Evergreen Fog: today’s GO-TO green paint color
I’m always excited #nervous #scared to see what the popular paint brands choose as their ‘Color of the Year.’ And while I’ll always have MAD love for last year’s color from Sherwin Williams – Urbane Bronze, HOLY FREAKIN’ CANNOLI, am I ever happy to see Evergreen Fog, and I can’t WAIT to share it with you. Why? Let’s find out…
BEFORE WE GET STARTED…
In order to show you RELATEABLE & REAL homes, I ONLY use photos from my Online Color Consulting clients. This means I don’t always have the quality or the RIGHT photos, but I definitely have some SUPER helpful info to help you on your way!
And as it relates to Evergreen Fog, I will DEFINITELY have some photos to show you in the very near future, as I’ve chosen it as one of the colors in our upcoming lake build! I also anticipate it being a BIG hit with my clients.
What type of paint color is Evergreen Fog? Is it warm or cool?
Evergreen Fog is a green paint color (I’m not just good looks, you know). HOWEVER, not every green is created equal…
- WARM GREEN – green with a yellow undertone
- COOL GREEN – green with a cool undertone
Evergreen Fog is definitely a COOL green, which we’ll get into shortly.
ACTUALLY, I do have one ‘in progress’ photo that our builder snapped for me. As you can see, it needs one more coat, but it’s going to look DARN gorgeous when it’s done!
One of the great things about Evergreen Fog is that whether your room is north-facing, south-facing, east, or west, it holds its hue very well. This means that even in northern light (shown above) or eastern light, it doesn’t lean into blue. As for southern or afternoon western light, you can expect it to warm up without leaning hard into green-yellow.
And here you go, the AFTER photo in all of its coastal glory…
What’s the LRV of Evergreen Fog?
Evergreen Fog has an LRV of 30. Not sure what LRV is? It could save your paint-lovin’ life – read all about it HERE.
With an LRV of 30, Evergreen Fog can hold its color QUITE well in an overly bright room. On the other hand, while it will look that bit darker in a room without adequate light, it has enough chroma/color to rise up and show its true colors (whereas colors with more gray in them could fall flat)
What are the undertones of Evergreen Fog? Will it look gray or blue?
As you learned earlier, Evergreen Fog is a COOL shade of green, meaning it’s a green with a blue undertone. But don’t worry; the blue is so subtle it DOESN’T show up to the party (unlike me, who shows up whether I’m invited or not – wink wink).
As for the gray undertone, one of the reasons why Evergreen Fog is a popular shade is because of the AMOUNT of gray in it. While some green hues can come across as a little too strong, the gray in Evergreen Fog helps calm it down while leaving a glorious green on your walls – even Kermit would approve.
What’s the best way to sample a paint color?
Undoubtedly, you’ll be heading out in the near future to grab paint samples – stop right there! I want you to check out SAMPLIZE. Samplize offers peel-and-stick paint samples that are more AFFORDABLE, EASIER, and more ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY than traditional paint pots. Here are just a few reasons why I recommend Samplize to my clients…
- samples arrive ON YOUR DOORSTEP in 1 DAY, depending on the location
- they’re more affordable than the samples pots/rollers/foam boards that are needed for traditional paint sampling
- if you keep the samples on their white paper, you can move them around the room
GET YOUR EVERGREEN FOG PEEL & STICK SAMPLE HERE
What’s the best white paint color for trims or cabinets with Evergreen Fog?
GREAT question! So many people don’t consider their trim or cabinets when choosing a color like Evergreen Fog. And while it’s QUITE flexible, there are a few things to consider…
- The warmer your white is, the more yellow it can look ‘in comparison’ to Evergreen Fog. This means that your previously muted-looking white could look surprisingly colorful when partnered with a green hue like this.
- Evergreen Fog suits MANY warm whites, but for the above reason, leans into those with a more muted approach, such as Sherwin Williams Pure White, Alabaster, and Benjamin Moore White Dove.
- While Evergreen Fog can handle some cool whites (i.e., Extra White), it prefers a WHITER white like Sherwin Williams High Reflective White or Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (fave).
IS EVERGREEN FOG A GOOD EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR?
Green can be tricky as it doesn’t always jibe with brick, stonework, and roof colors. This doesn’t mean it won’t work with YOURS, but make sure that green is a NATURAL choice for your home in that it already exists (i.e., in the roof) or contrast/complements any features (i.e., brick or stone).
If there were to be a medium-toned green that would look lovely on the outside of your home, I BET Evergreen Fog would be it. However, like this next exterior, grays or greiges with green undertones are more common…
IS EVERGREEN FOG GOOD ON KITCHEN CABINETS?
I LOOOOOVE the idea of Evergreen Fog on kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanity. Is it going to happen? While current trends lean into darker shades of green and more obvious green-blue blends, I can totally see Evergreen Fog making its mark on the cabinet world.
Evergreen Fog looks WAY more blue-green than usual in the above kitchen
Evergreen Fog has enough COLOR (chroma) to step out of the neutral range, but not so much that it’s overwhelming or SHOCKINGLY green. The depth of it (LRV) is also a nice look for those not as inspired by the darker end of things.
WHICH PAINT COLORS ARE SIMILAR TO EVERGREEN FOG?
Where do I even START?!
Magnolia Silverado Sage is gorgeous, as shown on this feature wall. Believe it or not, it’s also on the snippet of the door on the far right; it’s just in an area with MORE NATURAL LIGHT…
Farrow & Ball Green Smoke is a STUNNER if you want a bit more depth and green to show up to the party…
Jeez, Louise, are my clients ever TALENTED – I LOVE YOU GUYS!
Really, Evergreen Fog is pretty unique, and few colors are up to par with it. If you’re looking for a green that’s a touch grayer, greener, lighter, or darker, I’ve got a few more for you to compare with Evergreen Fog.
And if you’re thinking of color matching between brands (i.e., getting Benjamin Moore to make a Sherwin Williams paint color), you might want to read THIS first.
WHAT COLORS GO WITH EVERGREEN FOG?
One of the MANY things I love about Evergreen Fog is its openness to coordinating colors. Whereas some other greens are too COLORFUL to be flexible and others have too much gray in them to really be GREEN, Evergreen Fog is the perfect blend, allowing for a wide range of partners – just like me. JUST JOKING!!!!!
- Some subtle greiges, such as Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray, can work, but I would avoid a color with any MORE violet undertone.
- Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige and Aesthetic White are GLORIOUS with this particular green.
- Muted off-white paint colors like Sherwin Williams White Duck help slow the energy down in a room and let Evergreen Fog be the star of the show.
- Soft, warm whites and bright whites look great with Evergreen Fog.
- If you’re looking for a bit more COLOR in your palette, be careful, as you don’t want to COMPETE with Evergreen Fog. Look for different hues (i.e., blue/violet) with similar or slightly lower GRAY levels (Sherwin Williams Network Gray & Online are pretty).
Not sure which paint color is best for YOUR home?
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