Our Top Green Decorating Ideas

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So far in the color series,

we've covered how to decorate with yellow...

This week,

right after St. Patrick's Day weekend,

we're digging into one of my favorite colors...



green decorating ideasIf you haven't gathered from the mood board inspirations recently,

I'm a HUGE fan of the outdoors

and I love bringing nature inside.


Clouds at the tip top of the forrest. Gorgeous mountain shot via Tumblr.

Green is the color of forests,

fields of grass,

rolling hills,


and flower stems.

green decor

Green has so many different shades,

it can give a room a variety of moods.

Overall, though,

green is calm and happy,

serene and exciting!


Peach-faced love bird Amazing World:

(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?

What colors should I pair with my mint green walls?!

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

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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!

green color palette

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...


These green glass pieces will put your kitchen shelves and cupboards in mint condition.:

Mint Green, 

a pastel choice that works well with

feminine spaces,

the English cottage style,

and shabby chic decor!

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Lime Green, 

which works especially well in pops of color

in contemporary

and eclectic spaces.

Lime green works much like yellow!

This gorgeous green-and-white bathroom is a preppy dream! Two mirrors and a double vanity make it easy for a pair of people to prepare for their day. Farmhouse-style fixtures light up the space, while a blue-and-white throw rug provides a bright contrast to the kelly green cabinets and accents.:

Kelly Green, 

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!

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Olive Green, 

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

is gold!

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!

Mint, Black and White Nursery with Triangle Accent Wall - so on-trend and darling!:



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!

mint color wedding cake idea; via Design Pursuit:



My personal favorite color to pair with mint green is grey.

Both colors are cool,


and muted,

and together, they create such a light

simplistic feel.

The living room below is so delicate and bright!

Minty details, munt kleurige gordijnen en dekentjes. Het vaasje als decoratie ook in munt kleur maakt het een fris geheel:


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

and together,

they create something modern and exciting!

kelly green mixed rib knit sweater with cobalt blue track pants:



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.


Cheery green cupboards set this kitchen apart.:


Or, you could go back to bold and beautiful

by pairing kelly green

with black and white.

This pairing is modern,


and surprisingly awesome!


desire to inspire - desiretoinspire.net - Black and white and green ... love the green bentwood chairs, wood table base and black walls:



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!

Green Bedrooms

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!

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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.

Vintage Boy's Room:

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!

Love the nautical/seaside inspired colour scheme! For low wooden beds and stripey bedding try: www.naturalbedcompany.co.uk:

This minimalist room has little pops of sage green

in the rug,

throw blanket,

and bed linens.

The green here is used very sparingly,

but still so effectively

to create a modern and relaxed space.

Lime green and turquoise bedroom. Teen girls bedroom ideas! Love this:

And I had to choose something was was totally

NOT relaxed...

This vibrant teen's bedroom

uses a combination of lime green and turquoise

to create a fun, youthful atmosphere!


Green Kitchens

Green is also a great color for kitchens!

(Let's be real, it's great for all rooms.)


Liven up a small galley kitchen, like this one, which was featured in Domino, with kelly green paint and bright white and black accents.:

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.

love this mint green with kelly green and emerald and the plate rack.:

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 and white color scheme, which makes it feel light and airy #kitchen #kitchenidea http://www.cleanerscambridge.com/:

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.


White cabinets, dark counters, green backsplash:

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.

The green overdyed rug

is elegant and modern in the space

and compliments the green accents.

velvet, emerald-hued Sabine sofa is the perfect anchor for this San Francisco home.:

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!

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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

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This dark green is so great for the walls above!

I love that the designers have paired the green with bright accents and browns.

Bringing greenery into the work space!:

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!

Modernica Case Study Fiberglass Shell Chairs in Jadeite with Dowel Base:

Mint green dining room chairs!

Other Green Decor Ideas

The Urban Grow Terrarium:

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.

green nursery

This bright green above is a great color for a happy nursery!

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And last but not least,

I just had to include the photo above

because it's just so pretty!

Key Takeaways

  • What are the different shades of green?
  • How do you decorate with green?
  • What colors look best with green?
  • How do you decorate with mint green?
  • How do you decorate with Kelly green?

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