PPG Evolution of Color

Green throughout the decades

PPG Evolution of Color

The Background of Green

A friendly color, Green symbolizes renewal. It comforts, soothes and restores. Green embodies our reverence for nature and became the color to represent a social movement. In painting, green is not a primary color; rather, it is created by mixing yellow and blue. Green pigments have been used since antiquity primarily by the Egyptians in the form of natural earth and malachite. The Greeks introduced veridigris, one of the first artificial pigments. Thanks to chemistry, a new generation of greens was introduced in the late 18th century: cobalt, emerald and viridian green. Follow the evolution of the color Green below to see beautiful color palettes from the different decades. 

The 1950's

Optimistic and Fresh

The 1950's

The happy color palette of the 1950’s illustrated the spirit of confidence of this decade for the American Dream, using a symphony of pastels lead by a sparkling minty green.

The 1970's

Organic and Hippy

The 1970's

With a new concern for the planet, (the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970) there was a significant shift toward a more responsible and ecological design approach expressed also through a more organic color palette.

The 1990's

Buttoned-Down and Collegiate

The 1990's

With all the rage for deep jewel tones, Hunter Green was the “it” color of the 1990’s. Most often paired with burgundy, this iconic “celebrity couple” combination of colors was seen everywhere from walls to cabinets, with brass accents completing the look.