10 Paint Picks: Jade and Celadon Green
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The Chinese New Year (which starts January 31) has us thinking about green, a color representing health and renewal in China. We looked to jade green, a shade inspired by the stone with a many-thousand year history in China, and to celadon, a color synonymous with pale green Chinese ceramics. We asked members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory to fill us in on their favorites, and added a few choice shades of our own: Top row, left to right: Pratt & Lambert Clover ; Benjamin Moore Aganthus Green ; Farrow & Ball Green Blue ; Farrow & Ball Arsenic ; and Benjamin Moore Silken Pine . Bottom row: Farrow & Ball Green Ground ; Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre ; Benjamin Moore Sweet Caroline ; Benjamin Moore Overcast ; and Benjamin Moore Lafayette Green . Above: SF designer Kriste Michelini likes Benjamin Moore's Silken Pine . Says Michelini, "It's a pale celadon that's easy on the eyes and can act as a neutral. It's beautiful in a bedroom, living room, or bathroom for a serene and fresh look." Above: Portland, OR, designer Carole Magness singles out Farrow & Ball's Green Ground , which she calls "fresh and vaguely artsy, reminding me of certain verdant aspects in Flemish art." Green Ground is among the palest shades in this group. Above: Architect James Dixon recommends Farrow & Ball's Green Blue , a color he's used on the walls of an apartment in Paris. Above: We admire Clover from Pratt & Lambert , a rich jade green. Designer Kelley Wearstler (via House Beautiful) says the shade reminds her of patinated copper. Above: Another Remodelista favorite, Benjamin Moore's Aganthus Green is a grayed green just turning toward blue. Above: Eliza Hart of SF's Hart Wright Architects likes Benjamin Moore's Sweet Caroline , which is minty without being bright. Above: Designer Rozalynn Woods suggests Benjamin Moore's Overcast as a great alternative to white with just a hint of color. Next to Silken Pine, this is the palest green of the bunch. Above: We like Benjamin Moore's Lafayette Green at the darkest end of jade. Above: Carole Magness also uses Farrow & Ball's Vert de Terre , which she says "brings to mind a clear running brook in the forest." Vert de Terre is more olive than Aganthus Green but similar in tone. Above: Farrow & Ball's Arsenic is a bright jade. San Francisco interior designer Nicole Hollis calls it "just the right quirky mod color," which sounds about right to us. See these greens in action in Palette & Paints: 10 Minty Green Rooms , and have a look at our paint picks in red, the Chinese color of happiness, at The 8 Best Red Exterior House Paints .