Making it Work: Minty Green

I always think of mint green as a difficult color to pull off in a room — probably because I avoid it in clothes (skin too pale!). But actually a minty green is such a lovely, refreshing choice for an interior, evocative of serene, luxurious spaces like spas and beach houses. So what are some ways to make it work as a permanent fixture in your home?

Here are a few tips we gleaned from the inspiring spaces pictured above:

• For depth and contrast, pair mint green with similar but more saturated shades that lean more decisively in the green or blue direction. Love the combo of mint green with a grassy green (second and fifth photos above), and of course pairing mint with teal, as in the first photo, creates a lovely effect as well.

• To soften the preppy factor of mint green, choose warm neutrals like ivory and taupe and organic textures like hemp and rattan. Or…

• …alternately, you can pair mint with gray for a more tailored, classic approach. Mint and charcoal offers dramatic contrast, while mint and dove gray is a calm and subtle combo.

• Use bright, warm tones for contrasting accents: an orange vase here, a red lamp there, a pink upholstered chair.

In case you're not yet convinced, a bit of mint green inspiration from our archives:

Color Close-Up: Mint Green

Do you like mint green for interiors? How do you make it work in your own home?

Images: Martha Stewart, via Coco+Kelley; Centsational Girl; House to Home; Domino; Ryan Korban

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