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Shades of Green: Why Moss Green Is a Thing Lately

Why Moss green is a thing lately

So, why is moss green a thing lately? Wiktionary describes this shade of green as, “A dark green colour with a tint of yellow, like that of moss. … A pale greyish green color, like that of lichen.”

Additionally, in my post “ 15 Best Words To Describe Green”  you will feel inspired by this color! When you visualize the color green- bamboo, grassy meadows, pine forests, and lush tropical greenery may come to mind. The color green is associated with growth, harmony, nature, and money-of course.

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight…the truly wise person is colorblind.

Albert Schweitzer

The color properties of green are both tranquil and refreshing to your spirit. Undoubtedly, when you shop at natural food markets, you’ll notice a lot of green on the packaging and signage.  Think Whole Foods and Sprouts markets. I associate it with the green crosses I used to see all over Paris which let you know there was a pharmacy.

Moss green is sophisticated and lets face it, it’s different. Why be boring?

I’ve been coming across moss green colors on major paint brand’s websites, you’ll come across their shade of green that they are promoting for 2020. Each company has their own proprietary rendition of this sophisticated shade of green. Read on to find out why anyone would choose moss green and about the paint brands proprietary moss green colors as well as palettes home design inspiration.

About the 8 Shades of Moss Green I Chose

Behr’s “Back to Nature” green color is described on their website as, “…restorative and revitalizing green hue that engages the senses…”. Behr chose this moss green as their color of the year. Benjamin Moore’s “Enchanted Forest”, is a moss green meets forest green and would bring some drama to a room.

In addition to the two mentioned above, Clare’s “Current Mood” color is described as, “…a mysterious moody green”. Dunn Edwards has a moss green that’s been in their collection since 2015 and is appropriately named, “Moss Covered”. 

Unquestionably, Farrow & Ball have some great colors. I found their “Sap Green No. W56” which is on the more yellow side. This one is from their “Colour by Nature palette, created in collaboration with the Natural History Museum to bring the true colours of nature into your home.”

Another beautiful moss green, aptly named, “Cavern Moss” by Glidden is more of a deep sage. Still beautiful and easy on the eyes. For a saturated hue, take a look at “Ripe Olive” by Sherwin Williams “Alive” series. Very dramatic and would be interesting.

Last but not least, Valspar’s “Secret Moss” color according to Sue Kim, a Valspar Color Strategist, “Dusky moss green holds a sense of neutrality and makes a simple backdrop to balance the old and new. It brings the outside in through tinted nature.” 

Shades of Green: 8 Beautiful Color Palettes to Inspire You

I’ve converted the paint colors to HEX code which computers read for color. The color I’ll be discussing is in the center along with my watermark to make it easy for you to reference and compare complete with a palette that you can use as inspiration. I used to reference the color name.

color palette moss green
Beh’rs “Back to Nature” inspired color palette: #667761, #545E56, #B7B98F, #917C78, #EAE1DF.
color palette moss green
Benjamin Moore’s “Enchanted Forest” inspired color palette: #C1F7DC, #C3D2D5, #606F64, #BDA0BC, #A2708A.
color palette moss green
Clare’s “Current Mood” inspired color palette: #D0B8AC, #F3D8C7, #4F5EFA, #EFE5DC, #C3C3C3.
color palette moss green
Dunn Edwards’ “Moss Covered” inspired color palette: #230903, #9EBC9F, #7A7E67, #D3B88C, #F4F2F3.
color palette moss green
Farrow & Ball’s “Sap Green No. W56” inspired color palette: #DD614A, #EDEEC0, #7E8551, #433E0E, #C1A76C.
color palette moss green
Glidden’s “Cavern Moss” inspired color palette: #CEBEBE, #ECE2D0, #92977C, #D5B9B2, #6D2E46.
Color palette moss green.
Sherwin Williams’ “Ripe Olive” inspired color palette: #DDDBF1, #3C4F76, #44483D, #D1BEB0, #AB9F9D.
Color palette moss green.
Valspar’s “Secret Moss” inspired color palette:: #D6F8D6, #5D737E, #9DA191, #55505C, #FAF33E.

Feng Shui: Where Does The Green Color Go?

In Feng Shui, green is the color of growth and new beginnings.  I’m not a Feng Shui master but have studied this topic for 6 years. I use it to seek balance in the decoration of my home.

This is truly a personal thing and to learn more, you can visit this to learn more.

There are a two schools of thought and one may be easier than the other. Either way, these are color suggestions and you need to do what you feel and like. Nothing bad will happen to you like some of the sites try to suggest.

According to Rodika Tchi on the website, she states, “The Wood feng shui element should be nourished and strengthened in the East, Southeast and South areas of the bagua of your home or office (if you are working with the classical feng shui bagua). If you are working with the Western, or BTB bagua, then welcome the Wood element in your Health and Family, Money and Abundance and Fame and Reputation bagua areas.”

I love her site and refer to it often. I respect that she’s been in the business for 18 years and doesn’t suggest meaningless things to place in your home to ward off evil. I’m sure you’ll be fascinated by her articles and her aesthetic.

Can’t Commit To Painting Your Walls?

You can opt to refresh your home decor with anything in moss green home decor that inspires you. Simply add it to an existing neutral palette.

moss green velvet sofa
Photo by Allie Smith on

I saw this photo and it reminded me of my first sofa I bought when I moved out to go to fashion college in Los Angeles, CA.

I found it at a Salvation Army and I loved it because it was a true mid-century modern gem.  It was pretty close to this shade of green.

The easiest way to refresh your home:

  • Changing out pillows (adding new covers)
  • Curtains
  • Rug
  • Table lamps
  • Throw blankets
  • Candles
  • Towels (for bathroom)
  • Bed set, duvet, or simply add new sheets
  • Ottoman
  • Actual moss elements

If you’re inspired to add this color into your life, my next article is on:

“Sophisticated Moss Green Decor You’ll Love”,