How to Update Forest Green with Paint Colour
Countertops / flooring / tiles / bathroom fixtures, toilets, tubs / etc…
(Partner post to ‘Decorating Ideas to Update Forest Green’)
In the late 80’s and early 90’s Forest Green was a hit in almost every home – especially when paired with burgundy, harvest yellow and the Dirty Dancing theme song playing softly on the 8 track. However, Forest Green is not the most popular colour choice for today’s modern homeowner.
(any of these look strangely familiar?)
I’m not here to trash ‘Forest Green’ and I’m not here to tell you that you HAVE to get rid of it if you want to modernize your space (although that would help – wink wink). Because while this particular shade might not be ‘todays hot colour’, there are many homeowners who are quite enamored with the Forest Green in their home and would like to ‘work with it’ – rather than rip it out.
Now that being said there are many other homeowners who are not in love with Forest Green and are desperately looking for ways to make it look more updated, classic and appropriate in today’s style world (for personal tastes and resale purposes).
So, no matter what side you’re on, I’m here to help you make Forest Green look it’s very best with the use of Paint Colour.
Courtesy of Green Depot
BUT (a Kardashian sized but) please read this before you look at the paint colours….
What NOT to do with Forest Green
When you are working with a colour that is ‘difficult’ or that you don’t like…Don’t Go Outside the Colour Box!!
What is the Colour Box? The Colour Box is the range of colours and tones around the main colour that won’t ‘react’ with the main colour. Here is Forest Greens Colour Box:
Straight-up green or green mixed with blue (which is also a cool tone)
Gray (with green/blue undertones or no undertones at all)
Greige (a mix of gray and beige)
Off-white (containing mild undertones of any of the colours above)
Thats it. If you stretch outside of that box, you risk ‘accenting‘ your Green and making it appear brighter and stronger.
So, now that we’ve got that out of the way, on to the fun stuff….
Go With the Flow – With Green!
Believe it or not, when you want to modernize a colour like Forest Green, one of the best ways to do that is via itself! Yes that’s right – painting your walls green can actually MODERNIZE your space!
Not just any green though. The key to picking a great green is choosing one that is a ‘modern-day version’ of the original.
Gray / Green Paint Colours
Courtesy of Xcel Renovations
These Forest Green granite countertops are lovely, but can be difficult to decorate around. By choosing the perfect green for the walls, the space is calming, relaxing and remarkably modern!
Benjamin Moore Horizon Gray
Horizon Gray is straight-up mix of gray and green. If you’re more traditional and not a fan of ‘blue undertones’ then this would be a great ‘modern’ green for you.
Sherwin Williams Conservative Gray
Considerably lighter than Horizon Gray, Conservative Gray holds the same tones (gray/green) in a more subtle and soft way.
Gray/Green with a weee smidge of blue…
Courtesy of Walking In Ruby Slippers
Some greens have just a drop of blue in them, adding another layer of interest to a green-on-green palette. Just make sure you don’t go TOO blue or you’ll miss the colour connection completely.
Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere
This lovely gray/green/blue blend flexes easily into it’s undertones without committing to one or another.
Sherwin Williams Sea Salt
Sea Salt is a fun and lively colour that offers ‘colour’ without too much ‘commitment. It’s soft and gentle and a great complement to Forest Green.
Gray/Green with a good dollop of blue!
If you’re in the mood for a bit of fun (without going overboard) then you might love some of these more lively greens…
Sherwin Williams Rainwashed
Rainwashed is a great colour to add some visual interest to your space. It’s the perfect blend of green and blue with a solid dose of gray in it to keep it from being too bright.
Go Neutral or Go Home
If you feel that it’s not ‘good to be green’ then you might be more inclined to neutralize your space with the use of grays and greige’s. Check out these bad boys…
Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Revere Pewter is an amazing colour because while it is essentially a very soft, dove like gray, in certain lights it picks up a ‘barely there’ green undertone, making it a soft and subtle partner for Forest Green.
Benjamin Moore Intense White
In this gorgeous photo, Intense White refers to the colour of the tiles on the walls surrounding the space. Intense White is a soft gray/off-white that offers a sophisticated and classic air to Forest Green.
Benjamin Moore Grant Beige
Grant Beige is really as far as we want to go into the world of ‘beige’. Beige that has even the slightest yellow undertone can make a Forest Green room look even more dated. Stick with ‘greige’s’ like Grant Beige if you’re looking for a neutral, but warmer than gray paint colour for your room.
And don’t forget…
Decorative Ideas to Update Forest Green
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