We’ve had a few years of lime and chartreuse, colors that certainly add splash and dash to our homes. How many of us still adore accent wares in these hues? I think of vases, garden stools and pillows in these colors, which remain far from passé.
But an old-but-new again green is now making its way back as a trend. It’s kelly green — the color of lush summer lawns and yellow-tinted emeralds. The color traces its roots to Ireland and conjures images of that verdant landscape.
Kelly green is fresh, for sure, and offers plenty of versatility in a room. Depending on what it's paired with — deep charcoal grays look marvelous — it can lean preppy, high glam or richly dramatic. It’s truly a classic.
The color looks absolutely smashing lacquered or in high gloss on walls, especially when it's up against creamy white moldings, wainscoting and trim. Benjamin Moore has kelly green in its Preview Collection (2037-30). “Direct” green (6924) from Duron paints also seems spot on to me.
Need some ideas on how to add this color to your space? Lay the groundwork for a kelly-green update with the pictured pattern-pulsing rug from Capel Rugs Richmond. It’s an Uzbek design and part of the Genevieve Gorder collection. Start small with a 3-by-5-foot option, priced at $222.75, or take the kelly-green plunge by anchoring a room with an 8-by-11-foot size for $1,347.75.
Little additions such as a $75 Greek Key-painted wastebasket (pictured) are a simple way to bring kelly green into your home. It’s from Haymarket Designs, and I found it at Openhouse in the Shops at 5807. Place it in a powder room for an on-trend surprise.
What about a little modern excitement? Consider this sculpted plastic stool ($198) from Urban Outfitters. It certainly delivers some Kelly green gusto.