Thursday, April 30, 2009

GIVE GREEN A GO!

From Decorating with Green, Real Simple, April 2009

COLOR IS STILL THE BEST WAY TO SET A MOOD AND ADD SOME CHARACTER TO A ROOM!

HOW TO ADD GREEN TO A ROOM:
1. Mix shades. Temper strong greens with wild ones. Lime green looks beautiful with forest or olive green.
2. Consider scales and motifs when adding patterns. Create a layered look by combining large-scale prints with small and florals with geometrics.
3. Vary textures. Heavy textures such as velvet or a pile rug help to tone down busy patterns.
4. Add a natural touch with plants, moss and greenish flowers.
5. Choose a green rug for a big burst of color!
6. Add a splash of green with accessories, such as table runners, dishes and artwork!


Como Park: Japanese Garden Path (left), Watercolor Mono Print enhanced with metallic acrylics and ink. Peacocks (middle), Dandelions (right), Experimental Ink and Acrylic painting.All three above by Susan Fryer Voigt.


FOUR FOOLPROOF GREEN COMBINATIONS:

Natural look: Moss green & soft blue; stick with colors of nature!

Soothing look: Sea foam green & chocolate brown; often used by spas!

Fresh look: Kelly green & bright white; the contrast makes it POP!

Playful look: Lime green & soft pink; ideal for a playroom, nursery or bathroom!