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Green Walls Set Off Cabinets

A bold color choice in a home is not for the faint of heart.  Our client, in her new home decided to think out of the off-white box when she chose a green palate using Farrow and Ball paints, and in doing so, hit a home run.

The home has beautiful big views, and she made the point that the strong colors offset and draw focus to the landscape beyond.  I will add that the contrast between the mostly green walls and the off-white trim and cabinets adds drama and depth to the rooms.

The lesson I have learned is that sometimes it pays off to make bold choices when choosing paint colors. Keep in mind that repainting can solve the worst-case color scenario.

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Dining Room

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Bedroom Views

By Published On: March 13th, 2012Categories: Design, Miscellaneous5 Comments on Three Green RoomsTags: , ,

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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    Maryl March 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Lovely post — but you have misspelled ‘palette’ (as in color) as ‘palate’ (anatomy or taste).

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    Gabi Villegas March 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Fascinating how this same tone green can have such a different message in each room. All are equally present in character: the first giving hints of freshness in cuisine, the next maintaining colonial regality, and the last reflecting the colors of the outdoors. Every single room is just downright pleasant….
    Loving the wood tones in the built-ins in the last pic. Always a joy to see what’s new at Crisp Architects; Absolute solid style at every turn!

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    Andrew Scott May 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I was very inspired by this same choice of bold green and a white trim in my bedroom 3 years ago, with very positive feedback from family and friends. To see it done in your kitchen design is exciting for me. I’m in the early design phase of fixing up a beautiful old colonial Queenslander house (here in Brisbane, Australia), with wrap around balconies and panoramic city views. Your images have reassured me I want to expand this fresh dramatic look into other living spaces.

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    Debbie January 20, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Currently remodeling a kitchen and I would love to know the name of this green. I would really appreciate your help!

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    James Crisp January 21, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Dear Debbie,

    Please go to to this page: and go to the question section of each room you would like to know about and there you will find the colors.

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