Design Hints

Green Scene

From hard-to-find green graniteware to a family heirloom vintage bench with original green paint, it's no coincidence that rooms in Rowann and Hugh Wilkerson's Lilburn, Georgia, home all have at least one or two green accessories. "If an antique is green, it usually comes home with me," Rowann admits. Weaving a verdant pop of a favorite color throughout your interior decor is a personal signature and adds continuity to disparate spaces. Rowann offers the following tips for choosing and working with a signature color.
Green Scene

SET A SIMILAR TONE. Pick either warm or cool shades of your favorite color. Rowann prefers a palette of green hues that coordinate with mustards and oranges, colors she calls “God’s last smile before winter.”

STAKE OUT NEUTRAL TERRITORY. Rowann helps her chosen colors stand out by balancing them with a lighter background. “My neutral go-to color is Behr’s Almond Latte,” she says, adding that it’s “a wonderful shade of antique lace with brown undertones.”

GO FOR THE FLOW. Integrating a common hue through a succession of rooms serves as a ribbon of color that unites the space. Rowann also recommends collecting a few different types of items featuring your favorite hue, such as her green painted furniture, Depression glass, graniteware and rolling pins, which add diversity while still maintaining a common link. “Variety makes it much more interesting and eye-catching,” she explains.

EMBRACE A SOFT TOUCH. If you have a lot of “hard” pieces in your chosen color, be sure to balance them by blending in textiles, such as pillows or throws, as well as houseplants and greenery. “When displaying your treasures, always put something soft with them, be it fabric or foliage,” Rowann advises.

Written by Khristi Zimmeth
Photographed and Styled by Gridley + Graves