When in doubt, stick with nature ―
can set the mood.
Whether you want to paint your walls green or invest in an eye-catching piece of green furniture, the shade of green you should opt for depends entirely on the mood you want to set and the space you are trying to fill.
Jewel tones are named after stones like sapphires, emeralds, amethysts and rubies
A dark, jewel-toned green is the perfect backdrop or casual addition for a moody living room or bedroom. It instantly creates a sense of elegance, no matter the size of the space. Embrace the jewel-toned look with a pile of green throw pillows atop a La-Z-Boy sofa or loveseat. A deep green makes a statement, so even a single piece of furniture can set the stage for the rest of the room.
GREEN can be both warm and cool, depending on the shade, but often lands more on the cooler spectrum. You'll often find other cool shades that derive the "coolness" from green undertones. But while the majority of greens are cool, there's a wide variety in green and will often feel vastly different depending on the room and natural light.
A Short History of Green Pigments
Green is not a primary color, but is created by mixing yellow and blue. Green pigments have been used since Antiquity, both in the form of natural earth and malachite, used primarily by Egyptians.
Greeks introduced verdigris, one of the first artificial pigments. Until the 19th century, it was the most vibrant green pigment available and was frequently used in painting. Copper resinate was introduced in European 15th century easel panting, but was soon discarded because in the presence of light and air, green copper resinate turns brown copper oxide.
Thanks to chemistry, a new generation of greens was introduced beginning in the late 18th century: cobalt green, emerald green, and viridian.
In his painting “The Japanese Bridge,” 1899, Monet uses the color of hope together with the symbol of a bridge. The bridge stands for the uniting of people and revives hope for a peaceful future. Incidentally and sadly, Monet’s use of Emerald Green pigment, which contained arsenic, may have contributed to his blindness in later life.
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