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Jun 21, 2012

Colour trend: Decorating with mint green

By: Tara Nolan

Colour trend: Decorating with mint green Author: Style At Home

Colour
Jun 21, 2012

Colour trend: Decorating with mint green

By: Tara Nolan

Mint green is one of those yummy shades that add a fresh, playful element to a room. Not to be confused with aqua, a great example of this pastel hue can be found in jadeite dishware—those green plates and bowls that you often see peppered throughout antique markets. Nowadays however, mint green accessories are popping up everywhere. A few mint green throw pillows add a pop of whimsy to a Scandinavian-style room that’s all white and light hardwood floors. Mint green also pairs well with bright bursts of pink. And the contrast against dark wood creates a spa-like ambiance. Some companies are even bringing a retro style vibe to kitchens with ranges and refrigerators sporting this clean hit of colour. But if you're not quite into such a big statement, there are plenty of more subtle options that you can settle on. Here are 10 mint green decorating ideas we love!
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10 mint green decorating ideas

1 Jadeite bowls, vases and plates

Scouring antique markets and online purveyors of vintage housewares will uncover some lovely jadeite gems to add to your collection. Serve appetizers at a cocktail party on a charger or two or add a bunch of blooms in whites, yellows and pinks to a vase. ItchinStitchin on Etsy, contact dealer for individual prices or set. colour-trend-mint-knob.jpg
2 Knobs and pulls
Switch out boring knobs on a shabby chic dresser or a pair of nightstands to add a prism of colour. Anthropologie, $8. colour-trend-mint-pendant.jpg 3 Lovely lighting
Add a little country chic style over a kitchen table with this porcelain pendant light. Install a pair over a longer table to add a retro diner ambiance. Barn Light Electric, $159. colour-trend-mint-fridge.jpg
4 Appetizing appliances
You need a special kind of kitchen design to be able to step into the ‘50s with this retro fridge. Ideal for a cottage, consider retro-fitting this to suit today's standards. Elmira Stove Works, $4,195. colour-trend-mint-sink.jpg
5 Spa-like sinks
Who would have thought that a mint green sink would add such a soothing, spa-like feel to a dark, modern wood? We love it! amazon.ca, $1,755.65. colour-trend-mint-cabinet.jpg
6 Kitschy cabinets
At first glance, some antique pieces may be a little worse for wear, but the distressed look is in! This mint green cabinet is a little further down the pastel colour wheel than jadeite but it does a great job demonstrating a perfect pairing with pink. Rachel Ashwell, $1,450. colour-trend-mint-cabinet1.jpg
7 And more mint green cabinets
Of course, if you don't happen upon an antique cabinet, you can create the look yourself. This cabinet may be old, but it's sporting a fresh coat of lacquer that has then been distressed. Horchow, $450. colour-trend-mint-art.jpg
8 Perfect pieces for a baby's room
Mint green is a perfect, unisex shade for a baby's room. Paint the whole room in this soothing hue or find playful home decor accents, like the paintings shown here. FieldTrip on Etsy, $52. colour-trend-mint-laudre.jpg
9 Mint green boxes
On shopping expeditions, keep an eye out for mint green boxes in which you can hold any number of treasures, from jewelry to notecards. Ladurée has mint green in its iconic pastel arsenal. LesleySico on Etsy, $10. colour-trend-mint-miniappliances.jpg

10 Mini appliances
If you're not quite ready to commit to swapping out major appliances with mint green replacements, this mixer can hide behind closed kitchen cabinets or make a statement on your counter. Amazon.ca, $360.

Tara Nolan is the Web Editor of canadiangardening.com and is a regular contributor to styleathome.com.

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