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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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