Green, the Stunning New Neutral

Neutrals are well-loved for their flexibility and classic appeal. But creating a livable space that exudes personality? Well, doing a little more soul searching with favorite colors in mind may be in order.

It may seem a stretch to step outside the bounds of comfortable grays, beige and greige, but we promise – it won’t hurt a bit.

Did you know that every color can be a neutral? Yes, it is true – every color has a shade in the color spectrum that when used properly, can become a beautiful neutral backdrop.

We’ll be exploring this idea across several upcoming posts. Let’s look at one of the A-list neutrals and how to use it in your home. Always stylish green.

Green as a neutral? A bold statement, we know. It blends easily with almost every other color so the combinations could be endless. Plus with so many hues and tones available, it is a wonderful way to bring the outdoors in and chase the winter blahs away.

Here’s where our vision of green took us.

Meet Gorgeous Shades of Green

Varied shades of yellow green, blue greens and forest green unite magically. Just look at all of the interest it brings in a piece like Florence.

Add a textured solid as a foundation, like Crackle in grass or peacock or Agra for great texture with subtle sage accents.

Select a favorite fabric pattern or texture to use on upholstery. Here we have Nori, Lucetta, Lequin and Easton.

Finish your room with some pillows and other accessories such as throws or a table lamp to pull your look together. The Draper table lamp in mint green has a timeless appeal.
Explore contrasting colors to make a fresh color combo.

Florence Rug
Florence Rug

Green is synonymous with grass, trees and other flora. Combine blues and greens for natural, watery color palettes. Bring in some ivory and brown to scale back a bit – but go for it with lots of interesting texture.

Agra Rug

Curious about how you can take the color green and work it into your own decor? We’re always happy to answer design questions – drop us a note here in the comments.

What the GoodWeave Label Means to Company C

Hitting the road to visit our factories in India is always an exciting prospect. It’s an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the talented artisans who work so diligently to produce our hand-crafted designs. Being hosted by these facilities is a treat – we get a firsthand look into the operations and have the chance to chat with the employees as they bring our creative vision to life.

It is also an opportunity for us to connect with the community supported by the GoodWeave initiative.

More than 12 years ago we made the decision to support this program, and our co-founder, Walter Chapin, still serves on their standards committee. This helps us uphold one of our guiding principles at Company C – to create products using sustainably sourced materials and humane production methods.

We partnered with GoodWeave to support their initiatives to work with rug manufacturers in India to make sure our handmade designs were made without the use of child labor, produced in safe working conditions, and that the employees at the factories were paid fairly.

We’re passionate about making rugs – the right way.

Each year, we donate a portion of our rug sales to GoodWeave’s effort, which helps improve the lives of children in India through education. On this trip I had the pleasure of visiting one of their schools. I felt such joy in seeing the positive impact that this program has on the children. I was pleasantly surprised to see that even the youngest siblings are allowed to attend school with their older brothers and sisters. This helps the families while both parents work outside the home.

The children flourish at these schools. It was heartwarming to spend some time with them in between their class work. They also gave me the chance to be a fly on the wall while they sang and danced!

As savvy consumers express their concern about how and where our rugs are made, the GoodWeave label on the backs of our rugs offers piece of mind, letting customers know that their rugs were created without the use of child labor. If you’ve ever wondered why we support this organization, the numbers help tell the story.

While on this trip I learned that to date, more than 3,936 children have been freed from exploitation, 23,996 have been enrolled in schools, and 59,152 workers have been covered under the system in India. GoodWeave sponsors the education of all rescued child laborers, along with providing them rehabilitation and medical services.

Their Child Friendly Communities program promotes education in villages. GoodWeave facilitators build close relationships with the community, instill the value of education within the parents and teachers, and follow up with the children to make sure they’re attending school. Those who aren’t at the appropriate academic level for the public school are encouraged to attend a GoodWeave-run Motivation and Learning Centers,  a place designed to accelerate learning and allow children to catch up to their peers. There are currently 38 such centers running in 51 Child Friendly Communities in India.

Without consumer support, these programs couldn’t happen.

This is why we continue to proudly support GoodWeave’s mission of healing and educating children. I’m already looking forward to my next visit!

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