20 ways to decorate with green

Go green at home with these fun ideas for decorating with the versatile color

Common denominator

Thomas J. Story

Common denominator

When it comes to displaying your art, diverse mediums and frames are brought to together by a single, shared wall color.

Garden under glass

Garden under glass

Decorative terrariums are hotter––and easier––than ever. Create your own tabletop garden in 30 minutes or less and add a touch of green to any space.

 

Bathroom mosaic

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Bathroom mosaic

In this small bathroom, a shower enclosed in green glass tiles adds a vibrant pop of color against the pale mint wall and earthy wood door.

Shades of green

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Shades of green

Three iterations of one color is an easy way to get an interesting palette. Here, fern green wallpaper, a lime nightstand, and chartreuse armchair need only the neutral linen of the bed to feel complete. Choose shades different enough to not look like a poor attempt at matching. Look for colors that share undertones. In this case, they all share yellow undertones.

 

Highlighting the unexpected

Highlighting the unexpected

A dose of lime green freshens the breakfast bar, shows off the shapely bar stools, and links to green walls and cabinets elsewhere in the kitchen.

Strong colors subdued

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Strong colors subdued

Saturated green cabinet doors play well with other primary-strength colors, all tempered by cool white and small hits of black.

 

Boldly retro

Boldly retro

This vintage tub and eye-opening tilework reflect a retro style. Vivid green and turquoise subway tiles echo this spirit.

Bright combinations

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Bright combinations

Don't be afraid to experiment with surprising color combos, such as the blue and chartreuse color story of the mantle. The lesson is about carrying a palette throughout a room, so that daring choices and unusual combinations look intentional, not misguided.

Seaglass hues

David Fenton

Seaglass hues

Turquoise and green accessories play off neutral paints and bare wood in a nod to the shore.

Keeping it cool

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Keeping it cool

Shades of green are used to calm down warmer colors in this home office. The light sage on the walls does the trick, with the hue on the maps adding a bolder punch.

Exclamation point

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Exclamation point

Adding an offbeat fixture can help redefine a space, as seen in this bathroom. Lush potted orchids (the plants thrive in moist, well-lit quarters) next to the sink add a dynamic finishing touch.

Texture play

Texture play

Heath tile, in two shades of glossy and matte sea green, has natural color variation that gives this bathroom textural depth.

Living art

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Living art

Channel the artist within: Plant and frame your own succulent garden for a living work of art.

 

 

Earthy style

Thayer Allyson Gowdy

Earthy style

Go green in multiple ways. A reclaimed or sustainable wood bedframe not only gives your bedroom an eco-friendly touch, while the green and brown bedding gives it a woodsy yet modern feel.

Sprinkle in an accent

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Sprinkle in an accent

Interspersing a few dozen glass tiles among less expensive white subway tiles saved the owners of this bathroom a considerable amount of money, while adding a chic smattering of color.

Reinvention

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Reinvention

This bed frame has been in the owners' family for decades. It's been painted many different colors over the years, but this iteration—a bright grass green—complements the cherry red stool and the washed-out colors of the pillows.

Unifying principle

Rob D. Brodman

Unifying principle

A smattering of sample-size paints in the same color family and precut black mats brings a wall of frames together.

Natural vibe

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Natural vibe

Creamy whites brighten the earth-toned Craftsman palette while greens keep it tied to nature. Cabinet paint is Acadia White #OC-38 (benjaminmoore.com); the island picks up the dining room’s Cleveland Green. In addition, glass tiles add subtle pops of color: Lucido in Coal, Ivory, and Chalk, plus Satinato in Papyrus (all from italics-stone.com). 

Harvest tableau

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Harvest tableau

Miniature striped green-and-yellow pumpkins join a trio of copper vases and a casual arrangement of red, orange, and yellow flowers. It's all about fall color―without a maple leaf or corncob in sight. 

Touches of nature

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Touches of nature

Earthy green upholstery com­bines beautifully with wood and stone.

 

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