My Latest Crush: Green Paint and Great Hardware

Louisiana in spring—there’s nothing like it. You see and smell flowers everywhere, whether you’re drinking tea in your neighbor’s backyard or strolling through a gardening center. Either pastime gives me a powerful craving for color. This year, though, I’ve noticed I’m just as attracted to bright green foliage as I am to blooms. (Hostas, anyone?) Maybe that’s because Pantone chose Greenery as its Color of the Year for 2017. I’m absolutely besotted with this invigorating green hue with a touch of yellow. Greenery is bright, cheerful, and relaxing—the perfect color for spring and summer and a great antidote to cold weather later on.

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Greenery is perfect spring and summer and a great antidote for winter.
Vanity knobs: Hardware Resources
Designer: Heidi Huddleston, CKD of Delicious Kitchens
Photo: Kim Graham

In fact, all sorts of greens are catching my eye—especially when the green is teamed with crisp white. That’s why I love the garden-theme bathroom that Heidi Huddleston of Delicious Kitchens & Interiors designed for the 2017 Charleston Symphony Orchestra League’s Designer Showhouse. She took a bland family bathroom and transformed it with paint, new hardware, and tile (among other enticing ideas). A repurposed vanity now wears fresh spring green and a marble countertop. A sky-high ceiling glows with sky blue paint. Chic trellis-pattern curtain panels frame the shower—a subtle way to incorporate more green into the look. Along with a white penny tile floor and pale gray walls, Heidi’s choices evoke the atmosphere of a historic home’s secret courtyard. And that’s a truly classic Southern vibe!

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Designer Heidi Huddleston transformed the bath with garden-theme in
fresh spring green and other ideas, including new hardware.
Towel ring: Hardware Resources
Designer: Heidi Huddleston, CKD of Delicious Kitchens
Photo: Kim Graham

Best of all (from a hardware pro’s point of view), the vanity gets its gleam on with trellis-pattern hardware in a satin-nickel finish from Jeffrey Alexander’s Padua collection. I can’t help but get excited about what you can do just by switching out knobs and pulls in any room, much less a showhouse.

So here I am, thinking of that vanity, and wondering what it would look like with a more traditional choice such as our Lafayette or Bella hardware in brushed oil-rubbed bronze. Or maybe choose streamlined Leyton pulls for a more contemporary or transitional feel. Or you could add a big dose of bling with the jewelry-inspired Solana line of knobs and pulls. Therein lies my dilemma; it would definitely take me longer to pick out new hardware than it would take to install!

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Greens are eye-catching, especially when teamed with crisp white.

All my imaginings aside, what’s your take on Pantone’s Greenery? Is it a great wall color, a hue that’s better in small doses, or something else entirely? And what kind of hardware would you use with it? I can’t wait to see your ideas!

Stephanie Lowe, Product Manager, Decorative Products

  1. For a customer who is bold enough to choose Pantone’s Greenery for her wall color I would show her Odessa, Bienville, and Kensington. A vibrant, daring wall color deserves to be paired with a substantial hardware choice that has enough feminine detailing to keep it from feeling heavy and overbearing.

  2. Thanks for featuring our project, we considered Aberdeen too, but loved pairing the Padua knobs with the other garden elements in this bathroom; perfectly matched trellis accents! The Harlow collection allows the color to truly shine through. Thank you for all the fun options.

    1. We agree with you about the Harlow collection, and the Padua collection was perfection on your project. Thank you for allowing us to share your work!

  3. I’m with you on this one. I love all those green paint colors. Great choice on how to use them in the home.

  4. Two years ago I was in love with all kind of nuances of green, now my favorite color is pink. I think Pantone’s Greenery will go well with both white and pink colors. See your roses are pink.

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