Published on August 13, 2021

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Photography by Trevor Smith; Styling by Merisa Libbey

Maybe you were among the thousands of us in lockdown last year who decided to paint your walls a trendy color. Perhaps you even went for the trendiest of all: green. Given sage’s popularity in kitchens this year, that’s probably the hue that comes to mind—but there’s an outlier that people have been loving.

Of paint brand PPG’s most requested swatches, three shades of green are in the top 20. Two are sage, of course, but one we didn’t anticipate: Night Watch, a dark jade. If you’re a paint aficionado, you probably remember that Night Watch was PPG’s 2019 color of the year. Two years later it’s clearly still a trusted one thanks to its calming quality and connection to nature. But what colors do you pair with such a strong shade? Here are three takes, each with a different vibe.

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Photography by Reid Rolls; Styling by Leanne Ford

Soften It Up

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If you think Night Watch is already a bold choice, combining it with a pale shade is the way to go. This warm cream will immediately illuminate a room, balancing out the moodiness of the deep green. 

Stick With Cool Tones

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For an unexpected yet deeply soothing vibe, consider another hue pulled from the great outdoors: Parma Gray. A wall of this dusty robin’s-egg blue will make furniture and artwork pop, turning Night Watch into a neutral of sorts.

Back to Black

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Glossy Jet Black on the molding and trim in a living room will act like piping for your green walls. Imagine this eye-catching combination in a bathroom with light-colored ceramic tiles—how chic is that?

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