Finding the Perfect Green

By Kate Riley December 20, 2018

*this post brought to you in partnership with Lowe’s.

I’m spending some time in the next few weeks getting my new office space ready to start 2019 with a bang. I’m really excited about how the space is coming along. All of my office furniture including the desk, shelving, and project tables are white so I knew I definitely wanted to paint the walls. I’ll be adding touches of black and brass with my decorative accents, but for the walls, I was looking for the perfect shade of green:  something verdant but not too vibrant, something not too dark or light, and something that hinted of the sea.

I went in search of the perfect green, and I found just the right shade by Valspar paint that makes me so happy.



We all know, whenever you’re on the hunt for the perfect paint color, the place to start is always with a stop for a group of paint swatches. I went to my neighborhood Lowe’s to see what kinds of greens were available in the Valspar line, and of course there were dozens and dozens of colors to look at.

Tip! Always ask for the fan decks they keep behind the paint counter, don’t just rely on the samples on display.



Samples in the stores are never what they look like on the walls so grab as many sample pots as you think you need, I’d recommend a minimum of five or six for comparison. I’ve always believed it’s better to pay for a few extra samples and make sure you get the color you want then to pick a color and buy a gallon (or two) that you end up disliking.

I was influenced by Valspar’s Colors for 2019, specifically the color Green Water. I tried it as one of my samples on the wall but it was a little too minty for my space.



I put up a grid of greens on my office wall and watched the paint samples throughout the day and how they looked at different times of day under different kinds of light. I used a lot of samples for this process because I wanted to get it just right and greens can be tricky! Sometimes they are too saturated or minty or blue so I wanted to compare a lot of them.




I made a map of the samples and referred to it over the course of several days before deciding on the color I loved the most.



The color I ended up choosing was Field of Pines, a beautiful sea green with a bit of gray and just a hint of blue. Valspar has a variety of paints available for your needs, for both interior and exterior, find any shade you’re thinking of by using their Color Visualizer.

I wanted a low or zero VOC formula so I opted for their Simplicity line.


The coverage with this product is very good. I’ve used other costlier paint + primer products that don’t cover as well and usually require two coats. For this 12 x 10’ space I used only half a gallon and it covered the walls in one coat. One gallon can cover up to 400 square feet.

I also love the Zero VOC formula, it had a tiny odor to it while it was wet and while I was working with it because it’s paint, but the next day there was no odor at all when I entered the room. I felt like I could get right to work assembling my office and didn’t have to wait to air the room out like you do with other paint formulas.

In my color experiment I narrowed down some really nice leaf and olive greens by Valspar:

Leafy Greens

Leafy Rise 5007-4A, Jungle Chameleon 5008-4A, Gentle Pasture 6003-4A



Olive Greens

Native Henna 6001-4B, Blanched Thyme 6001-4A, Deep Ellum (my favorite) AR1124



Here’s a sneak peak at how the office is coming together! All of my office furniture is white, as is the ceiling, trim, and doors, so I’m loving this beautiful shade of green on the walls, I find it calming and inspiring at the same time.

Stay tuned for the big reveal coming in January! And be sure to pay a visit to Lowe’s to peruse all of the Valspar paint colors available, and don’t forget to ask about those fan decks they keep behind the counter!

*This post brought to you in partnership with Lowe’s, your source for all your home improvement needs. All opinions shared as part of a product review are my own.


  1. We painted my daughter’s room a very similar green (Dynasty Celadon) and I love it so much. It can look a bit gray or blueish depending on the light and just love it. One of those colors that is color yet also somehow a neutral backdrop. Swoon!

  2. Are you saying that all their color choices are not available as paint chips, and that to see all the colors one must ask for the fan deck?

    • Hi Cherrie, paint companies change their featured swatches from time to time so the ones on display are not the only ones available. Fan decks hold a lot more colors that the company has offered in the past and they are always available for use again, you just need to ask about them!

  3. I’m curious, in your photo of the swatches on the wall, what’s the first one in the third row? It looks very blue-green, which is what I’m looking for.

  4. Can I ask about the paint colour on the second row, second square please? It looks like what I have been looking for. Thank you!

  5. This is a beautiful color for a work space! I painted my classroom (7th grade math) a very similar color this summer, and it makes the atmosphere of the room so much more enjoyable.

  6. Hi Kate, I just saw this post as I was looking for a green color. I love green as it reminds me of nature. Your room is beautiful. What is the 2nd color on the bottommost row between Green Trellis and Jade?

    It is pretty.

    thank you,

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