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This Lush Green Color Palette Feels Like a Walk Through Nature

updated Sep 8, 2022
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Credit: Sherwin-Williams®
Paint colors shown include: Evergreen Fog SW 9130 (wall and cabinets); Shoji White SW 7042 (trim).

Relaxing in nature is one of the most serene activities you can do — except maybe for relaxing in a home inspired by the calming power of the great outdoors. Sound soothing? We think so too. That’s why we designed a paint palette of rich greens and organic accent colors. Together, these hues create a soft, grounded look that feels like a quiet walk through the forest. Meet Verdant Vanitas.

Created by designer and visual artist Sara Weissler, Verdant Vanitas creates a sense of calm that is so needed right now. Feel at peace in your foggy green kitchen or refreshed in your bedroom or living room. This palette — made entirely of gorgeous paints from Sherwin‑Williams® — is as comforting as the nature that informed it. Now, let’s take a color walk.

What Inspired It

AT color expert Sara Weissler dug into color symbolism to create this palette. “Green symbolizes many themes, but the two that resonated with me were hope and renewal, which are especially needed after the last few years,” she says. Evergreen Fog SW 9130 was the perfect jumping-off point for a palette that evokes new growth, ripe fruit, and rich earth.

AT readers have been loving similar colors, especially these shades of green. How do we know? By checking out the Prism tool, which you can use to find color inspiration and save your favorites. (Just click the little rainbow button in the corner of any image on AT — that’s how Sara discovered Iron Ore SW 7069!) While designing, Sara kept the most liked colors in mind, so this palette is a bit of a reader collaboration. Thanks for your input!

What We Love About It

The Verdant Vanitas color palette makes us feel like we’re inside a still life: a candlelit table dressed with a rustic linen tablecloth in Evergreen Fog SW 9130 and fine china à la Shoji White SW 7042. The ripe berry tones of Cordial SW 6306, elemental depth of Iron Ore SW 7069, and dark vibrance of Kale Green SW 6460 could be an artful arrangement of the night’s feast on a silver platter. Together, these colors are bursting with life — and a dose of moody drama, too.

Credit: Sherwin-Williams®
Paint colors shown include: Evergreen Fog SW 9130 (wall and cabinets); Shoji White SW 7042 (upper wall).

How to Use It

The options are endless! “Evergreen Fog SW 9130 and Shoji White SW 7042 really could be used anywhere and applied to any surface in any room,” Sara says. “Because Evergreen Fog SW 9130 has a gray undertone, it is very neutral and sits well with many other hues.”

Try a kitchen with Evergreen Fog SW 9130 cabinets, Shoji White SW 7042 walls, and an island painted in Iron Ore SW 7069. And Cordial SW 6306 and Kale Green SW 6460 would make great accent walls or add an unexpected pop of color to architectural detailing.

Credit: Sherwin-Williams®
Paint colors shown include: Evergreen Fog SW 9130 (walls); Shoji White SW 7042 (trim).

Want more help fine-tuning the perfect shade? Sherwin‑Williams® lets you virtually chat with one of their color experts to get recommendations on finding and pairing colors. One-on-one Virtual Color Consultations are always FREE, and they’re a great way to get all your color and project questions answered in real-time.

You can also try Sherwin‑Williams® Peel & Stick color samples to see the colors you’re thinking about in person. They’re available in their most popular hues and let you preview how colors look and feel on your wall with no mess or dry time, so you can find the color you love quicker. Order online now!