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Green Color Guide: Defining and Decorating with this Refreshing Hue

Here’s how to decorate with green – no matter if you’re home renovating or just want to add a bit of refreshment to your space.

What Does the Color Green Mean?

Green is a predominant color in the natural world; found in almost every type of plant, from bushes to trees to flowers and pastures, green marks growth, life and fertility. For these reasons, green is one of the easiest ways to incorporate nature (and the fresh, energizing feelings associated with it) into industrial, home and other non-natural environments.

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Decorating with Green

If you’re looking to freshen up your space with green decor, you can’t get any fresher than with live indoor plants – but the care and maintenance involved with them is not the most practical decorative solution for busy households.

Instead of incorporating fresh foliage into every corner that needs a little splash of green, opt for a balance with green home decor and furniture.

It’s Pretty Easy Being Green (Decor, that Is)

Green rugs, furniture and decor come in a variety of shades from mint to emerald, but don’t let that intimidate you from styling with it. The key to unlocking the calming and refreshing properties of green is to choose one shade of green – and one other defining color to go with it. Green and white, green and grey, and green and brown are all color combinations that will bring out the peaceful vibes of green.

Establishing a Green Color Palette

Love the electric fuel that comes from a pop of lime green, but can’t bear to part from the refreshing ambiance of apple green? If you find yourself attached to multiple shades of green decor, you don’t have to choose one over the other; just make sure to follow the ‘dark to light’ rule; start with the darkest shade of green at the bottom of your room (think rugs and floor decor) – and go lighter as you work your way up.

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Green Living Rooms - Get Inspired!

  • The Green and White Living Room

As warm weather color combos go, green and white could not be more fresh or more classic for green combination living rooms. On the one hand, green has seen an uptick in popularity since “Greenery” was named Pantone Color of the Year a few years ago. On the other hand, the two hues are timeless together and evoke an appreciation of the outdoors and a love of natural beauty. You can take this color palette tropical or rustic, bold or understated, casual or formal. The possibilities are endless and so is the style potential for your home.

Go Big: Green in Large Doses

If you’re seriously committed to going green in your home, there are plenty of ways to make a big and bold statement. Painting an accent wall - even an entire room - is one way to transform your space in grand fashion. You can also find large-scale furniture pieces or expansive rugs in shades of green. Just be sure to sprinkle in a few white items to keep this color combo going strong.

Play it Safe: White in Large Doses

Using white as your primary color may be more comfortable for you, especially if going big and bright is not your thing. Keeping your walls and foundation pieces neutral is key and will probably come more naturally to you anyways. Luckily, green is a great accent color, which you can find in tons of decorative pieces. You can even use plants - real or faux - as a way to add life and vivacity to your home.

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