06 December, 2020

Green as Neutral Color, I’m done with gray and beige!- According to LiLu

I’m done with gray and beige! Use Green as a Neutral

If I asked you what neutral you would use in your interior design, most of you would answer gray, beige, taupe, or white. I would love to suggest we consider another neutral…GREEN. That’s right, green is a neutral color. What? How can that be…. pause here…go outside…what’s the color you see the most of in nature? Green is indeed nature’s neutral.
White has been very popular as a clean, mind-clearing color. It feels light and refreshing. I would like to make an argument for considering green as your neutral.
Whether you are contending with being surrounded on a daily basis by an urban environment or live in a state like Minnesota where many months are snowy and dreary, green could be the color anti-dote to your daily surroundings that you are looking for.
See more color inspiration in this post about Soothing Colors

Connection to Nature

Using green as a neutral in your interior is an intentional design approach to create a more nurturing interior that feels connected to nature.  In today’s fast-paced world many people need the built environment to support their need for relaxation and retreat.
When you see green, it reminds you of grass and leaves and the renewal of spring. You really can’t go wrong by using green as the main color in your living space.
bedroom window seat with green as a neutral Green as a Neutral In your Interior

A Psychological Boost

Studies have shown that being in a room with a good deal of green reduces stress. Being calmer helps you deal with daily life in a mindful way.
Reducing your stress has psychological benefits and physical ones. Lower blood pressure, lower heart rate and having more energy are all benefits of reducing stress. If you suffer from headaches, insomnia and other stress-related illnesses you may want to introduce green into your home. Live plants would be an especially successful way to incorporate green and reduce stress.
In addition, researcher have found that reading comprehension increases in a green room. Increase your ability to focus and comprehend at work or in a study with green walls.
great greens color palette green as a neutral in a condo interior

Green Shades Are Not All Equal

With all this talk of green being soothing and having powers of renewal you may be ready to run down to the local paint store and buy a shade of green to add to your bedroom or study.
A note of caution here, I was just at a home where the master bedroom is painted acid green. It is not restful, and I would NOT want this color around me if I felt ill. Not all greens are equal. If you are going to use green as a neutral, below please find our roundup of soothing greens from Benjamin Moore.
Green as a Neutral

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Explore Your True Colors

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Explore Your True Colors

If you are exploring colors to use in your home take the quiz below to find an interior color palette with neutrals, accents, and grounding colors just for you! Just click on the image to start!

Comments on Green as Neutral Color, I’m done with gray and beige!- According to LiLu
  1. Carla Aston says:

    Such pretty greens! Green is a great neutral!

  2. Janet Lorusso says:

    If green had a report card it would say “plays well with others”! You have shared such perfect examples of green as a neutral!

  3. Deborah Main says:

    I’m with you on this one and have been surprised in past years how little green is used in home interiors for walls and even accessories.
    I love the green outdoors and I think you’re so right, that it’s important to select the correct green. Someone painted a house in our hood a pea green and I so dislike it every time I walk by. Another green would be much better. I
    It’s surprising how little people use green. So glad you wrote about this. Excellent post!

  4. Linda Merrill says:

    Green is my favorite color and yes, it goes with nearly everything!

  5. Karen says:

    I love Sage green not the real dark ones but more to the medium ones
    I am going to use this on one wall in living room and do the rest of the room I in Iccle white Benjamin Moore color.

  6. Margo says:

    I always say that green goes with every color, just look at all the flowers and all the green leaves! Also, is there anything more beautiful than the sight of a stand of green trees against a bright blue sky? Just love it and most shades too although I’m generally partial to the olives and sage greens.

  7. richie says:

    what color is the wall in the bedroom picture?

  8. Tanya says:

    I couldn’t agree more. My grandmother was an professional quilter and she always told me that she used green as a neutral.
    Love the soothing greens in the paint selections here!

  9. Mindy Hinsdale says:

    What color to you pair with on additional walls in using a sage green as accent wall color. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  10. Carl Gutierrez says:

    great blog! I enjoyed reading it. I love the accent of the Green.

  11. Sue Mitchell says:

    Love these greens. So soothing. What color are the bedroom walls in the picture?

  12. Jo says:

    I live the blue and green combo. What is the blue green in the living room?

  13. Michele says:

    Green is my Neutral go to color for my home for paint, upholstery, casegoods and accessories mixed with teal, shades of terracotta, deep charcoals, lightest to darkest in grass greens! I feel balanced in this palette with plenary of creme towards lightest beige yellows to bring in light!

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