Green With Envy: 5 Reasons Why We Can't Resist Earth Tones

Take a closer look at our favorite go-to hues.

Related To:

Mother Nature is the ultimate influencer of design — and for a good reason. She's colorful, easy on the eyes and constantly surprises us with her effortless style. Of course we want to bring her good vibes into our homes. (And celebrate all month long, am I right?)

If you’re feeling inspired by all that Mother Nature has to offer, you're definitely not alone. Here are 5 reasons why we're obsessed with earth tones. 

1: They Play Well Together

Rustic Green Living Space With Mustard Yellow Chairs and Gray Sofa

Rustic-Inspired Clubhouse With Midcentury Modern Pizzazz

Paneled walls in a forest green hue pair with mustard yellow chairs and a tobacco stick chandelier to establish a rustic, woodsy-inspired feel in this clubhouse. A midcentury modern coffee table and sofa offset the rustic feel.

Photo by: Cortney Bishop Design

Cortney Bishop Design

Earth tones have a tendency to bring out the best in each other, which means that you can (and definitely should) pair them together. For an organic color scheme of your own, check out our national park-inspired palettes.

Find Your Perfect (Park-Inspired) Palette

See All Photos

Shop This Look

2: They Adapt Easily

White Transitional Kitchen With Blue and Green Accents

White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents

A white kitchen doesn't have to be ALL white. Here, designer Andrea Schumacher opted for just two small shelves in lieu of upper cabinets, making the fanciful floral wallpaper the star. For contrast, she chose an emerald green tone from the wallpaper to paint the kitchen's island. The standout green piece complements the blue floral wallpaper, the Murano glass chandeliers, white cabinetry and Carrara marble backsplash.

Photo by: Andrea Schumacher

Andrea Schumacher

Greens and browns can be used as understated neutrals or playful pops of color — which gives you plenty of options for incorporating them into your kitchen, bedroom, etc.

3: They Make Us Feel Good

Green Bedroom With Pink Headboard, White Table and White Bedding

Contemporary Feminine Bedroom With Tulip Table Nightstand

We love the way soft greens and muted pinks have a way with each other. Pairing chartreuse with white gives the room a bright, clean and fun tone. The pink padded headboard, MCM tulip table, and white vase with pink peonies give this bedside space a posh look.

Blush pink and Kelly green? Yes, please. Because earth tones are often warm, soothing colors, they tend to make our favorite spaces feel calm and inviting. 

4: They Offer Just Enough Sparkle

Glass Coffee Table in Living Room

Glass Coffee Table and Centerpiece in Living Room

The living room features a variety of styles and textures including this glass table with round centerpiece.

Photo by: Sarah Sweeney Photography

Sarah Sweeney Photography

Gentle brown, tan and beige backgrounds are a little lackluster on their own, but agate-inspired accents provide contrast and sparkle to keep things interesting. 

5: They Never Go Out of Style

White Room With Wood Paneling, Desk, Open Bookshelf and Green Sofa

Contemporary Living Area and Home Office With Emerald Green Sofa

Combined with black, white and gold, emerald green is given a fresh look with an opulent feel. This lively color also looks fabulous with neutrals and pairs beautifully with blues, pinks and reds.

Photo by: Room and Board ©Room and Board

Room and Board, Room and Board

Color trends come and go, but Mother Nature's hues are fashionable year-round.

Next Up

Bring Music Festival Style Home With These 8 Items

You don't have to stand in a dusty field to feel Coachella vibes all year long.

Decorate With Bold Color

Learn how to infuse your home with vibrant colors, whether through small details or painting entire walls.

5 Ways to Add a Pop of Color to Any Bedroom

Is your space in desperate need of a color makeover? Use these helpful tips to add a little dose of fun and transform any boring bedroom!

Punch Up Your Decor With Burnt Coral

It's classic peach, with the volume turned up.

8 Refreshing Color Combos We're Absolutely Loving Right Now

These unexpected color combos are hot, hot, hot right now. Ready to update your home's color schemes?

Savor Shades of Lime and Orange in This California Home

Like a refreshing approach to design? Check out this home with a punchy palette.

10 Ways to Refresh Your Style from HGTV

Spruce up your space with budget-friendly and seasonal decorating ideas from Frank Fontana.

80+ Colorful Home Accessories HGTV Magazine Editors Love

Pick your pop of color! Decisions, decisions … are actually a treat when you’re scrolling through super-fab finds in the hottest colors. Let HGTV Magazine take you shopping.

White Done Right

Ever think about going white on white? Whether you lean contemporary, country cottage or traditional, choosing an all white decor is a significant way to make a statement. Here are three looks for doing white right.

10 Perfect Pink Rooms We're Loving Right Now

October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of this, we've picked our very favorite pink spaces.

Meet the Team

Get to know the talented writers and editors of HGTV's show and design blog. 

Go Behind the Blog

From the Archives

Take a look back at our past posts, from entertaining and design trends to up-and-coming HGTV shows.  

Read All Our Past Posts

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.