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Keepin’ It Fresh: How To Decorate With Green Accents

green and gray design by kelly porter

green and gray design by kelly porter

The best way to freshen up your space is with a new hue.  But that doesn’t mean you have to go through the hassle of painting.  Sometimes less is more.  And introducing a new accent color may be all you need to do.  It’s easier and less expensive than paining an entire room.  Not only that, but using an accent gives you the ability to safely add a more daring color that you would not want painted on the walls.  Or it just gives you the chance to try a new color that you haven’t used before.

fresh greens

Green is one of my favorite colors to use as an accent.  Not the deep emeralds or pine greens.  I like the slightly lighter, warmer greens.  Think of how the leaves look in early spring.  They haven’t fully developed so their color is lighter and not as pronounced as late-summer leaves.  Know what I mean?  This green can easily transform into a neutral, so it looks great with a variety of other background colors, such as a deep gray (shown above in my dining room).  Take a look at these other examples:

turquoise and green via hgtv.com

turquoise and green via hgtv.com

orange and green via hgtv

orange and green via hgtv

lavender and green via decorpad.com

lavender and green via decorpad.com

amber and green design by kelly porter

amber and green design by kelly porter

It’s very easy to add in green (or any other accent color for that matter) with throw pillows, chic lamps or side chairs:


via tumblr

kristen rivoli via houzz.com

kristen rivoli via houzz.com

via laurie gorelick interiors

via laurie gorelick interiors

Or create drama with long, luxurious curtains.

And don’t overlook the bathroom.  There is no shortage of pretty wallpapers and these days, many styles are removable.  Or you can just include a few accessories for around the sink.

Green represents nature, newness and wealth.  Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded with that?

Christmas Color Preview: Shades of Green


Christmas green centerpiece

Green has been a wildly popular color this year.  But not just any shade of green.  If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that people–both women and men–are wearing bright, neon greens.

neon green 2014

It’s definitely become a trend in the world of sporting apparel, most likely due in part to the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win earlier this year.  The team refers to their trademark, yellow-green as Action Green.  This bright hue is also referred to as Volt and Hyper Green. There is also a lime-ier, less yellow version of this green (as shown above in the lower right corner).

Christmas greenery2

mixed greens: magnolia leaves and evergreens

These greens are finding their way into our homes and are sure to be very popular this fall and into the holiday season for 2014.  The trend will be to mix them up with darker, traditional Christmas Green.  So, in anticipation, here are design ideas for your holiday table and tree.  Be sure to bookmark or pin them…I know it’s hot outside but Christmas is only 6 months away!

christmas table by kelly porter

create a fab holiday table with green, brown and retro place settings

my green, vintage table setting


green holiday table by kelly porter


Christmas tree_green gold white_

use green, gold and white to create an elegant Christmas tree

design and photos by Kelly Porter

Green and Gray

Green and Gray have a lot in common.

'my first apartment' book

‘my first apartment’ book

The spelling of both colors begin with “GR,” but the similarities go way beyond that.  Green and Gray are both abundant in nature representing both vegetation and stone respectively, so they look and feel natural.  Green and gray are also very easy on the eyes, which is why these colors are popular among homeowners.

customnurseryart blog

customnurseryart blog



It’s important to note that yellow-greens are way more energetic than true or blue-greens. So, chartreuse is not going to feel as serene as pine green, and it will not match the calmness of gray.  But.  Yellow-green still has an organic quality to it, and it actually complements gray very well.



And if you’re a fan of leafy, grassy greens you can easily create a soothing, stress-free room by pairing these true greens with a cool or pale gray.

Whether you like lime green, emerald or something in between, any type of green will work with gray.  With this color combo, you just can’t go wrong.

Choosing A Color: Emerald

Emerald has been a much talked about color lately.

emerald paint color

It is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2013, and we are also getting close to St. Patrick’s Day.  Other than the fact that my name is Kelly, I’m nowhere near to being Irish but to those of you who are — Happy Celebrating!

green in a room


green headboard


Emerald is a true green.  Unlike pine or sea greens which have strong blue undertones, or chartreuse which is heavily influenced by yellow, Emerald is the perfect 50-50 balance of blue and yellow.  That makes it a very rich, saturated hue that always makes a statement.  Painting a room with Emerald can be scary because it is such a strong color, but if you’re brave enough the result is a space that is refreshing and regal.

paint a room green


green stairs


For a glam color scheme, pair Emerald with black, white, brown or gray.  For a more casual, playful look, add other vibrant colors to Emerald like fuchsia, orange, purple or turquoise.

green bedroom

{via pinterest}

green living room


Adding just small “statement” touches of Emerald is a very sophisticated way to create a focal point:

paint your deskgreen desk


 paint your door

green front door


Here are four of my favorite Emerald paint picks.  Give one a try!

emerald paint picks by kelly porter

It’s Time To Change Accent Colors

There are just some things you can’t change about your home, but color is not one of them.

I change my home’s colors all the time — to the dismay of my husband.  He says that as soon as he gets used to the latest colors, I change them again.  So, what’s new at my house?  Teal, turquoise and a refreshing mix of warm greens.

Painting is a very easy way to transform the look of a room, but adding or changing a room’s accent colors is even easier.  Let’s face it.  Once you take the time to paint a room {especially a large room or open space}, you may not want to paint it again.  It’s much more efficient to change your accessories, which is what I’ve done in my family room.

{a corner view of my family room}

It’s a two-story room that opens to the upstairs and the foyer.  We painted the space about ten years ago and I still love the amber wall color.  I was just tired of the rusty-red accents.  So, for the room’s mini-transformation, I started with fabric.  I found an amazing, velvet and silk retro pattern that I used for color inspiration.  The fabric vibes perfectly with the style of my home, which is a marriage of Spanish traditional and modern.

{my inspiration fabric}

I used the fabric to re-cover four throw pillows.  I also used those gorgeous warm blues and greens to customize my existing wall clock:

I mixed acrylic paints to get four different shades of green and a rich teal.  Then I painted the clock’s numerals and hands.

I also had fun rounding up accessories that fit into my new color scheme.

{I purchased these glass vases at Marshall’s.}

{This glass bowl is from HomeGoods.  I love how it sparkles in the sunlight!}

Below are my thrift store finds from the Salvation Army.  This is one of two lamps that I bought about a year ago but they needed new shades, so they sat in storage for a while.  I finally found a perfect pair of silk shades at amazon.com, and I added turquoise finials that I got from Pier 1.

{The ceramic vase, also from SA, was a real bargain.  I think it cost about $4.00.}

{I found these turquoise tassels at a local fabric store.}

I’m still working on some finishing touches in my family room, so when they’re done I’ll post more pictures.  In the meantime, I hope you’ve been inspired to change your colors.  Doing so will bring a fresh look and new energy to your home.

I took all of these photos with my iPhone via Instagram — my favorite app these days.