When I told my friend Anna that green is a new gray, she raised her eyebrows in disbelief. “Is this one of those new designer fads? I’m staying with white, black and gray. Green decorating ideas is way over my head,” she said. “I love bright colors but only in other people’s homes, mine not so much. I can see it as a small something or a plant. But paint my walls bright green, and I’ll go crazy in a week,” Anna declared.
If you are like Anna, you’re not alone. Many people feel more comfortable with neutral or earth-toned color schemes but love only splashes of bright accent colors, such as green. Personally, I always liked green. To me, it’s all about new growth, balance, and spirituality. You can freshen up a dull living room, create a restorative vibe for your yoga practice or invigorate a forgotten corner of your workspace. If you’re ready to say “Yes!” to some color, read on to learn my tricks to making green decor or green paint work for your home. I have many green decorating ideas, from pops of color to the green-friendly Hollywood Regency style.
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How To Add In Pops of Green
It is usually better to use two or three objects instead of just one to have a dramatic pop or a splash of color. You should use two bright colors, instead of only one. For example, the image above shows one bold purple pillow, two green cups, sitting on white and purple napkins. The large bright pillows help to create a transition between all gray sofa and brightness of the green cups.
I think it looks best when two objects are one color, and the third object is a different color. Look at the difference between these two sets below, one is all green, and the other has a contrasting color. The set with the orange and white pattern looks best, right?
A great way to add a pop of fun green decor to your home is to paint a single piece of furniture green, like this dresser by Julie Paterson of Simple Redesign. She transformed an ordinary brown desk into a playful and cheerful piece of furniture. See picture below.
You can also just add a small pop of green to furniture, instead of painting the whole thing. Consider just painting the face of the drawers, and only changing the hardware.
Wake up a traditional wood headboard with a happy splash of color for a guest room or a kid’s room (below). You can get a similar look by using Sherwin Williams Overt Green (SW6718) for the headboard and Benjamin Moore Moonshine (2140-60) for the walls.
If you have a room with lots of neutrals, like grays or whites, add a few bright green throw pillows or cushions and throws. A green chair can easily be added (and in a very budget-friendly way) by switching out the cushions. See below:
Another way to add a fun pop of green is to paint your front door green! You’ll enter the house with a fresh burst of energy. See below.
My Decorating Tips for Selecting Green Decor
Decorating with green is easy! I think textured accessories and accents best capture the freshness of the green color. The easiest way to add green decor is to get a lush green plant with a stylish vase. Try simple purple glass vases to create a feeling of lightness in the room and magical reflections. You could also use a shiny purple planter for your plants to highlight the natural texture of the greenery. I think pairing apple green with orange and lime colors looks lovely. See below.
I think pairing apple green with orange and lime colors looks fresh and uplifting.
Bold Green Decorating Ideas
Green lends itself best to “Hollywood Regency” style. Hollywood Regency style is attributed to Dorothy Draper and is my source of inspiration for decorating with green. Dorothy Draper was to decorating, ” says interior designer Carleton Varney, “what Chanel was to fashion. The woman was a genius; there’d be no professional decorating business without her.” Draper liked a room to have a statement piece, and the “España” chest, pictured below has been a staple of classic decorating ever since she designed it.
Combining green and gold is the perfect way to capture Hollywood Regency style, and gold is an excellent accent color for green.
Another great way to decorate with green and to tap into the Hollywood Regency style is to upholster a chair with a charming green print. I recommend using different fabrics with similar hues for the front and the back. Try a pattern and a solid, like this chair below:
Tips for Green Walls
Whether you opt for a green accent wall or a green wall, green looks great on a large scale! A green accent wall can liven up your workspace or add some spice and style to your living room. With a versatile color like green, you can even do both at the same time! Why not wake up in a rainforest, ready for all the adventures of the day. Wallpaper the inside, or outside, of a bookcase and then play with different shades of green for the walls and furniture fabric to get this look. See below.
Create an inspiring bright green spot for a workspace breaking away from the urban trance and connect yourself with nature. See below.
Do you like green colors or patterns? Have you ever tried to use them? Tell me how and share pictures.
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