As winter begins to ebb, and the warm spring sunshine glows, we begin to be drawn back to the outdoors, reveling in the infusion of green shades evident everywhere this time of year. It is no wonder that green symbolizes growth, harmony, and new beginnings.

Inspired by nature’s use of green, in the softest green of the budding trees to the dark green of tulip stems to the rebounding mosses and ferns after a long winter, green feels like life returning.

Green is one of those colors that is remarkable in its versatility. It works as a true neutral, allowing other colors to take center stage, but it is just as comfortable in its own spotlight – sharing it’s own vibrant hues.

Greens of the past were often ultra dark and deep (think Hunter green) or super light and silvery (sage, for example). Greens of the present moment pull more of a yellow or blue undertone, adding a new modern twist to this shade.

Using botanicals as inspiration, we look to the way nature combines greens for guidance. The key? Balance. Pulling greens in in layers, adding dimension with hues, much like the forest. A bit of light, a bit of dark, some yellow-based, some not.

But green also plays well with contrasting colors. A fresh green and white color scheme is timeless. Green works perfectly paired with pink, orange or blue. Natural wood of any shade also combines nicely.

Earthy and verdant, green evokes a feeling of freshness, naturally feels organic, and can be restful or vibrant depending on the saturation and undertone. Brighter greens tend to read more modern, darker greens more traditional. Mint green is timeless and apple green is having its day.

As winter fades into our memories and our faces turn toward the warm spring breezes, green is just the shade to refresh our spaces, creating restful sanctuaries or vibrant and edgy digs.

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