mini trends

kelly green

by Grace Bonney

i was inspired by a post at modern-roost the other day and decided to flesh out one of my favorite mini trends going around right now: kelly green. the kelly wearstler post, anthropologie furniture and pieces from our h&g color issue really got me thinking about this bold green hue. it’s often paired with navy blue and written off as a preppy choice (think whale prints and izods) but designers are starting to bring kelly green back in a way that’s thoroughly modern. i love it for summer because something about it is so crisp and clean. and, unlike some other bold colors, the preppy edge keeps things looking classy and rarely garish. what follows below (and above) are some of my favorite examples of kelly green in the market right now. some aren’t precisely kelly green but have that same bold green color that i felt was in line with the trend. hope you enjoy! [photo above, clockwise from left to right: ivana helsinki fabric, modernica chair in grass green $239, judy ross pillow $190, nouveau knob $8, ditte sofa $3498]

[photo above, clockwise from left to right: kelly wearstler “imperial trellis” fabric, hybrid home print $40, kate spade “larabee road” dishware $80]

[photo above, clockwise from left to right: pia wallen felt baby slippers $38, unison bedding $33-$300, judy ross runner $875, suzani pillow $29.95]

[photo above from left to right: twinkle living bedding in “cosmic” $155-$190, heather amuny-dey print $40]

[photo above, clockwise from left to right: kelly wearstler’s viceroy, domestic wall decal $80, elum greeting cards $12 for set of 6]

[photo above, clockwise from left to right: josef frank chair $2498, offi mypetlamp $59, foxy and winston print $33, heather amuny-dey artwork $700]

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  • What a delightful site! Just what I needed on this rainy, gray day! Judy and Sasha, bigwhitedog.com

  • Kelly Green is right on… I was at CMG’s (Color Marketing Group) color workshops last Spring in Denver and got up on my soapbox about Kelly Green.

  • Kelly green is terrific. Be careful about too much, or it will overwhelm. This color was very popular in the 1970’s – along with Avocado – and as it “goes” with the current mid-century trend. While I’ve seen enough mid-century to last another half a century, I love the Kelly Green.

  • Being Irish I am very familiar with that colour. Nobody wears it over here although I do see it in the shops lately. The brits wear the union jack and the americans the stars and stripes banner but we irish never wear the tricolour. It’s not very flattering. I wore kellygreen and navy when I made my confirmation at 12 years of age. You are right about it going with navy. It’s nice with white for the summer. It’s also a very retro colour and retro is quite in these days. Love your site

  • Kelly green is my new favorite color. I especially like it as an unexpected pop in just about anything–clothing, room design, dinnerware.

    Love your site–thanks!

  • ohhhh is there any way to get this Kelly Wearstler geometric fabric? I am trying to decorate my new apartment in navy and kelly green mod geometric patterns but am having trouble finding fabric. Any suggestions?

  • Hello I feel really inspired by those designs…I am french illustrator lady looking for a friendly network …..suggestions ?

  • I love this site……specially mini-trend.When u r going to add more trends…….????

  • I think the fabric on the Josef Frank chair is gorgeous;the link takes me to Anthropologie where I see lots of fabulous chairs and fabrics but not this chair and not this fabric. Anyone know what fabric that is?

  • What a fantastic and inspiring site. I SO loved this Kelly Green page – all the items are elegant and classic. Well done for putting together such a clever mix of beautiful products!

  • I and apparently every other bride this summer thought wonders about Kelly Green as well. It’s an all too difficult color to find for bridesmaids dresses however, which was surprising given that I’d considered it fairly traditional. Hoorah for Kelly Green!

  • I’m in the process of building a house and want to cover two of my parent’s old arm chairs from the 70’s in a Kelly Green fabric – just plain, similar to the couch at the viceroy. Any suggestions as to where I can find a good Kelly Green fabric? (no pattern)
    Help would be SO appreciated!!!

  • I love green and I love it in my kitchen! If you love it too you might like the new Verde Berry Bowl from our Spring Catalog! Check it out evelyn.willowhouse.com

  • I absolutley agree with this trend. It is so refreshing to see Kelly Green take center stage and kick Chartreuse out of the picture. After the past four years it is definitely time for the avocado 70’s throw-back to hand over the title of the ‘it’ shade of green.

    Love it!