Friday, January 14, 2011

Smitten with Green

At some point in the last few years I have become smitten with green.  Most of my life, my favorite color was blue. I still like blue, especially in clothing, but for decorating, I'm keen on green.  

I've been wanting to find a nice shade of green for painting furniture.  I'd sort of been keeping my eyes open for pretty greens.  Now, I've decided to get serious about it.  My kitchen counter has now been taken over by Project Green.

He [She] had that curious love of green, 
which in individuals is always 
the sign of a subtle artistic temperament, 
and in nations is said to denote a laxity, 
if not a decadence of morals. 
~ Oscar Wilde ~ 

The main thing I want to paint green are my dining room chairs.  I don't have MY dining room chairs yet. I have two sets of chairs I don't like in my attic. They will be sold.  First they need some fixin' up. One set of them are going to be part of my green experiment.  I'll paint them green and use them for a bit to see how I like that color. If that color isn't My color, then I'll paint chair set number 2 a different shade of green.  Then when I find MY chairs ( I know they are out there somewhere - maybe at the next auction I go to) surely I will know which way to go.  Who knows, I might even decide that green won't work after all and I'll go in a completely different direction.

I had been considering green for our chairs and then I came across Erin's dining room chairs.  She shows before and after's and by looking at those photos, you can see what a difference the green chairs made.

Erin's green is perfect for her room, but I think I need a different shade of green.  Greens are very tricky. I found that when I picked out the color for the exterior of my house.  I'm certain that whole experience took years off my life. 

Karen's hutch that I blogged about yesterday is another wonderful green that I'm drawn to, but again, it's not MY green.  

So - where is MY green?  Is it one of these?

Or maybe one of these?

Or one of these?

Greens can be so peaceful... or lively... or retro and fun... OR the wrong green can be totally jarring and horrible and remind you of bad childhood experiences with vegetables.  I want a happy green, a soothing green, a lively green.  You see, that's my problem.  I want a green that is everything good. If there was such a green, everyone would use it. 

Green is the prime color of the world, 
and that from which its loveliness arises.
  ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca ~

Here's a white kitchen with just a few touches of green.  Mmmm.  Nice.  But I don't think I can be that restrained.  I like other colors too much.

Greens can be very energetic, especially the citrus-y greens.  This is pretty and fun, but it's not MY green.

I came very close to having retro green countertops in my kitchen because of the photo below.  The kitchen is in the beach house of the owners of the t-shirt company - Fresh Produce

Tina from Cherry Hill Cottage has a kitchen island with a shade of green that may be pretty close to what I'm thinking of.

Sometimes an unexpected green surprises everyone at how perfect it turns out to be.  This room from Country Living (I think - it's a pretty old scan) would be much less interesting without those painted floors.  And would you just look!  Those chairs don't go at all - it's such a different green.  But the whole room works and makes you want to choose colors that clash!  Maybe I don't need to worry so much about which green I choose.  I just need to find a green I like and use it with attitude!

 Here's another example of several greens being used together that are not in the same color family.  If they were closer on the color wheel, it wouldn't be as interesting.  Oh yes.  I am definitely not as worried about my color choice now.

Now I can just find a green I can enjoy.  Meanwhile, enjoy these other Green photos from my files.  These are very old - before the days when I kept up with where I got them from.  If anyone knows the source, I would love to give credit.

Hmmm - This may be the green I'm looking for!!!
Or maybe I need to layer on several greens using dry brushing and/or sanding to allow each to show.  Looking at a number of greens together is rather pleasing. That may be the best idea for me! 

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  1. Accoding to Kermit the Frog, "It isn't easy being green." Good luck with the journey. I am inspired by your blogs.

  2. Wow! There are a lot of shades of greens out there. You might try getting some of those sample sizes of paint or tape the color stick right on to the chair and look at it in the changing light. I just mentioned in my post that my living room has been green forever, but it's a nice shade. Good luck, Denise!


  3. oh - you had me at green. i love the color - and almost any shade of it - except mint green. I love most the citrus hues. Good luck on your going green journey :)

  4. You really have me thinking!!! I love all the different greens. I'm with you, not so much the white kitchen with just a touch of green-I like lots of color, too.

  5. Lots of choices you have there!

  6. I loooooove green!
    Love love love it......

    I know you will find what you are looking for!

  7. I think the "hutch" green is my very favorite too. How could you go wrong with that on dining room chairs?

    I have bought and loved Benjamin Moore, Kittery Point Green for bedroom wall. It's a rich sage.

    Good luck to you. I know it will look great and I can't wait to see what you decide upon. I'll grab your button.

  8. I am sooooo with you on loving green! I really like the shade in that last photo too and can't wait to see what you end up deciding on. All of those photos seemed so bright and cheerful and it makes me have Spring on the brain! :-)
    Thanks so much for linking this up to Inspiration Friday!

  9. Just what a needed this morning, a cup of coffee and a lot of green. Hoping it counteracts all that white outside. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Great inspiration post! I have wanted to paint my kitchen cabintes green- so many shades to pick from. Love all of the ideas you showcased.

  11. I have always loved green. I had to look over this post several times because it was so fun looking at all the shades of green. Thanks for the inspirational post.

  12. Although not my beloved red, green is my 2nd favorite...especially jadite green. It just seems that green goes with anything and everything. Good luck finding your green! I was very inspired by this post :)


  13. I love green and all your inspirations are beautiful! Sometimes it's hard to find just the right color- but you sure found a bunch of beauties!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  14. What a GREAT post, just loved it. I say dive in, you can always repaint if it's not "you". Love all the different shades and combinations!
    Thanks for linking up for VIF!

  15. I LOVE green - so I had to link over. I just did a post last week about all things green - I like all shades honestly - LOL :) good luck on the green search

    jenn -

  16. Karen, you have some great inspiration photos. I enjoyed seeing each of the photos you posted. I think picking a paint color is sooo hard. It never looks the same as it did on the paint chip. I can't wait to see what you do with your chairs! Thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

  17. You're not the only one who's smitten...or is it obsessed? I have THREE different shades of green in my kitchen. I just painted a living room wall green. And now I'm fantasizing about painting some of my second hand furniture green, too, and so on and so on. Green is calming, cool, and peaceful. Maybe you're meant to have more than one shade of green in your home? Why stop at one, I say!



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