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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This house in Des Moines, Iowa, may be an old-fashioned Dutch Colonial, but the space looks entirely fresh thanks to careful color choices by New York-based designer John Loecke.

(photo by Wendell Webber)
The blue-tinged green walls are the color of milk glass. "It's sort of soft but cheerful at the same time," Loecke says. He continued the color from the foyer up the front stairway to the second-floor hall, using the green as a backdrop for antique prints with alternating yellow and blue mats.
"This stairway wall is the first thing you see when you walk into the house, so it really had to be interesting," he says. "By alternating the mats, I added to the visual impact of the arrangement."

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If you want to accent a secondary color like green with its two component primary shades, Loecke says, make sure you stick to the same color values as he did with these blue and yellow mats — pale with pale, clear with clear. "A navy blue wouldn't work with this green," he says. "It would be too dark. And a muddy yellow, which might work with a khaki green, would not be right here, either. With this bright, light green, you need a yellow that is bright and light, as well."

Loecke follows the same-value rule to create rooms in green and orange, and green and pink – "even green with lavender can work really well," he says. "Because green is a color you find in nature, it actually works well with just about any color, making it a nice alternative to gray or brown."

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