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Why You Need Green In Your Life

The color green is strongly associated with the beauty of nature and soothing tranquility. It can turn a space into a serene sanctuary, a vibrant playroom, or a dramatic bedroom. It all depends on the shade and the setting. Green signifies growth, ambition, harmony, balance, and wealth which can all play a role in our subconscious.


Choosing the right shade for your space can have a big impact on your day to day life which makes it all the more important to make sure you are selecting the shade that best reflects the atmosphere you are trying to create. Green is also more versatile than you may think so it can be absolutely stunning next to other colors you wouldn't typically imagine.



We recently took a risk and painted our north facing bedroom Benjamin Moore Dakota Shadow. It is a fantastic shade of a modern forest green which is absolutely perfect for moody, dark vibes kind of day. Personally, we love using darker shades for bedrooms as it is encourages relaxing and allows you to sink into the comfort of your warm, inviting bed curled up with a good book on a rainy day, or cuddled up with a loved one talking about life.



Darker colors also cut down on glare from any light sources which can be incredibly useful for people who are light sensitive and get headaches or migraines from bright lights. However, this particular shade of green can be too dark without enough natural light.


Light Reflective Value (LRV) needs to be taken into consideration with paint colors as it determines the shade and intensity that the color appears to be. For example, the shade of green we painted the bedroom is a 9.8 on the LRV scale with 0 being pitch black and 100 being pure white. This is equally important to take into consideration when selecting paint colors because, in a room with tons of sunlight pouring in, you can go darker in LRV as the color will appear brighter. The same is true for the opposite. In a room with no sunlight, the color will appear darker than expected.


Listed below are some of our favorite shades of green that fall across all parts of the LRV scale:


Farrow & Ball -

Vert De Terre, Lichen, Calke Green, Card Room Green


Sherwin Williams -

Contented, Coastal Plain, Sea Salt, Evergreen Fog, Dried Thyme, Clary Sage, Green Onyx


Benjamin Moore -

Dakota Shadow, Nantucket Gray, Tate Olive, Louisburg Green, Saybrook Sage, High Park


Selecting a paint color is no simple task. It involves multiple factors including natural light, existing colors, materials already in the room, and where the color is going in relation to rest of room. Make sure to choose what is best for you and your home. Just as these are some of our favorite shades they may not be right for your room.




~This blog was brought to you by S. Donnelly Interiors. Learn more about the interior design project process by following Stephanie Donnelly and her interior design services in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the surrounding areas!

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