Saturday, September 10, 2011

Serene greens ...

The start of autumn always makes me want to immerse myself in the serene green of the great outdoors. So, why not bring the outdoors inside, too? The tempered sky, fading grass and harvested crops translate well in wall color and fabric with fall's muted color palette.

I'm happy to see that designers and stylists have rediscovered the tranquil nature of olive green and have given it a fresh face in modern decor.

The image at left from Better Homes and Gardens offers a variety of nature inspired shades that would provide a neutral backdrop for any room. My best guess is that these paints are from the Restoration Hardware paint collections.

The light khaki olive tone in the room above is a good choice year-round. It provides wonderful dimension to a space with white trim and furnishings. Image via Decor Pad.

The room above may be my fav. The rich, olive feature wall sets the tone for a transitional decor and perfectly complements the textural accessories in leather, fur and wood. Image via Apartment Therapy.

The pale olive walls provide a great backdrop for a full range of fall colors. Dark olive upholstered sofas and golden chairs are shades echoed in the rugs, art and accessories. Designed by Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman.

Mid-century modern is perfectly enveloped in a deep olive bordering on ... shall I say it ... avocado green. Wow, what a blast from the past! Image via Design Decor Staging.

The darker the olive hue, the more white trim provides the pop, as evident in the space above. I love the chartreuse accents and bold fabric patterns at play here. Image via JVW Home.

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