We learn from kindergarten that yellow and blue make green. If it were that simple. Green comes in nearly infinite colors colours and values (lightness or darkness). You will find yellow-greens and blue-greens and gray-greens. You will find warm greens and cool greens, light greens and dark greens. Jade, emerald, grass, sea, leaf, viridian… even the names are infinite.

In other words, before going with green, it helps to choose what we are talking about. Bluish mint is a long way from sage. And kelly hunter and green green hardly even get together.

What green you choose will help ascertain the disposition of a space. A glowing apple green looks refreshing and spring like. A dark hue green can be somber and refined. Chartreuse is modern and refreshing; it’s subdued and conventional.

There are a few principles that apply to the majority of greens. Like many colors, they all look good with a crisp white. Greens are almost universally positive. They make us think of nature, fresh starts, spring and youth. Green is not a particularly sexy color, however it is an uplifting one. The Germanic roots of the phrase mean”to grow”

As these photos showgreen can be used almost anywhere, with virtually every style. You simply need to know what you are going for.

Annalea Hart

Apple Green

Think of a perfect Granny Smith. This green is bright and cheerful and warm.

Merzbau Design Collective

Apple green evokes spring and freshness and fresh shoots. And onto a high-gloss floor, it looks like a meadow.

Tamar Schechner/Nest Pretty Things Inc

Green doesn’t have to be on the wall. Use it as an accent on furniture, trim, stairs and doors. I adore this surprising, cheery green staircase.

Vendome Press

Another illustration of green as an accent colour. I adore the green windowthe colour makes the window a focal point, but it is not overpowering.

Elizabeth Dinkel

A glowing apple green works perfectly well in a conventional setting. This chinoiserie wallpaper is equally age appropriate and modern.


Here’s a much yellower version of apple. Think Golden Delicious or pears. It is bright and modern andyes, almost chartreuse.

Gridley + Graves Photographers

Somewhere between chartreuse and apple lies this lovely, cheery colour. I can practically feel the spring rain on my head.

Witt Construction

Olive Green

Olive is a dark yellow green. It is warm and elegant and earthy. This one is both very dim and yellow — like a woods moss.

This is a dusky olive that is medium . Not quite as yellow as a few but still warm.


A glowing, quite yellow olive has a modern edge to it. It is not quite as staid as its darker cousins. It might even be a bit cheeky.

Crisp Architects

Sage Green

Sage greens are lettuce with gray undertones. They’re soft and dimmed and can be either cool or warm. They’re also very, very popular and when misused can be as boring as beige.

Mark pinkerton – vi360 photography

A warm sage green goes well with earth tones, like browns and ochers. It is muted and calming.

Crisp Architects

This medium cool sage around a earthy bathtub has a barely-there feeling.

Sroka Design, Inc..

An extremely pale cool sage is a more vibrant colour than the darker version. This is a conventional area, but the colour pops in an understated way.

Tim Barber Ltd Architecture

Mint Green

Mint green is creamy and trendy and very close to turquoise. It can have a 1950s feel to it, as it will in this bathroom.

Brennan + Company Architects

It can be quite light and dreamy but nevertheless a tiny icy, no?

Rachel Reider Interiors

Different tones of mint layered together. The feel is as crisp and cool as a mouthful of Listerine.

Dreamy Whites

Mint-green accessories in an darkened room. Very shabby chic.

Found Design

Another shabby elegant mint green with pink and white. It has a French country feel.

Philpotts Interiors

Kelly(ish) Green

that I love this glistening kelly-green mantel. It is so sudden and lively without being idiotic.

Andrea Schumacher Interiors

A level, trendy kelly green provides this kitchen so much punch. And it looks good with the blue of a similar tone. It is modern and inviting.

Mary Wyar Photography

Navy blue and kelly green. It is a pretty, preppy combo that will always be in fashion.

Erica George Dines Photography

This green nightstand is perhaps more avocado compared to kelly, but it is still nice and bright. And it looks great with natural wood and blue.

Alan Design Studio

Celadon Green

The colour refers to a specific kind of traditional Korean pottery. It is a really pale spring green frequently seen as a glaze on tile.


More celadon tile. It is warm and clean looking.

S / Wiley Interior Photography

Green Outdoor

A photo of lime is what this subdued, earthy colour palette needed. Perfect.

The Taunton Press, Inc

Hunter-green trim on a natural shingle-style residence. It is cozy cottage without being overly cute or female.

Kenny Craft, CNU LEED AP

Shades of avocado and olive provide this architecturally basic house a great deal of oomph.

Raymond Jungles, Inc..

A glowing chartreuse wall pops in this garden but also resembles a pure area of the picture.


Gecko SW6719 Paint

A bright, medium true green color.

Benjamin Moore

Green Thumb CSP-870 Paint

A bit grayer but still bright and cheery.

Benjamin Moore Ben Paint, Baby Fern 2029-20 – $35.95

Apple green.

Benjamin Moore

Willow Springs Green 418 Paint

Whoa. Picture this as a window trim.

Benjamin Moore

Perfectly Pesto CSP-895 Paint

A dark, warm olive .

Benjamin Moore

Martini Olive CSP-890 Paint

A much lighter olive.

Benjamin Moore

Barefoot in the Grass CSP-840 Paint

A gray olive, still with lots of yellow.

Benjamin Moore Ben Paint, Peale Green HC-121 – $35.95

This dark hue stays between olive and sage.


Sheraton Sage SW0014 Paint

A dark brown blossom.

Benjamin Moore

Brookside Moss 2145-30 Paint

A little lighter and a bit yellower.

Benjamin Moore

Spring Has Sprung CSP-835 Paint

A warm sage.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Saybrook Sage Paint

A trendy grayish sage.

Benjamin Moore

Lilly Pad 480 Paint

Yellower and greener but nevertheless gray.

Benjamin Moore

Antique Jade Paint

An extremely cool blossom or even a dark celadon.

Benjamin Moore

Celadon Green 2028-60 Paint

A yellow-celadon.

Benjamin Moore

Cat’s Eye 2036-10 Paint

An authentic kelly green.

Benjamin Moore Complete Green Paint

Darker and bluer than authentic kelly green, but close.


Clean Green Paint

Bright mint green.


Slow Green SW6456 Paint

A blue-gray mint.


Cucumber SW6722 Paint

A trendy’50s mint green.

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