Sitting in the waiting room while shooting a commercial for Staples...

I shot a commercial for Staples this week, and while I was sitting in the waiting room, I noticed that it was actually painted green.  I started to wonder, why is the waiting room called the "Green Room" and why is it actually painted green.  So I turned to Wikipedia and posted their answer below.

After looking it up, I am more confused than I was before.  

So, I am going with green is a calm and soothing color.


The room was originally painted green to “relieve the eyes from the glare of the stage.” On the other hand, early stage lighting was by candlelight, so the “glare” might be apocryphal, a modern reference to electric stage lighting.

It is sometimes said that the term green room was a response to limelight, though the name is merely a coincidence – “limelight” refers to calcium oxide, not to the fruit or color. Furthermore limelight was invented in 1820 and the term “green room” was used many years prior to that.

Many actors experience nervous anxiety before a performance and one of the symptoms of nervousness is nausea. As a person who feels nauseous is often said to look “green”, so the “Green Room” is the place where the nervous actors wait.

According to one theory, long before modern makeup was invented the actors had to apply makeup before a show and allow it to set up or cure before performing. Until the makeup was cured, it was green and people were advised to sit quietly in the green room until such time as the makeup was stable enough for performing. Uncured makeup is gone, but the green room lives on.

In Shakespearean theatre actors would prepare for their performances in a room filled with plants and shrubs. It was believed that the moisture in the topiary was beneficial to the actors’ voices. Thus the green room may refer to the green plants in this stage preparation area.

The term green room can alternatively be traced back to the East End of London, England. In Cockney rhyming slang, greengage is stage, therefore greengage room is stage room and like most rhyming slang it gets shortened, hence green’ room. This information came from comedian and dancer Max Wall. It should be noted, however, that Rhyming Slang can be traced only as early as the 1840s, whereas the phrase “green room” predates this by several centuries, making such an etymology unlikely.

Green is also thought to be a calming and soothing colour. The green colour could also be linked with being “ready” for performing. So the performers were in a green room being ready before performing on the stage.
— Wikipedia
James Condon