Friday, June 24, 2011

Mint Green ~ It’s Not Just For Ice Cream

While I love just about every color in the spectrum, mint green has a special place in my heart.

To me there is nothing prettier on a summer day than a soft green sundress.

My favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.

Mint green in interiors is absolutely lovely. It it almost like a neutral as it pairs well with so many colors. Turquoise and mint creates a soothing space for sleep.

Springtime slumber is sweet with mint and lavender.

For a spa like feel try mint in the bathroom. (Mint green was first paired with black during the Art Deco period.)

DecGalFall2004_Mint Green Geometric Bathroom With White Accents and Black Round Mirror

Mint truly feels fresh and clean.

HHBath05_Mint green walls in Bathroom

Mint with natural linen and light colored woods is perfection in a living room.

A bit of chartreuse and aqua provides a mod vibe compliments of the 1960’s.

An all mint room might be a bit much for some. 

But paired with cream it’s delightful.

My favorite combo? Hot pink and mint green. I never tire of this delicious decor pairing.

I like so many things about this space.

I could cook in a mint colored kitchen forever.

Ah, pink again.

But it also looks great with red, which was a popular look in the 1950’s.

Recently I was desperate for a pedicure and as my little boy is on summer vacation he accompanied me to the salon. (In the future he’ll either need therapy or have a very happy wife.) When we arrived I went straight to the pink polish area and he said, “Mom, you always get pink. Try something new. I’ll pick it out.” (This was accompanied by the puppy dog look.) So I agreed and he handed me a bottle of mint green polish. Truthfully I felt a bit green at his selection. But I agreed and he was VERY happy. But in the end?

Mint green should probably not be applied to 40 something toes. But if you see me, try not to be green with envy.

Laura

36 comments:

Dawna said...

Ohhh..what beautiful pictures! I love that little dress right near the beginning of your post..and the table set with the peonies..and the living room with the roman shades...mm and its too early in the day for ice cream,,but that little dish sure looked yummy too! Have a great week end :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love mint green with pink, Laura. One of my very favorite dresses {that I don't think I have anymore} was mint green. I love the kitchen picture where it looks like it has been aged a bit.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Mint chocolate chip is my favorite ice cream too! In fact, there is some in my freezer right now!!

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

Laura,

The previous owners of The Fairfield House painted EVERY piece of trim mint/jade green. Although I like the color I think it will be a while before I incorporate it back into the decor. Now, my ice cream bowl and closet are entirely different stories! :)

I am here reading every post. I am enjoying your posts on Monaco and Wonder Woman. (I've always considered myself more of a Catwoman. C'mon over to the dark side. Rrrr) I am currently down for the count (pinched my sciatic nerve). Gardening is not for the meek or tender.

Your Friend,
Deborah

The Pennington Point said...

I'm into green these days myself. Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware is on all of my walls....it is so soothing and peaceful. I didn't put it together with mint ice cream though....genius. I will get some this weekend! Lisa~

Sheila said...

Thank you for this post. I am currently remodeling a mint green bath in my home. Mint is not one of my favorite colors especially in bathrooms and this bath is very UGLY. Nonetheless the mint green ceramic tile wall in the bath is staying (you can see my bath at beyondtheportico.blogspot.com). I have been looking for some inspiration and I think I found it. I had thought of mint and black and also mint and pink. My house is not cottagy but I think it will probably mint and pink perhaps with a touch of black. Thanks for the inspiration.

Linda said...

Thanks for the lovely decorating ideas :)

The color Green in general has always been one of my favorite colors, both to wear and to decorate with. I hadn't given much thought to mint green but I love what you've shown.

I guess technically - our bedroom is mint green. I'm so fond of the color, I haven't changed it in years.
Happy weekend to you,
Linda

Lorrie said...

Gorgeous photos, Laura. I love the kitchens. Mint is one of my favorite flavors, but I don't think I've ever used the color in decorating. Hmmm. Have to think about that.

Speaking of decorating - if you have a minute, come on over and see our "new" kitchen. We're finally finished and now it's time to enjoy summer!

You're a sweet mama to paint your nails that color.

Mimi said...

