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How to use a moody dark green paint as a neutral

I wasn’t sure it was possible either, but the first room I painted a moody dark green color, I realized it was more of a neutral than we give it credit for.

The first thing I did was head to Google and look up “What defines a neutral” and this is the exact definition that it Google gave me:

It is also a color which generally goes with every other color. Imagine colors like tans, beiges, ivories, creams, whites, blacks, and grays. These shades are very visually quiet in interior rooms.

December 28,2001

Ok, well that’s not helpful, but hear me out.

My first experience with the moody dark green paint color was the Woodgrain accent wall in the color Riverway by Sherwin Williams.

Maser bedroom accent wall
Primary Bedroom in Riverway by Sherwin Williams

This moody dark green paint color was absolutely stunning in person and it complimented every single color I put next to it.

Putting my moody dark green paint as a neutral theory to the test.

Pops of yellow for spring.

Adding pops of yellow for spring

When I added rust in the fall, it looked absolutely stunning next to this moody dark green paint color on the walls.

I am convinced this moody green paint color is an unsung neutral paint color.

Then I just started holding up all sorts of colors next to it: black, navy, red…and they all looked great.

It was at that moment I was convinced, moody dark green paint was the unsung neutral paint color we were all missing out on.

Sadly we had to move and I wanted to try my theory again.

When we moved into our new home, I wanted to test my moody dark green paint as a neutral theory again, but this time with a different color.

This time, I chose Brooklyn by BEHR Paint in my home office.

You can read all about how and why I chose this color for my office here.

My home office in the color Brooklyn by BEHR Paint

For my home office I decided to do more of a color saturation and even since this last picture was taken, I’ve gone back and painted the window framing.

The only thing that I didn’t paint in this room is the ceiling and even now I’m thinking it should get some sort of treatment be it paint, wood, or even wallpaper.

I love how this rug pulls all the colors together.

Even though the color is darker doesn’t mean that you’re bound to stay on the darker side with decor.

Between the two room examples I used darker and lighter decor pieces to alter the look and feeling I wanted to achieve.

Speaking on what’s next, I found my inspiration for my next moody dark green paint color from a Stanley mug.

Color inspiration for my primary bathroom came from a Stanley mug of all places

Don’t hate me, I’m not a Stanley girl, but whenI saw this particular color at Target, it stopped me in my tracks. (Of course that mug is sold out, but this Stanley was still available if you want to see it in person.)

And there’s no wonder I was drawn to it, because when I color matched it, guess where I found it… on the same swatch as the color I painted my home office.

The name says Provence Blue, but it has all the pull of the moody dark green that I want for my primary bathroom.

AND to top it all off, Watery is what we painted the eat in area of our last house so it was definitely destiny.

The bottom line lesson…

Don’t let rules and definitions literally paint you into a corner, instead I give you all the creative permission to think outside of the paint swatch and see color like you’ve never seen it before.

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  1. Those are beautiful colors! My daughter’s nursery was painted a similar color 23 years ago, paired with light pink. I believe it was called Wooded Path by Behr (yes, I tend to remember paint colors, lol). I like to think of blues and greens as nature’s neutrals, because well…leaves, grass, sky, water!

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