How to Use Green in Interior Design for a Calm Home

You cannot go wrong with using green in your home and I will challenge anyone to a duel who says otherwise! The thing is, take a look around your home and 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.

how to use green in your home

Before my garden blogs starting stealing the stage (I am still somewhat surprised that anyone wants to read my blogs about my garden, seeing as I don’t know the slightest thing about gardening. Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone!), my most liked blog post was about using Dark Green in my living room. Maaaaan, you all enjoyed that blog post!

My old green living room. We loved this colour so much, I will probably use it again in our new house.

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.

Our downstairs bathroom in our old house was plain white. This Harley Green paint by Little Greene certainly provided a dramatic backdrop!

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”.

I think the only thing the green sofa has to be envious of here is the pink peonies!

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. I wrote about houseplants here.

My bathroom is always filled with plants. I find it very calming
Just a “few” plants in my living room

If looking after plants is a step to 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. I wrote about some of my favourite faux plant online stores here.

Faux plants can look like the real thing. Image credit: Little Buds

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, lamp shades and rugs.

A few of my favourite green things

Ornaments and Artwork

Not ready to commit to changing your soft furnishings? What about bringing ornaments or art pieces into a room. 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 for the colour grew.


As you all probably know, I absolutely love wallpaper! Wallpaper designs and choice have really evolved over the last couple of years and there is something for everyone now. Wallpaper is the perfect way to introduce a bold print into your home and by keeping the base colour green, it will help create a wonderful natural theme.

My Sons bedroom had jungle wallpaper from Rebel Walls

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.

Blissful by Komar
The perfect example of how green goes with everything! Glasshouse Flora Emerald wallpaper by Graham & Brown

Paint it!

After I bought the abstract print, I started entertaining the idea of painting a room green. 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.

We loved this colour so much, we will use it again in the new house

The beauty of green is that there are so many different shades to choose from, each shade can create a completely different ambience in a room.

Light shades like Sage and Olive are perfect for large rooms, kitchens and bathrooms. It is a beautifully earthish 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 to far away from neutral shades.

1. Botany Paint Graham & Brown | 2. Little Greene Aquamarine | 3. Santorini Martini Graham & Brown | 4. Sage Green Dulux Heritage | 5. Soft Fern Benjamin Moore | 6. Green 01 Lick | 7. Sage Neptune.
Sage Green – Dulux Heritage
Santorini Martini Graham & Brown

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.

1. Green 07 Lick | 2. Calke Green Farrow & Ball | 3. Thyme Fenwick & Tilbrook | 4. Hopper Little Greene | 5. Aquamarine Deep Little Greene | 6. Dalloway Rockett St George | 7. Grass Green Dulux Heritage | 8. Webster Green Benjamin Moore
Calke Green Farrow & Ball
Grass Green Dulux Heritage

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, but the best place to use them are the living room, bedroom and Office.

1. Emerald Dunelm | 2. Harley Green Little Greene | 3. Teal Ripple Dulux | 4. The Perfect Storm Fenwick & Tilbrook | 5. Tasmania Graham & Brown | 6. Lisa Basically Fenwick & Tilbrook | 7. Amalfi Coast Valspar
Tasmania Door Graham & Brown

These 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 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.

It was such a dramatic back drop


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 bring 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.

My Olive Bluebell sofa bed from always gets a lot of love.

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, a large velvet headboard or maybe try and upcycle a wooden piece of furniture by painting it a rich teal colour.

Our gorgeous new Green bed from
Our velvet chair in the bedroom

Paint your furniture!

Which leads me onto painting your furniture! 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 is 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.

Nat went from this….
To this! Image credit: @homeatvictoriaroad
Mel painted her kitchen cabinets in Rustoleum Leaplish. Image credit: @melanielissackinteriors

You can also paint your hardware in 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.

Caro has cleverly painted her skirting boards to match her island! Image credit:

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?

Mel x

how to use green in your home


  1. 28/09/2021 / 4:33 pm

    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

    • Melanie Boyden
      04/10/2021 / 12:15 pm

      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

  2. tamsin
    26/12/2021 / 5:12 pm

    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?
    Thank you!

    • Melanie Boyden
      05/01/2022 / 3:25 pm


      Is your bed frame velvet? Anything is possible… 🙂

  3. 20/02/2022 / 11:39 am

    Melanie, I love this fabulous green post. I’m going to share it on my blog in a green spring inspiration post this week.

    • Melanie Boyden
      21/02/2022 / 4:28 pm

      Thank you 🙂

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