Color Spotlight: Kelly Green

Color Spotlight: Kelly Green

Nancy Mitchell
Oct 10, 2011

Another color I just can't get enough of is kelly green. Every time I see it - on a coat, on a chair, on a wall - my heart skips a beat.

The name "kelly green" for a color originated in Ireland - this is not hard to imagine, since both the color green and the surname "Kelly" are quite common there. The first recorded use of "kelly green" as a color name in English was in 1917. This particular shade of green is highly saturated, but leans a bit more towards yellow than an emerald green. What I love about this particular shade is its versatility - it manages to be both cool and warm at the same time.

When using kelly green in your house, try to keep the rest of the color palette relatively simple, so the green can really shine. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, pair your kelly green with a little bit of aqua, or even hints of cobalt blue.

1. The Lennoxx
2. Global Atelier
3. Home of Courtney and Robert Novogratz via The Well-Appointed Catwalk.
4. Design*Sponge
5. Domino via Curbly
6. Rosenbaum
7. Lonny Mag
8. Hollywood Bed from Room Service Store.
9. Kelley Moore
10. Mimou via Decor8.

Cobalt Blue

Images: As credited above.

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