You cannot go wrong with using green in your home and I will challenge anyone to a duel who says otherwise!
If you take a look around your home, you will probably see green already there.
That spider plant sitting all lonely on a shelf? Green. The glimpse of your garden through your bifold windows? Green. You probably already know how to use green in interior design!
Any blog post I have ever written that includes green in them, whether that be green paint colour, sage green bedrooms or garden posts, people have always gone crazy for them!
Green has always been my favourite colour.
It is extremely versatile, goes with pretty much every colour on the spectrum and most importantly, it helps to connect you with nature and bring the outside in.
Depending on the shade you use, it can have an extremely calming effect in a room, it can act as a fabulous neutral or it can be dramatic and provide a vibrant background in your home.
It is the perfect colour to represent nature and the natural world and is often associated with tranquillity, good luck, optimism, health and money.
But it can also represent envy and jealousy – hence the phrase “turning green with envy”.
How to use green in interior design
If you want to bring more colour into your home, but don’t know where to start, I think green is the perfect colour.
You don’t have to go over the top with it and paint a whole room, you can start with soft furnishing, plants and ornaments which can easily be changed.
Plants – the perfect place to start
You can start by bringing in small and easy-to-look-after plants to bring a pop of colour into a room.
Start with a Mother-In-Laws tongue or spider plant which are more or less impossible to kill.
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If looking after plants is a step too far, try faux plants.
There are plenty of homeware stores and shops that now sell them and we have definitely moved on from the plastic-looking faux plant looking sorry for itself in an office corner.
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Green Soft furnishings
It doesn’t really matter what colour your living room is already, or what shade your sofa is, green will effortlessly fit into your décor.
Soft furnishings are the easiest way to add colour to a room without moving away from an overall neutral palette.
Introduce cushions that have a splash of green in them, or try out throws, curtains, lampshades and rugs.
Ornaments and Artwork
Not ready to commit to changing your soft furnishings?
What about bringing ornaments or art pieces into a room to give you a pop of green?
I think my love of green in the home always started with plants, but it wasn’t until I bought a large abstract print for the living room that my obsession with the colour grew.
As you all probably know, I absolutely love wallpaper!
Wallpaper designs and choices have really evolved over the last couple of years and there is something for everyone.
Wallpaper is the perfect way to introduce a bold print into your home and keeping the base colour green, will help create a wonderful natural theme. A brilliant way how to use green in interior design.
I love jungle, woodland and floral wallpapers. They can be extremely dramatic and effective and it is easy to keep the rest of the room quite neutral so they can take centre stage.
Sage green bedrooms are calming and work for boys, girls and adults!
Green paint colour
After I bought the below abstract print, I started entertaining the idea of using a green paint colour.
I think this has been one of the most difficult colour choices I’ve had to make when decorating a room and it took me almost 6 months to settle on a colour.
There are so many green paint colours to choose from, it can be slightly overwhelming, and not to mention the choice of eggshell vs satin sheen.[mailerlite_f form_id=7]
The beauty of green, however, is that there are so many different shades to choose from, each shade can create a completely different ambience in a room.
Lighter shades like Sage and Olive are perfect for larger rooms like kitchens and living rooms.
Creating a sage green bedroom can have a positive impact.
It is a beautiful earth tone which can bring tranquillity and peace to a room and make you feel relaxed.
It is also the perfect colour if you don’t want to stray too far away from neutral shades.
Sage green kitchens are currently having a moment and I can see why!
Mid tones like Aquamarine and Grass Green are still wonderfully relaxing tones which can be used in the bedroom, living room or office space.
These colours are closely connected to nature in the form of the sea or sky and can provide a Spa-like environment to your home.
Dark shades are extremely dramatic and by far my favourite shades of green.
Emerald, Jade, Dark Teal and Forest are fabulous backdrops in any room and one of the best paint colours for a bedroom.
These green paint colours also work well in bathrooms and offices, especially when they are mixed with dark mahogany or walnut wood
These dark green paint colours tend to represent ambition and wealth so can be inspiring and motivating, but I also think they have the ability to be calming and encompassing too!
We had dark green paint colour in our living room and it was such a rich, velvety colour it enveloped you during the day and became extremely cosy and inviting at night.
Finally, if you don’t fancy painting or wallpapering a room, but want to take a step further than introducing green in the form of art and ornaments, how about bringing in some green furniture?
You can still keep your décor relatively neutral, the green will provide a pop of colour and become a real statement piece in any room.
Green velvet sofas are immensely popular and definitely provide a wow factor, but there are plenty of other wonderful pieces of furniture that you can add to your home.
You can try a green statement chair, or a large velvet headboard or maybe try and upcycle a wooden piece of furniture by painting it a rich teal colour.
Paint your furniture!
This leads me onto painting your furniture!
Sage green kitchens have seen an insurgence over the last couple of years and you don’t have to go out and buy a new kitchen!
There are a huge number of products to choose from when it comes to painting your kitchen cabinets and it can completely transform your kitchen and give it a new lease of life.
Any green paint colour will work.
You can also paint your hardware green instead of painting your walls.
Leave the walls neutral and give your skirting boards and doors a fresh look by painting them in a contrasting shade.
Well, I’m all greened out! Haha, only kidding.
I can never get enough of the colour green. I think it is such a calming, natural and happy colour it will easily fit into any home décor style.
Where will you use it in your home?
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Great blog just what I was looking for as, thinking of doing our me living room a teal colour. It’s quite a big room for a new build and has easy facing window and west facing French Doors. Not sure whether to do the whole room teal or certain walls, your advice would be appreciated. Also what cokour was the green in your old living room please? It is gorgeous
I think when you are using a bold colour, you either have to paint a feature wall or go for the whole room! I painted a feature wall first to see if I liked it and decided that I didn’t want to paint the whole room as I thought it would make it too dark. The green I used is Blue Jade by Valspar
Hello, I’m not sure if you can help me. I love your work!
I wanted to paint my bed frame (velvet) with annie sloan chalk paint. Is this possible and do you have a favourite of the greens?
Is your bed frame velvet? Anything is possible… 🙂
Melanie, I love this fabulous green post. I’m going to share it on my blog in a green spring inspiration post this week.
Thank you 🙂