How To Use Dark Green in Your Living Room

One of my favourite colour combinations has to be dark green and gold. I love the richness of these colours and always dreamed of having Dark Jade bridesmaids’ dresses with gold accessories for my wedding (that was until I met Mr B and we had a shotgun wedding 4 months later in a Gin Distillery with no bridesmaids and plenty of Gin, but that’s another story!)

Green & Gold Living Room Inspo - all links below, just click on image!

Green & Gold Living Room Inspo - all links below, just click on image!

Probably the most commented and talked about wall in my house has to be my dark green wall in my living room. The Blue Jade paint by Valspar gets more comments than I’ve had hot dinners (and believe me, I eat a LOT!) and if I had been paid commission for every time I told someone what the colour was, I would have gone offline and booked a round the world cruise by now and paid Ryan Gosling to come with me (sorry Mr B! 😊) . It such a strikingly beautiful colour and one that I would happily use in every room, if I had the budget to change all my furniture and accessories! Although, saying that, it does pretty much go with everything.

A very autumnal looking living room - this was taken in October, obviously! :)

A very autumnal looking living room - this was taken in October, obviously! :)

Let’s go back to the Living Room beginning shall we? When we moved into our house, the Living Room was a bright yellow, with green and white curtains and wooden furniture. I get why they decided on the yellow, it brought out the colour in the Sunflowers on the tile surround of the fireplace, but it was just a bit much for me. Also, the walls were crumbling and had holes in it, so we had to get the room replastered and start again. Our builders did a superb job and when they finished replastering, they asked what colour we wanted it painted and immediately I said white.

Like living on the actual Sun

Like living on the actual Sun

I was rather pleased with my brown and devoid of character living room. I think I was quite devoid of character back then as well :)

I was rather pleased with my brown and devoid of character living room. I think I was quite devoid of character back then as well :)

Brown, brown and more brown

Brown, brown and more brown

Our sofa used to be part of a corner sofa! And to think I used to post this view on Instagram!

Our sofa used to be part of a corner sofa! And to think I used to post this view on Instagram!

Looks like student digs. Hell, no! Student digs would have more style ;)

Looks like student digs. Hell, no! Student digs would have more style ;)

I had literally whitewashed my whole house without a spot of colour in there and that was how I was going to keep it. I think I was a little afraid of colour at this point, until one day I saw this photo on Instagram…

The most beautiful green and mid century furniture with wicker accessories -  @susiebrown

The most beautiful green and mid century furniture with wicker accessories - @susiebrown

At this point in my life, I didn’t know how much I loved the colour Emerald or Jade green and suddenly I became obsessed with it. I had already found a mid-century chest of drawers in a charity shop for £25 which we were using as a TV unit and I knew they’d look perfect together.

My lovely little walnut effect chest of drawers picked up for £25! This fern now lives in our kitchen and is an absolute beast

My lovely little walnut effect chest of drawers picked up for £25! This fern now lives in our kitchen and is an absolute beast

The hardest part was trying to find the right colour green for the living room and boy! I didn’t know how many green paint choices that were out there. I wanted something that was deep and rich and was a good contrast to my furniture. In the end, it took me nearly 6 months to choose the paint and I went with Blue Jade by Valspar. I was also torn between painting an accent wall and painting the whole room. Our living room is west facing, but is always quite dark as we have tall trees and bushes in the front garden blocking out a lot of light so I decided to go with an accent wall to begin with and see how we got on with it.

Duck tape on, borders painted in Blue Jade by  Valspar

Duck tape on, borders painted in Blue Jade by Valspar

Stunning Colour

Stunning Colour

Waiting for it to dry before applying another coat

Waiting for it to dry before applying another coat

Attempting to style different colour and textures with the green - Butterfly art by  The Curious Department

Attempting to style different colour and textures with the green - Butterfly art by The Curious Department

One of my first pictures of the dark green wall on my Instagram page

One of my first pictures of the dark green wall on my Instagram page

Once I had finished painting the accent wall, I knew that I didn’t need to paint the whole room, but to add splashes of green and gold throughout bringing the whole room together. The first thing we had to decide on, was what rug to use on the floor. The trend at the time was the infamous monochrome “La Redoute Rug” and I purchased this in the sale which fitted in perfectly with the green wall.

The  La Redoute rug  - freshly laid out and still not quite flat

The La Redoute rug - freshly laid out and still not quite flat

Next, I needed to decide what furniture to use in the living room that went with the green wall and walnut TV unit. I was really drawn to the industrial style shelving units and coffee tables so we bought some shelves from Maisons Du Monde and the parquet style coffee table from La Redoute. I needed to hang something above the fireplace and I’ve always liked mirrors in the living room, especially when it’s quite a dark space like this room, as it reflects more light. I found our nonagon mirror in a charity shop for £3 and spray painted it gold.

Nine sided mirror, parquet coffee table from  La Redoute , seagrass baskets from  Ikea  and shelving from  Maisons Du Monde

Nine sided mirror, parquet coffee table from La Redoute, seagrass baskets from Ikea and shelving from Maisons Du Monde

I love how the industrial shelves and gold details look against this dark green wall

I love how the industrial shelves and gold details look against this dark green wall

I think I knew when I painted the green wall that I would probably keep it as an accent wall as it was such a rich colour, but I had to decide what to do with the wall opposite. I’ve always loved gallery walls so I found different pieces of art that picked out the colours of the room, mainly green, gold and yellow and tried to not make it too over curated. I also found a few monochrome prints as I liked how this tied the La Redoute rug into the gallery scheme. I was also lucky enough to find some cushions from Fox & Ivy at Tesco to match the green wall perfectly, tying in the soft furnishings on my old brown sofa.

The start of an ever evolving gallery wall

The start of an ever evolving gallery wall

I always knew we would eventually replace the sofa as it was too brown, bulky and looked ridiculous as two separate pieces, so I was very lucky when sofa.com offered me a new sofa. Without a second thought, I ordered a green velvet sofa as this would be the icing on the dark green living room cake and was extremely happy when it turned up. It really did pull the whole room together and looked fabulous with the gallery wall. Dark green also looks amazing against wood, be that wood flooring, furniture or doors and I couldn’t decide whether to keep the monochrome rug or the bare wooden floors (the rug won out eventually, especially in winter! I love wooden floors, but they do make a room feel cold).

Green, gold and wooden tones looking splendid together - sofa from  sofa.com

Green, gold and wooden tones looking splendid together - sofa from sofa.com

The rug is back down, but this sofa is a perfect partner to my green wall!

The rug is back down, but this sofa is a perfect partner to my green wall!

One of the last additions to the room was a gold bar cart that I found in a charity shop for £15. I upcycled it with tropical wallpaper from Wilko’s and found a few gold candles and ornaments which provided a good contrast against the green wall. I then added some botanical and floral prints above the bar cart, plenty of plants and the important stuff, alcohol! No longer did I have to leave my velvet sofa to get a top up, I could just wheel the trolley over to me and never have it more than an arm’s length away! Chin chin.

My £15 gold bar cart from a charity shop! The shop assistant was quite surprised when I was adamant I wanted it, but I reckon they’re the next big thing! :) Prints from  Desenio

My £15 gold bar cart from a charity shop! The shop assistant was quite surprised when I was adamant I wanted it, but I reckon they’re the next big thing! :) Prints from Desenio

So, there you have it, a very long-winded description on how to use green in your living room! I still think painting this wall dark green is one of the best decisions I’ve made since we’ve renovated our house. “What colour and make is that green?” is probably the most asked question I get on Instagram so I thought I’d write a post on it. Hope you took some inspiration away from this post 😊

Mel x