Posted on | February 13, 2012 | 27 Comments
House Beautiful‘s color of the year is green! Great choice—it’s my favorite! House Beautiful asked me to submit my favorite green room from their archive. I choose the sitting room decorated by Phoebe Howard above. Click here to view more beautiful green rooms contributed by bloggers. Plus, a quote from me!
I’m drawn to mossy/gray/sage greens. A color that feels modern but with a nod to Colonial style. When I was looking for green paints for my own home I was particularly drawn to Farrow & Ball’s palette. Their paints have a different depth and tone that feels bright but earthy. The book Farrow & Ball’s Living With Colour is a goldmine of inspiration for older homes. What??? You don’t own it? Hush, go buy it now! It’s my number one inspiration resource for this blog and house. All the homes are in England but each interior reflects an appreciation for the past with thoughtful modern touches. Below interiors featured in Farrow & Ball’s Living With Colour featuring a few of their paints.
Farrow & Ball: Calke Green on walls.
Farrow & Ball: French Grey on walls.
Farrow & Ball: Pigeon on walls.
At first I thought I wanted to paint the walls green in my den and the molding an off white. We spent months painfully stripping paint from all the tiny cracks of the molding. The green on the molding at the time felt too scary and bold.
I purchased a few paint sample pots and tested on a large wall primed in white. I painted BIG samples not tiny little squares. I kept the paint samples up for months viewing them in different light conditions throughout the day. My house is much brighter in the winter and in the summer months becomes shaded by near by trees. I set up table lamps and brainstormed how the green would react to other colors that could appear on sofas and chairs. I realized painting the molding off-white just felt too boring. The molding detail got lost and just feel blah. Below a series of photos from different points of the renovation process.
Testing green paints shown in different light conditions and progressing through the renovation of the room. The walls and molding are primed and NOT the final paint color. From left to right: Farrow & Ball’s Cooking Apple Green, Teresa’s Green, Vert De Terre, Light Blue, Green Ground, Saxon Green.
I picked Vert De Terre for the molding which feels more saturated in direct sunlight during the winter and much cooler and mossy in the summer. The walls are painted James White—a color suggest by Farrow & Ball as a complement.
We have a few more steps to complete the room, order interior shutters, restore and hang the doors, fix the crumbling firebox, stripe the floors and then decorate. I want to keep the room in the same vain as Phoebe’s with gray, yellow and wood accents and some pink or red. Below a snapshot of the room.