October 20, 2010

NEW COLOR OBSESSION: HUNTER GREEN

It all started last weekend while touring the Hickory Chair showroom in High Point when I spotted a single, velvet pillow in a beautiful hunter green. It was paired with teal and I thought, "how magnificently unexpected!" After that I kept spotting the same green everywhere I went. And so a new color obsession begins!
I think a lot of people are afraid to use green in their home. It's not as safe as our standard blues and grays, nor is it poppy enough to come to mind as a first choice accent color. But when done correctly, it can be wonderfully luxurious and create quite the statement.
In this charming home, owned by British designers Stephan Eicker and Gavin Houghton of Eicker & Houghton, they opted to pair it with warm colors, like reds, yellows, and golds. The result is a traditional space that's positively lovely and perfectly layered.
To speak a little more directly to my own aesthetic though, I'd actually pair the green with other cool colors like blues, purples, and even teal (as seen in Hickory Chair) for a more contemporary, updated look.

How would you use green in your home?

*images via The Telegraph

24 comments:

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i dunno how i feel about this color - i'm really not a 'green' color person

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

This isn't my fave colour, but I like it a lot more when paired with teal and the like.

Laura Trevey said...

I love using dark colors ~ so rich and cozy!

Lauren said...

everywhere!!! (literally it's in every room of my house... i think the emerald city's beautiful! ha)

Crystal- I had so much fun with you & you are such an amazing, beautiful, follow-your-heart girl and I'm so excited for you & your new venture. Can't wait to see you next time!!!
xoxoxo

ps- dave loved you too!!

C said...

For some reason hunter green immediately brings to mind dark wood panels, gentlemen's club and fine cigars! Its such a good accent colour though, unobtrusive and very appealing.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Oh that shiny door, the yummy velvet chairs. The Brits, me dear, can do no wrong.

Cheers, Alcira

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JAMIE said...

I've always thought of green as one of those perfectly perfect decorating colors, from granny smith to kiwi to pine trees to fresh-cut grass. Love it all.

This post was a stunner. Thank you for it!

Splendid Sass said...

Thank you for sharing. Such beautiful rooms. I LOVE Hickory Chair!
Teresa

Gina said...

Green is one of my fav colors in general, but I don't usually consider it as an option in the home. These are some gorgeous and inspirational images!

J. Is A Bird said...

Our bedroom is hunter green and we love it. We used an off white on the ceiling panel to add height and lightness.

My biggest challenge has been window dressings. I've tried chocolate velvet drapes and currently I have a lighter green, think dark sage, velvet drapes. I'm not thrilled with either look though.

Cheers!
J.

Global Atelier said...

My daughter had green and brown together in her place - now its moved into gray & blues with the same sand/white items and it looks amazing.

Gina at Temporary Nest said...

i absolultely LOVE hunter green. i've always said that I wanted a hunter green car someday. But my moms crisp white house is accented with a hunter green front door and garage doors and it looks timeless and classic. One of my favorite colors of all time. Good call out Crystal!!

Life of Style said...

Beautiful images, I love a great green velvet and green is so beautiful with many other colors. I am a green girl! Hope you enjoyed NC!

traci zeller designs said...

You are so right! I am totally into green, especially velvet, right now. Green + teal = YUM!! Love the first photo where you see the green chair and door against the blue walls ...

traci zeller designs said...

PS - Crystal, you are just fantastic! You are beautiful, poised, smart and fun! I so enjoyed spending time with you and I cannot wait to do it again soon!!
xoxo

dovecote Decor said...

Crystal: I hated missing you at market. Lauren was so complimentary, so I had to drop by. I think we are going to have to expand our High Point bloggy evening. We shattered the fun barrier to say the least. Congratulations on Rue! My girls and I are huge fans.
Best,
Liz
Oh, hunter green. Phoebe Howard did the best Hunter Green dining room of all time in her CLT store. Google dovecote decor and Mrs. Howard. Nail head trim, sunburst pattern repeated in the mirror. Its the best.

shabby chic said...

this would be a bit of a stretch for my home...but i'm so tempted to try it! ahhhh. i'm green with envy. haha. okay bad joke.

Alicia said...

I've been obsessed with hunter and olive green to wear lately. But I've never really thought about it in the home - thanks for the great decor inspiration!

Stacey said...

It's such a perfect cozy color for the season too!

lucinda said...

They say blue and green should never be seen but that top photo with the olive trimmings and sky blue walls is just perfect!

Debby said...

I have a beautiful shade of green in hubby's office.. it is masculine and looks fantastic against white trim. Love this post. xo

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Was just thinking the same thing! I love color and it works in so many great combinations. The high gloss in green certainly is a gorgeous alternative to black on the doors.

jvw home said...

i feel that greens are timeless & especially this shade of green....what you pair it with, is how it's stay "current"....
i recently featured a blog post about "olive with a twist"...hope you'll ck it out:
http://jvwhome.blogspot.com/2010/07/olive-with-twist.html

enjoy your blog!

Megan said...

I've been on the same kick; in fact, I just picked up the best pillows in this hue on the cheep from Pier 1 (they call it chive) and they made all the difference in the world in our family room. I'm plotting other rooms that could use some hunter green!

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