When I think of neutral paint colors, my mind automatically goes to shades of tan, white or gray. But, here’s a new idea to consider if you’re in a color rut. Benjamin Moore just announced the official “color of the year” for 2015, and it’s a surprisingly soft, neutral shade that works well with lots of deeper, bolder colors.
I think this color is really pretty paired with a basic black (and white).
Some other color combination possibilities—and overall looks—using Guilford Green:
So, are you a fan of the new color of the year?
I think it’s pretty! It looks very welcoming!
Beth Barden says
When we moved in our first home I went crazy with green so ever since I have shied away from it. I do love this color though and can see it as a really pretty background color. I especially love the green and navy combo! And by the way, your NYC trip looks so fun!
I would never think to pair that shade of green with plum or navy, but those combinations are both beautiful! This gives me a lot to think about…
sherry hart says
I of course do not need to be talked into a neutral….but it might be a little green even for me:(
Emily Clark says
I don’t know if it falls into the Sherry Hart Color Collection ;)
ABC Dragoo says
I lived with a very similar color (Castleton Green, by B. Moore in the HC palette) for many years. I must admit, it was extremely versatile. Practically every color I put with it looked as if it was a match. I never tired of living with green either. It is soothing, natural, and very easy to live with.
I love it! It’s a refreshing change from the gray and tan you see everywhere, but still goes with almost anything.
That’s a gorgeous shade of green. When we painted our house 15 years ago we used a lot of sage green. Finally tired of it and got rid of all greens after about 10 years. I guess it has taken me several years for any sort of green to be appealing to me again.
Love this sage green, I have a color that is almost it’s twin on my ceiling in my living room with white moldings and the walls are a French vanilla cream, it is a great color and definitely a neutral in my home. Even my kitchen cabinets come close to this color!!
I have had this color room in our downstairs for the past nine years and LOVE it. I have changed the colors in our main room from reds and greens with black wood, to now shades of greys, blues, creams, natural wood tones with pops of color, and the paint has worked with all of them. In a world of white and beige walls, we always get compliments on the paint color.
Beautiful post and worth sharing so I did on my blog post today!! Thank you for the heads-up on Guilford Green. On my post I show how I have used a very similar green as my neutral in three of my rooms…..http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2014/10/benjamin-moores-color-of-year-for-2015.html
Emily Clark says
Thanks, Kathy Sue! Love how you’ve already used it in your house.
I’ve been a fan of so many greens for so many years! My office has a slightly darker green with gray carpet and I love it! Nice combinations here too….
Cindy Szpak says
I went and bought a pint of Guilford Green this afternoon after agonizing since June over what color to paint the walls of our new ( to us) cottage. I think this is it!
i have a similar color on my own walls, and i love the way it really helps the bolder colors in front of it pop. love this post! so inspired!
Great post!!! I was just going to be thinking about some new paint and was wondering what was up for 2015!!! Thanks for the heads-up!!! Love it!
Esther Horvath says
I custom-mixed a slightly lighter shade of this color to use in our great room and adjacent dining room last spring. It is the perfect neutral, and really compliments our
Swedish-mood decor. It lives beautifully with various tints of Aqua and Coral.
Barbara B. Owen says
I liked it best with plum.
Karen T. says
I love it! This has been my bedroom color for the past seven years. I have swapped out my bedding over the years from chocolate brown to pewter and now it’s a pattern of white and navy. It is seriously the most versatile color.
Helen Allen says
Never thought of myself as a green person, but Guilford Green is certainly a very soothing and appealing color. We visit Catawba Antique Mall fairly frequently. I’m sure I’ve visited your booth before. Now I have a face to put with it.
Great post love the colors and grouping you put together. I have been looking for black and white art, the grouping of four scribble circles is gorgeous. Do you have a source? Thanks
Emily Clark says
Hi, Yes–it’s from WS-Home: http://bit.ly/1wnY6cX
When we built our house 11 years ago, I painted our master bedroom and bath a very similar shade of green. I pulled this color from our floral duvet, which had shades of cream, brown, and navy. It looked beautiful from the doorway, but if you actually walked into the room you instantly looked like you had the stomach flu. Not a flattering look! (It’s BM Revere Pewter now-so much better!)
Heidi @ Decor & More says
Gorgeous color! Love the idea of putting it on the ceiling… thanks for sharing, Emily!
Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door says
Not my favorite color but I love the color combos you came up with.
Zurainny Ismail says
Elegant combination… I wish I had your knack for choosing colours and design! :D