Photo: Clark + Kensington
The best thing about August’s birthstone, peridot, is its offbeat shade of green. Green has been
a fun runway trend for nails for several seasons, but a new collaboration between the nail polish mavens at OPI and Ace Hardware’s Clark+Kensington Paint brand has us dreaming up new ways to take extend green beyond just our tips and toes. “We are thrilled to offer women a unique way to extend their personal style into their decorating style through paint color,” enthuses Mary Rice, President and General Manager of Ace Paint. “The OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington was curated to encourage consumers to bring fashion-forward colors into their homes through the hues they’ve grown to love in the nail salon.”
This partnership includes three chic palettes, each featuring six iconic OPI shades plus five coordinating colors of Clark+Kensington. The “Artist” palette features OPI’s Gargantuan Green Grape (above), a fabulous, decor-ready shade perfect for late summer manis, pedis, walls, accent pieces, furnishings…
A ‘Green Room’
When you head to the hardware store, you’ll want to be sure that whatever green you do settle on will have you feeling settled rather than immediately ready to repaint. If you’re planning on greening up a niche that is kind of dark or not well lit, avoid any greens with too much gray; instead, opt for one that’s bright and contains a lot of white. Also look for greens with some yellow, advises interior designer Kishani Perera, as they are more sophisticated. Once you find your green, it’s time to test. That gorgeous green could look a lot less glowy on your walls so be sure to do a trial patch. And when it comes time to paint the ceiling, either stick to white or mix 50% green with 50% white.
Photo: Smart Home Ideas
Green decor gets a lot of its oomph based on what it is are paired with, says interior designer Ruthie Sommers. Lighter greens play well with yellowish cream and butter shades, while punchier citrus shades can go in two design directions, notes color expert Philippa Radon: with matching upholstery and chocolate accents or, for Miami Beach Art Deco glam – with blueish green, coral or, as above, with raspberry. And if you’re really not sure, it’s time to see how Mother Nature mixes and matches your shade green. “Look outside to see what colors are paired with green,” says interior designer Stephanie Wohlner. “Usually those deep pinks, blues, browns, and whites will look great inside, too.”
Here are some fabulous ways to help inspire you to green things up a bit (or a lot!) decorwise:
How gorgeous is this accent chair is OPI nailpolish green? Instead of searching high and low for this particular one or something like it, the CustomMade.com marketplace lets you find a designer that will make your exact piece to your specifications. To get the process started, you can create an ideaboard on the site or simply upload images of what it is you want.
The great thing about accessories are that they deliver high impact for low commitment. For your own OPI green tray, simply buy a wooden butler tray & slap on a coat (or three) of your paint of choice. We like the reclaimed-wood ones from West Elm which are both budget-friendly and eco.
Who doesn’t need more storage space?! A rattan or wicker chest in green is a fun way to stash extra linens or blankets while upping the chic factor at the end of the bed. You could also find two mismatched tables about the same height and paint them the same green for a stylish set that’s coordinated without being too matchy-matchy.
Towels and A Jaunty Cupboard
Even if all you do to is pick up a batch of new towels in a fresh hue, your bathroom will perk up accordingly. You’ll get flair points if you add in a bathrobe in a fun green, a bathmat, set of sheer curtains and repaint the sink cabinet.
Sometimes some of the coolest decor ideas are right under our noses, or in this case, our feet. Paint is an easy and fun way to add zest to an area. The OPI green looks so playful here with a zippy palette of cheery coral, buttery cream and robin’s egg blue – plus matching pillows and a cozy bench seat!
Photo: Architectural Digest, home of Barney's CEO Mark Lee
Ultrasuede is a gift from the home decor gods. It’s colorfast, machine-washable. pet-proof and with its soft, plush hand, it’s perfectly luxurious for luxuriating. Choose an Ultrasuede that either matches or is closely coordinated with the green you choose for the walls. The overall effect will be restful, elegant and chic in the most zen way possible.
Bedding & Throw
Tossing a throw on a bench, couch or next to coordinating bedding and pillows makes it easy to green up your boudoir. When it’s chilly out, opt for snuggly faux fur. During warmer months, try cotton or silk.
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Topiaries add a grand feel to any space, but these mildly manicured Muehlenbeckia are actually much less fussy than their poufy appearance would suggest. They do not need direct sunlight, so they can thrive away from windows in the middle of a room, which makes them perfect behind a sofa or as a room divider. Check any decent nursery for nine-inch topiaries – ivy and myrtle are also great choices – and don’t forget to pick up a galvanized tray to catch water and make your green grouping look downright designer.
How do you bring your favorite shade of green inside?