HI!!
MINT GREEN was always my favorite color as a child!!!After my hubby did not want a Red(my birthstone color) Blue(Sapphire is hubby's birthstone) and White wedding, I did get married in June of 76!!Our country's bicentennial , I chose MINT GREEN!!!!I loved it for the 70's!!!But looking at the pics now, I think how dreadful!!!
But I love that mint green dress, love that!!!It is a very soothing color!!
hugs,
jamie

Jeannine said...

Mint green reminds me of my orthodontist's office from the 70's usually. But you found many rooms that are so fresh and inviting with the mint. I especially like the mint and lavender.
I am not a fan of the mint as nail polish, however, I have been know to wear bright orange on my tootsies for my SF Giants. I'm glad you stretched yourself there.

Rebecca said...

Love the green.

When my 8 year old granddaughter was tiny we'd take her to the ice cream store and ask what flavor she wanted.

Her response?

"GREEN!"

:) Thanks for sharing. Beautiful kitchens!

xoRebecca

Red Rose Alley said...

I was never fond of the color mint in the home, but you made it look so fabulous! Thanks for sharing these unique photos. ahhhh....mint chocolate chip icecream - my favorite.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Lady Dorothy said...

Pink and mint green were my wedding colors! And my daughter's - 27 years later. Definitely a classic combo!

Little Leslie said...

You sure researched the color. I'm loving the coolness of this color too. Very clean and calming.

Erica said...

Beautiful photos! Love the apple green interiors!

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Deanna said...

Dear Laura,
This was so refreshing!!!
Coooool.
Enjoyed reading and really like the old green stove.
d

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French Basketeer.com said...

I've been debating painting the bathroom mint...or pistachio...but probably cuz those are my two fav's for ice cream. next time you are in town you will have some home-made mint chip ice cream waiting for you....

Karena said...

It is so interesting that I never wear this color Laura, however I love it in the images you have shown! It is a very calming shade, I like it with a bit of saturation!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Karena said...

Oh and Laura Mint Chip is my very favorite Ice Cream!!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I tend to be a bit bolder with color, but mint green is so calming...I may have to explore it some more!

Really Rainey said...

Great inspiration photos Laura... And I have "Mermaid Tears" green with "Silver Shatter" from the OPI Pirates collection on my nails right now... Its happening!

Rainey

Charlene said...

I'm just loving the mint green post! Stunning photos! You alwyas do the most beautiful posts!!!! Have a great weekend!
Charlene

Valeree said...

Haha!! I had to laugh because this is currently the color of my toes!! And I agree, not sure I'm loving it. Gorgeous in your pics tho.

Privet and Holly said...

I LOVE that you
did it, for him : )
Gorgeous inspirations,
my friend!
xx Suzanne

FrenchGardenHouse said...

You've won me over, friend! Gorgeous inspiration, just beautiful. happy weekend, Laura! xo Lidy

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous!! I loveeeeee that color!!! Part of my bedroom is done in this! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Karen said...

Beautiful beautiful rooms, this is a color I never thought of using, but it is so pretty and soothing.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

my favorite color! tied with pink, and you would know it if u saw the inside of my house!!

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I was skeptical of the mint green post title, but you certainly found beautiful examples.

Bloggymom said...

I love mint green. One of my bathrooms is mint green. So soothing!

Terri said...

Laura, your post has captured my heart! I adore all these shades of green...oh they are so calm, and restful! The kitchens are fabulous! The rest also inspiring!
Hugs,
Terri

Heather said...

When one of my friends bought her house, and I was one of her roommates, the entire inside was painted mint green. The ENTIRE inside. Every single room, every little lick of wood framing. It was way way too much mint green. We tried to strip the paint off, and got most of it, but that paint would not come off in certain areas. 10 years later and some of it is still there!

Auntie Em said...

Love the pretty minty pics...and paint your toes whatever colour your heart desires. They are your toes! :)

Liz said...

LOL! If I wear a crazy color it is on my toes! Right now they are alternating pink and orange! :) How fun is that?! I Love all the mint Kitchens! So cute!

~Liz

KJH said...

I love the picture of the red and mint kitchen. I want to do this in my kitchen (with yellow). Do you have a source for that picture?