Pantone named emerald 2013’s color of the year, so it’s no surprise that green is super-hot in home décor. It represents life, hope and growth, but it’s easy to mess up. “Some greens are incredibly saturated and should only be used in small doses,” says Erika Woelfel, Behr paint’s director of color marketing. No need to spend hours scrutinizing paint chips; Woelfel IDs the best green shades for six different rooms.
Behr Spring Stream (PPU12-7) This calming blue-green hue, which Woelfel calls “spa-like,” has an aquatic vibe. “It helps to give the feeling that the bathroom is a place of retreat,” she says.
Behr Minted Lemon (PPU10-8) This fresh, warm green has a hint of yellow and pairs nicely with white or light wood cabinets. Because it’s not too bright, you also could use it to cover an adjoining dining or family room. “It has kind of a country cottage feel, which is very big in kitchens right now,” Woelfel says.
Behr Mother Nature (410F-4) Because this olive green evokes outdoor elements like grass and pine trees, it makes any space feel more relaxing. And it’s an excellent background for the large pieces of wood furniture that are commonly found in dining rooms.
Behr Fresh Sprout (PPU9-7) If you fall for this vivid lime shade, remember these two words: accent wall. “This one has a ton of saturation and chroma, so if you painted a whole room with it the walls might start vibrating!” Woelfel says. She envisions a single green wall as a showcase for statement pieces like wall hangings, chrome lamps or modern white furniture.
Behr Lakeside Pine (PPU11-19) “This is a traditional hunter green that brings down the energy level to create a restful mood, which is exactly what you want in a bedroom,” Woelfel says. If you’ve got light-colored rugs, furniture and bed linens, a dark paint color like this will let them stand out more.
Behr Scotland Road (450F-4) This sage green is sophisticated yet subtle, so it’s exactly what you want people to see when they step into your home. Sage greens are very popular in home décor right now, but this one is distinctly darker and has a bluer tint than most. “This color is very flexible and can harmonize well not only with light and dark woods, but also with a variety of other elements like rugs and paintings,” Woelfel says.