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The Best Way to Update Forest Green

By 06/23/2009June 4th, 201810 Comments

If you still have forest green sofas from the 80’s, this avocado green will go a long way to updating your living room! Doesn’t it look amazing here?

Miles Redd in House Beautiful
One could argue that this is the new Kelly Green but it looks pretty forest green to me! Of course the nail head trim on the doors scream old money, but still – the yellowy green gives it the lift you need especially in a hallway.
See how it’s the fresh green that works in a room with no natural lighting? It’s a gray green that would dull it down as most people don’t have their lights on in a hallway during the day. However, if you have a dark corner in your living room, please, place a lamp there, as I mentioned in this post. Don’t just paint that dark room a pale colour, as you will not get the result you are looking for.
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  • VictoriaArt says:

    It looks so good, absolut intentionally!

  • DesignTies says:

    Funny that avocado green can update the look of forest green — I'm sure lots of people associate avocado green with the '70s!! I guess it really is true that "everything old is new again" 🙂


  • Dale says:

    I've been using more and more "forrest green" in projects. Except I just call it something else…like Abercrombie Green or something silly and people actually buy into it.

  • Elara says:

    Thanks for the reminder about the lamps, Maria! It makes a lot of sense!

  • Maria Killam says:

    Design Ties,
    Well maybe I should have used a different word than Avocado Green, that really sends us into the 70's.
    Yellow green is what I meant to say 🙂

  • colorbuzz says:

    I love it! So elegant and alive at the same time! These two greens lead perfectly into the red room beyond. So exciting!

  • Rebecca Sherman says:

    How funny — just yesterday at a photo shoot we were talking about Forest green from the Ralph Lauren 80s and how it never has come back, and good riddance. I made the proclamation that I'd never, ever, like it. Boy was I wrong! This is such a fantastic way to use the color. Not only do I like it, I could live with it in my own house. What an inspiration.

  • Design Junkie says:

    Those green leather doors are to die for. I think photo proves that there are really no dated or ugly colors if they are in the hands of master like Miles Redd. I think he has the most sophisticated colour eye of any current designer. His combinations always seem so fresh, and he doesn't seem to notice, or care, what colors are hot, or conversely, what colors are dated and out.

  • Anonymous says:

    In my mind forest green is a blue-green while avocado green (like Brookside Moss) looks yellow-green. I'm just puzzled that they go together when they seem to break the rules. I have forest green floor tiles in the kitchen and so am curious about wall colours. I've painted them a pale slightly blue-green (Tea Light by BM) but maybe that isn't the right colour.


  • Maria Killam says:

    Hi Anonymous,
    Forest green is a bluer green than an avocado green but it's dark enough that it starts to work with most greens. And all greens pretty much go together!

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