Seafoam Green Seafoam Green

We know from the Sheffield Guidelines to Interior Decorating that each room we create in turn creates a mood. Some rooms have a more relaxed, casual mood, others are more formal. Some encourage a mood of contemplation, others are light and airy and carefree mood.

Color is a key element in creating the mood of a room, and some colors seem to lend themselves to particular moods.

Take this shade of green. You might call it "seafoam" as some paint manufacturers do, but I myself have never seen seafoam this color. It's a cool color, and cool colors tend to be a little more formal, just as cooled-down emotions tend to be affiliated with more formal settings.

The subtlety of this green also lends itself to a more formal mood. This green, which hovers near the blues on the color wheel, can be a perfect antidote for a room that's top-heavy with warm, dark colors. In this photo, you can see how the placement of the green sofa provides a refreshing, lighter color, without drawing attention to itself.

Against the dark wood and the deep floral prints of the chairs, the sofa gives the effect of a fresh bowl of flowers. This note of color is reflected in the fresh grasses on the mantelpiece, and is picked up by the greens in the floral print on the chair cushions.

Because this green is pale, rather than bright, it doesn't take over a room, but rather adds a subtle note that can blend in with the music created by the predominant colors in a room.

You could use this color for a whole wall. In the second photo, you can see how this would play, as the green provides a pale, subtle background for those eye-catching chairs covered in deep rose. It also plays nicely against the brighter blue of the floral print of the sofa and chair, and of the plates displayed on the wall.

This color works best when paired with deeper, lower shades. In both these rooms, the seafoam green doesn't call attention to itself, but rather provides the background in which the bolder colors can really stand out.

Reprinted with permission from the Sheffield School of Interior Design

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