So far in the color series,
we've covered how to decorate with yellow...
right after St. Patrick's Day weekend,
we're digging into one of my favorite colors...
If you haven't gathered from the mood board inspirations recently,
I'm a HUGE fan of the outdoors
and I love bringing nature inside.
Green is the color of forests,
fields of grass,
and flower stems.
Green has so many different shades,
it can give a room a variety of moods.
green is calm and happy,
serene and exciting!
(How cute are those little green birds?)
Green is the most natural color in the rainbow,
so if you're a fan of hiking,
being outside in the sun,
and enjoying the countryside,
green might just be for you!
Our Top Green Decorating Ideas
Wondering how to bring green into your home?
Looking for a particular shade of green?
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We've got all the answers
for decorating with green!
Myths...and Facts About Green
- To the pagans, green was a symbol of fertility.
- Traffic lights are green all around the world.
- In China, wearing a green hat tells people that your spouse is unfaithful.
- Green is a lucky color in many cultures... think shamrocks!
- There are more shades of green than any other color.
- According to the principles of Feng Shui, green eases absent-mindedness, nervousness, and rudeness.
- "Green with envy"
- Green is proven to be calming, stress relieving, and inspiring.
- Green is the color of the Heart Chakra
- The solid green flag of Libya is currently the only country's flag of a single color.
- Green was George Washington's favorite color.
- Green reminds of the environment!
Shades of Green
As I listed in the myths/facts above,
green actually has the most different shades of any color in the rainbow...
and it can be pretty difficult to choose which is your favorite!
I love mint green, chartreuse, and kelly green...
though I'm a firm believer that you can't go wrong when it comes to green!
I think it's telling that the majority of the names above relate to plant life...
from fruits and veggies like lime and pear
to herbs like basil and mint,
to animals like parakeet and crocodile...
there is nothing artificial about green!
The most popular greens to decorate with are...
a pastel choice that works well with
the English cottage style,
and shabby chic decor!
which works especially well in pops of color
and eclectic spaces.
a beautiful bold green that works best in bursts.
Kelly green is perfect for modern homes
if you're looking for a bold color choice
to repaint a dresser,
or an accent wall!
a more traditional green that works well as a neutral.
This darker, muted tone green
works well in larger doses!
Colors to Pair with Green
Since green is such a versatile color,
it has many different pairings that work beautifully!
For my color pairing examples,
I'll stick with two generic shades of green:
mint green and kelly green.
I'm purposefully choosing a light, soft green
and a darker bold green!
Colors to Pair with Mint Green
A great color to pair with mint green
for a fun, modern vibe
This warm metallic compliments the cool mint green perfectly,
creating a simple yet quirky look.
I love the modern nursery below
which uses mint green and gold
with a repeating triangle pattern on the wall.
Even though the gold is only used in small bits,
it is such a great accent color!
On the other hand,
if you want to create a light,
feminine feel with your mint green,
you can pair it with other pastels,
like a bright pink.
mint green and pink are bright, happy, and very very pretty!
The cake below is the epitome of classy and cute
because of the mint green and pink color combo!
My personal favorite color to pair with mint green is grey.
Both colors are cool,
and together, they create such a light
The living room below is so delicate and bright!
Colors to Pair with Kelly Green
Kelly green is a much bolder color choice.
Rather than remaining light and airy like the mint green combos,
the kelly green combos are bold and modern!
Pairing kelly green with cobalt or navy blue is a daring choice
which is utterly divine!
As you can see in the outfit below,
these colors have a similar bold quality
they create something modern and exciting!
If you want to tone down your kelly green
rather than liven it up even more,
a great way to do so is by pairing it with browns/woods.
As you can see in the beauitful kitchen below,
The bright kelly green is a lot more manageable in a space
when it is balanced with a complimenting color.
Or, you could go back to bold and beautiful
by pairing kelly green
with black and white.
This pairing is modern,
and surprisingly awesome!
GREEN DESIGN IDEAS
There are so many ways to use green in your home,
and we've brought together some of our favorite
green design ideas!
Bring leafy greens,
a hike through the woods,
and your favorite hilltop into your home!
Because green is such a serene color,
it is perfect for your bedroom!
Here are some examples of how you can decorate your bedroom using green
to create a relaxed sleeping space,
or a fun, vibrant room!
The room above uses an abundance of green!
This is a very relaxed space
because the light green on the walls
is very calm.
I really love the leafy bedding as well,
it literally brings the outdoors in!
(Not to mention the awesome plant in the corner.)
The room above is the perfect example of how to use green
to design a serene bedroom.
The room above is a little less serene,
but no less effective!
This room uses a kelly green on the walls
which gives it a youthful look.
The gallery wall looks very nice against the green backdrop,
and the designer chose great colors to compliment it!
This minimalist room has little pops of sage green
in the rug,
and bed linens.
The green here is used very sparingly,
but still so effectively
to create a modern and relaxed space.
And I had to choose something was was totally
This vibrant teen's bedroom
uses a combination of lime green and turquoise
to create a fun, youthful atmosphere!
Green is also a great color for kitchens!
(Let's be real, it's great for all rooms.)
Green can be effective in a modern, simplistic kitchen
like the one above.
These solid green walls,
paired with white cabinets and floating shelves,
create a beautiful backdrop for a creative culinary space.
Mint green cabinets,
like the ones above,
are a great idea for a shabby chic design.
Pastel cabinets in general
create a space that is feminine and bright.
Green backsplash is a great way to commit to green!
Paired with extremely simple cabinets
and a countertop of the same white,
the sea green backsplash above is gorgeous!
It looks great with the plants throughout the kitchen.
A lighter green backsplash,
like in the kitchen above,
is another beautiful example of how to incorporate green in your kitchen!
Green Living Rooms
The living room above
uses pops of green to create a serene space.
is elegant and modern in the space
and compliments the green accents.
I loooooovvveeee the green sofa in the eclectic space above.
To much of this dark green would make the room too dark,
but this room is thoroughly balanced by the white walls and bright accents.
I'm going to go ahead and plug my own design,
because why not!
I used dark greens above to design a nature-inspired living room.
Paring these green elements with a bright white or cream wall would make a beautiful space!
Another example of the great pairing
of mint green and grey!
This modern living room looks cool, hip, modern, and inviting!
I love the bright mint they've chosen for the walls!
Green Dining Rooms
This dark green is so great for the walls above!
I love that the designers have paired the green with bright accents and browns.
The greens in this office/dining space
are mostly in plant life,
and that's great!
I think bringing in color with plants is a perfect way to add life to a space!
Mint green dining room chairs!
Other Green Decor Ideas
Terrariums are small tanks filled with an indoor garden.
If you don't want to commit to an explosion of green,
a small terrarium is a great way to bring a little life into your space.
This bright green above is a great color for a happy nursery!
And last but not least,
I just had to include the photo above
because it's just so pretty!
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