Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Four Simple Ways to Add “Greenery” to Your Decor

I have to admit I haven't jumped on the bandwagon in years past when Panetone has announced their colors of the year.  "Radiant orchid", "rose quartz", and "marsala" were not colors I could really "dig my teeth into". When Panetone picked Greenery as the color of the year for 2017 it brought a smile to my face.  As you know I am a big fan of bringing the outside in and blurring the lines between the inside and out.
My garden filled with the various greens of nature.



The message behind the hue is one that we can all identify with. It symbolizes new beginnings and the revival of nature that comes with the beginning of Spring.
It is an energizing  yellow-green that wakes up the senses and beckons us to take notice. This is that time of year when we are all thinking about refreshing and revitalizing our interiors as well.  It may not be a neutral in the home but it is "nature's neutral" so it blends with any and everything.
How can we incorporate this bright cheerful green into our own homes? If you are a big chicken like I am you probably aren't ready to blanket your entire home in this vibrant hue.


# 1 Accessories  Add a little "Greenery" with accessories.  Pillows, throws, pottery, or vintage glassware will pick up your spirits.  We added these beautiful vintage green bottles to one of my client's sideboards

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Love this splash of green in this black and white bedroom.  It adds a spark of color while allowing the art to take center stage.

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Love this look from Lauren Liess.  The only pop of color are the plants the lampshade and the vintage asian birds.  She is a genius isn't she?

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Check out the latest HGTV Dream Home and note the green pillows and plants in an otherwise neutral setting by Brian Patrick Flynn

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#2 Paint Paint is easy and relatively inexpensive to change
We painted a couple of walls at Farmers Union Pour House green to honor the agricultural heritage of the Salinas Valley.

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Fresh glossy green in a windowless entry creates drama.

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Paint a piece of furniture for a pop of color. They can easily be repainted later.

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#3 Plants Bring the Outside In
Love the statement this plant makes in this beautiful dining room by Nancy Braithwaite.  If you don't own her book Simplicity here.  You should it is one of my favorites.


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#4 Art- Make a simple statement with a beautiful oil painting in a neutral interior or large scale art for maximum impact

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Love how the large greenery frames the smaller painting.  This is styled by the wonderful Heather Bullard.

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Even "Faux Art" can look pretty good when displayed interestingly.  This is our lake house dining area.  We rent it so real art is not an option!

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This room by Andrew Brown for the Southeastern Showhouse combines all of the above.  Adore this room!

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Would you like to add a little "Greenery" to your own home?  How do you feel about this color compared to those in past years? If you want more ideas you can check out my Pinterest Board here
We have a new Project Design coming up the end of March where I will show you how I have used the color Greenery to spice up my entry.
On Friday I will have the final installment of my Over 50 Travel Series.  Please stop back by on Friday!!  Have a great week!

20 comments:

  1. This isn't a color I would go for, but your examples are beautiful. Even the glossy entryway. Done well, any color can work. My favorites here are the ones that use plants and green glass.

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    1. I love green glass too...and anything live!! I am trying to be a better indoor gardener.

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  2. love love green! Looking at your photos...and just around my living room, I see various shades of green. I love the way you have the cow art with shutters in your dining area.

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    1. Green is a neutral in my book. You inspired me to try houseplants again...so far so good...fingers crossed!!

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  3. Love these examples of "greenery" in the home. Perfect!

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    1. I have never been a very good "indoor gardener" Carla. I am honing my skills!!

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  4. I HAVE ALWAYS brought the OUTSIDE INSIDE...........just NOT with plants.I LOVE THE GREEN and who is PANETONE?They set the FASHION COLORS...............where are they located just curious.I have a MASTER BATHROOM that is a DEEP GREEN.FAVORITE ROOM in THE HOUSE!

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    1. If you google Panetone you will find them!! I hope to see your home one of these days! We are coming up for my son in laws bday but I have a feeling I will be busy!!

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  5. Love the pops of green in all the photos! Have a wonderful week, Cindy.

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    1. Thanks Katie! Give a hug to those cute pooches of yours!!

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  6. Love these photos! Green is a favorite color of mine. Thank you!

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    1. I love this fresh yellow green too Patti. I am not a pink person and the last three years Panetone's choices were pink hued! Hallelujah for green!!

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  7. Lauren's bedroom is to die for! I love that room!!! I love green and blue together, thanks for Mark Sikes!!! Thanks for your kind words. You know I have always loved the way you dress!!! And decorate!!! ;) Us sixogenrians need to stick together and yes, I made up that word!!!

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    1. We do! And we should be proud of it Joni!!

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  8. I believe the color green in a neutral as well. 2017 is my year since many of our walls are Nantucket Grey (a grey green) with pops of black here and there for accents. You always inspire me, Cindy!
    w/L

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  9. There are several rooms here that inspire me. I love your table with the bowl of green apples!
    xo,
    Karen

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  10. Cindy there's so many photos here I'm drawn to--including your lake house dining room. I love your rustic-charming vibe. Now you've got me re-thinking my green glass lamp base--it's like the green jar in in the room styled by Heather Bullard. Hmmm...Maybe I'll keep it. I also like that bright happy shade of green you painted the wall at the farmer's Union Pour House. You sure did an amazing job on that place I will definitely get up there when the weather gets nice. It's been a busy time around here and I need a strong drink.
    :)
    Leslie

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  11. Cindy, Love this so much! I think this is my favorite post so far. I am a huge lover of green, neutrals and plants in the home. All of these are gorgeous and love the walls you did at the restaurant too! Beautiful inspiration here. x Kim

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