin-Williams Gleeful SW6709
"On the beautiful blue side of classic celadon, this color is a complement to everything it meets. Let it be the bold stroke and keep the rest of the scheme simple; you can't go wrong with black and white for countertops, tile, etc." — David Kaihoi
Farrow & Ball Teresa's Green 236
"Choose a color for the walls that you see outside. It will give you a sense that the room continues beyond the windows. In the country, it might be this crisp green, the green of stems in the garden, and leaves on the trees. Green is a color that makes me feel alive. It elevates your spirit, which is going to make any room feel larger." — Jay Jeffers
Benjamin Moore Shades of Spring 537
"Green is in the middle of the spectrum, so in a sense it incorporates both ends and embraces all the realms of light that people need for nourishment. It evokes both warmth and coolness. Since it's ubiquitous in nature, it takes us back to nature." — Donald Kaufman
Benjamin Moore Sage Tint 458
Want to kick your color up a notch? You need a bold blue or yellow green.
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"This is a Palm Beach green, very strong and vibrant with a shot of yellow in it. It takes me back to the '60s and '70s, that carefree David Hicks and Lilly Pulitzer period. I think of parties with ice cubes clinking in glasses and lots of laughter. There's an optimism to this green. You feel like the world's going to be all right. Bring in pink, persimmon, and lots of white, or hang some interesting photography to give it more depth and sophistication." —Christopher Maya
Benjamin Moore Douglas Fir 2028-20
"I just did this in a double parlor with a lot of white woodwork in Charleston, South Carolina, and I'm so pleased with it. It looks exactly like a green apple. Very fresh and very pretty. Dogs love it because they think they're out in the garden. Green is one of the easiest colors because everyone relates to it. I added touches of geranium pink, yellow, and blue." — Mario Buatta
Benjamin Moore Chic Lime
An earthy, forest green can feel grounding in a room. Plus, it's a little more classic than a brighter hue.
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"Imagine opening the front door and seeing this bright kelly green in a high-lacquer finish. It's fun and unexpected. Or, it would be amazing in a bedroom with white bedding and furniture. It would make a small room feel special. Be fearless and add hot fuchsia, orange, or teal." — Gregory McGuire
Benjamin Moore Kelly Green 2037-30
"This classic hunter green feels like a color I've known my entire life—in the leaves of a magnolia tree, a sprig of fresh-cut basil, or my favorite flannel shirt in the second grade. In a Minnesota farmhouse kitchen, it has a comforting familiarity that evokes a sense of home. It's a color with soul, and that never goes out of style." — Jeff Andrews
Sherwin-Williams Secret Garden SW 6181
"Green is my favorite color. I've actually had to design away from it at times because I'm so drawn to it. This is a color you might see in a vintage English chintz or a summer garden. How to describe it? Maybe fresh green peas? Yes—that's it. It works just as well in Palm Beach with hot pink as in New York with black and white. I often use it for playrooms because it's fun and vibrant and looks great with toys and kids." — DD Allen
Donald Kaufman DKC-23