Fantastic Spring Color: Insert a Spoonful of Pollen Green

Achoo! Pollen season has hit us early this year, thanks in part to the Winter That Wasn’t. Even though you’ll hear me grumble as I move through still another box of Kleenex or hose down my car for the umpteenth day in a row, I secretly adore the sneezy stuff for one reason: its own color.

That beautiful, changeable hue — greener in some lighting, yellower in other people — feels spring fresh and perennially youthful. It can function as a neutral or make a bright focal point. And while I may not desire it dusting my deck chairs, I’m all for it inside my house. Read on for blending it into an area.

Dijeau Poage Construction

This Saarinen Womb Chair and Ottoman appear luminous at a living room that is neutral. Together with the vase of callas, they make an oasis of vibrant color without dominating the room.

Texas Construction Company

I don’t think I have ever seen a flooring stained this shade, and I’m digging it. It would have been so easy to go the traditional route and adhere to the natural wood tone or paint it white, but these homeowners shot a risk that paid off. The extreme green brings the tub to life, and the red stool from the shower balances the palette nicely.

Ana Williamson Architect

So easy, yet so smart: Treat the interior of a shower with glowing color and leave the walls in contrast to the other way around. The result: an box of pure fun.


Fall, spring meets! Pumpkin orange profits a little levity from green trim and accents with this exterior. Both colors feel organic to the landscape but are unexpected enough to catch the eye and enhance curb appeal.

Amoroso Design

At first glance, this stair runner reads as a neutral. Its pollen-green undertones are muted, but the artwork panel framed by the cutout from the wall pulls the color upward.

Anderson Design Studio

Yellow-green accents barely dust this living space. This is an excellent method of street testing a color you’re not sure you want to commit to — it’s easy to swap these small bits out on a whim.

Stained a rich brown or painted in a dignified color like black, this front door would feel totally normal. What a difference a coat of green leaves — it takes the facade into entirely different land and hints that other promising surprises expect.

Gary Hutton Design

Pollen green is layered to lovely effect within this space. The chairs, couch, walls and ceiling combine to make a quiet, cohesive look that is much more interesting than plain cream or beige.

Here’s my own private pop of germ. I have experienced this Lee Industries armchair for many years, and I adore it. The color and pattern feel restful, and the undertones change with the light as the day goes on. Additionally, the seat plays nicely off my chamois-yellow dining room outside.

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