Colored Neutrals: Installment Two
Happy day, Reader dear!
Back in 2020 I fell head over heels with green. I wish I could explain why. Green has never been high on my chart, except that if you asked me my favorite color for leather goods, I would reply Green! without hesitation.
Blame it on a Capezio North-South tote I owned years ago when I was a single working mom… It was a deep green and went with everything and nothing. It was the perfect size and the double handles were just the right length, not too long and not too short. Just enough compartments and pockets to handle everyday life, but not so many that you couldn’t remember where you stashed your keys. Am I idealizing this? Probably. I wore it out and was sad when the day came for it to go to the bin.
Fast forward from 1990-ish to 2020. I hadn’t given green much thought. Then I saw a green skirt that made my heart stop. Which became a SERIOUS obsession.
Well, not serious like buying everything in green, but serious enough to buy some pumps and a bag in green! If you want a closer look at them, they feature in this post, here.
Green (like all colors) is lovely! There really is a green for everyone. Green is both grounded and natural, alive and calming. (Unless you are going for neon-lime, that is!)
Many shades of green can be treated as neutrals. Which makes them a colored neutral, hence the second in our series about colored neutrals takes on neutral greens.
If you missed the first installment about Teal, you can read about that truly fabulous neutral here. If you need more information about colored neutrals, and other information (and links) about color, read here.
How many greens are there? Enough to be confusing! Green and blue are the two most difficult colors for children to learn to identify. It’s easy to understand why. Look at your average crayon box or paint palette. The oranges are all similar. So are the reds. Even the yellows have relatively little variation. But blues and greens? There’s everything from very pale to deep and dark, subdued to bright acid, warm and cool.
For today, let’s stick with those neutral greens! For a green to behave as a neutral, it needs to be a medium to deep value green. That depth of value (or softness in those medium shades) helps it behave like a neutral. The underone of a neutral green may be warm or cool. Neutral in this case is about how it behaves, not about its undertone.
Knowing my penchant for green leather goods, you already know I’m coveting both the bag and the boots, right? Even the trousers are on my radar. And if someone was to gift me the watch for Christmas, I’d not complain… If you’d like to see these items up close, click on this link or the image above to be taken to a shoppable version of this board! (No, I don’t earn a comission on purchases. Nordstrom isn’t an affiliate of Shopshare. Maybe someday?)
Other Ways to Look for Neutral Greens
Forest, Hunter, British Racing Green, Charleston Green, Olive, Moss, Eucalyptus, Sacramento Green, Fern, Army, Khaki, Drab. You may also find neutral greens described as almost any kind of leaf: Juniper, Seaweed, etc… Just saw Cypress today!
There are no correct or incorrect color names! These are simply some ideas if you are hunting. If you love green and want a deep dive into all kinds of greens, some history and geography and their color codes, visit color-meanings.com.
Do you remember me saying that you will find both warm and cool undertone neutral greens? Let’s look then at Green and Yellow-Green on the Color Wheel to find interesting combinations! For these purposes, I’ll call warm neutral greens Olive and cool neutral greens Moss.
Olive + Coral
Olive + Violet Red/Red-Violet
Olive + Purple
Olive + Mustard
Moss + Red
Moss + Persimmon
Moss + Lilac/Purple
Moss + Pink
Olive/Moss + Light Blue
Olive/Moss + Teal
So How About You?
Do you have one (or more) neutral greens in your closet? Are yours light or dark? Have you ever thought about green as a neutral? What color do you prefer with green? And please! Share any color names you run across that describe neutral greens! You’ll be doing everyone who reads a favor…