11 Surprising Ways to Decorate with Green
Timeless, versatile, and rooted firmly in nature, it’s never a bad idea to go with green.
Few colors wear as many hats, check as many boxes, or please a crowd the way that green can. It can transport you to the tropics or a misty forest, it can be safe or surprising, shocking or subtle as a whisper. “I think there is a timelessness about green, maybe because it reminds us of nature which is eternal,” says Los Angeles-based interior designer Taylor Jacobson. “It’s very soothing. And it pairs really well with the natural textures that I love to use in interiors, like wood, cane, rattan, and sisal.” From grass to pine, teal to mint, here are some of our favorite ways to play with green.
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Cover an Accent Wall with Cheery Flowers
Taylor Jacobson paired a floral wallpaper in a leafy colorway with a rattan chair and a gray painted day bed for this girl’s bedroom.
Pair Grass Green Walls with Gold, Camel, and Berry Tones
Interior Design firm Nickey Kehoe chose a vivid green Portola paint, inspired by the forests of Oregon, as the backdrop of this eccentric library (furnished with classics like a Chesterfield sofa and plaid upholstery) near Santa Barbara.
Have Some Fun with Color and Pattern
Skip a remodel and freshen a powder room with statement wallpaper, like Miami from Cole & Sons. Interiors by Taylor Jacobson.
Let It Take Center Stage in a Neutral Room
Matching emerald velvet sofas from Lulu and Georgia make a big, clutter-free impact in a serene living room.
Try a Mix of Green Tiles
Heath tile, in two shades of glossy and matte sea green, has natural color variation that gives this bathroom textural depth.
Go High with a Grouping of Pendant Lamps
Ceramic pendant lights in shades of moss and teal add a pop of color in a neutral kitchen.
Upgrade Kitchen Cabinets with Earthy Moss-Colored Paint
Green kitchen cabinets are an eternally stylish choice—and look right in nearly every style of house. Take a page from DISC interiors and give it an old-world look with brass hardware and unpainted wood drawer pulls or open shelves.
Refresh an Heirloom
A second-hand bed gets a new attitude thanks to a few coats of grass green lacquer.
Take a Big Swing with Patterned Tile
San Francisco-based Clé Tile partnered with Eskayel, a textile and wallpaper company known for its beautiful abstract prints, to create a line of delicately patterned cement tile.
Play It Cool in a Small Sitting Area
Seattle-based interior designer Heidi Callier chose a pale sea-green for this clever seating area, with a built-in sofa and workspace. Callier tossed in throw pillows with deeper complementary colors, like indigo and plum.