Naturally Sophisticated Green

Refresh your home with green, the most spirited and eco-chic color of the color wheel. These green designer rooms show you how.

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When New York designer Sherrill Canet created a living room for the 2006 Kips Bay Show House, she custom-blended a malachite green paint with a mahogany glaze finish.

(photo by Tim Lee)
The ceiling, covered in a golden-hued metal leaf, makes the glaze on the walls look even richer, and lends the room a sophisticated, urbane look.
"This room is the perfect place for relaxing and entertaining," Canet says. "It is ideal for cocktails, after-dinner brandies, conversations or catching up on some quiet reading."

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Just about any green can look sophisticated, Canet says. "It is all about how these colors are presented, and in what doses they are applied. While pink and green is very traditional, there is nothing clichéd whatsoever about bright pink and chartreuse! Even the most predictable and favorite combinations can be made to look fresh and new when applied correctly and with confidence."

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