The colors of the year may reflect a palette better suited to a nursery, but there’s one shade that is at once fresh and natural. That color? Green. Whether the hue of celadon or celery, sage or seaweed, mint or malachite, green has an unspoken natural appeal that withstands color trends and instantly ties your indoors with the outdoors.

Green has such a wide array of shades. Like the great outdoors itself, green lends itself to shades that are the palest pear to the deepest, inky black-green colors. Each shade has its own level of comfort and sophistication. For example, teal tends to be upscale and forest green echoes the country club aesthetic. Recently, there has been a revival in mint. Like your favorite childhood ice cream, mint is soothing, cooling and easy to enjoy.

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Pear pair

Whether you choose a bold lime green or something more muted, it’s easy to love green for the way it goes with so many other colors. Pairing green with brown and black keeps the natural theme going. Mossy tones like olive are casual and more relaxed. Consider the feeling and type of room you want to create when you’re deciding on green. No matter what type of look you’re after, there’s a shade of green to evoke that feeling and create the exactly the style you’re looking for.

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Green hot

As a trend, green is now viewed more as a neutral. Like the great outdoors and its green backdrop, green in your interiors works much like a neutral shade. Last year, Benjamin Moore’s color of the year, Guilford Green, was an excellent example of how green can work as a neutral. With hints of gray and brown, Guilford Green is a relaxing, refreshing, wonderful background color that was on trend but retained a timeless quality.

Middle ground

Besides being considered a new neutral, green is one of those colors that can be viewed as gender neutral. That makes green a terrific choice when there’s disagreement between some partners trying to decide between, say, coral and blue. Green fits comfortably in the middle, bridging the gap between standbys like blue, gray and beige.

Interior vs. exterior

Green looks wonderful on both interiors and exteriors. When considering green, give the outside of your home some thought for a shade that will make it look like a part of the landscape. Pair up sage green siding and cream trim, or try an olive-green door on a putty-colored house. For a coastal home reminiscent of summer, try a pale celery. To make your landscaping pop against your house, try a green taupe on siding with a paler shade of trim. Your home will seem like an homage to Mother Nature while looking inviting, relaxing and elegant.

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Indoors, try a bolder shade of green grass. When used on draperies or upholstery, the color will be a fresh, bright pop. For something different in the nursery, give baby a neutral green palette. The shade is perfect for a soothing cocoon and a great choice for parents who don’t want to know the baby’s sex ahead of time. Green is not the bold color that pink, coral or tobacco are, but it’s a color that can transcend trends yet remain firmly grounded.