The Green Room: Using Greens in Home Décor
Is your favorite color green?
About 15% of us claim green as our favorite color. From soft celeries to deep forest and hunter greens, taking a cue from nature has never been easier or more fun.
In addition to information about the psychology and history of the color green and its use in decorating, you'll find some carefully selected green decorating items included because of their interior decorating pizzazz, usefulness, scale, and flexibility -- as well as our personal experiences.
Color psychologists tell us that if green is your favorite color, you tend to be careful, notice details a lot of others miss, and enjoy helping others. You are a good parent and neighbor and tend to be honest, intelligent, and sometimes just a little bit too frank. You are also persistent -- when you start something, you finish it. So perhaps if you want to get that house painting finished, you should choose a shade of green to speed the process along?
Using Greens in Home Decorating: More than Bringing the Outside In
Green is the color of envy, luck, inexperience and, until recently (in the U.S. at least), money. It is also the color of life, health, nature, balance, and harmony - and the representative of the global movement to protect our environment.
Green is the easiest color on the eye and is calming and refreshing. People waiting to appear on TV talk shows sit in a "green room" because the color is relaxing. In the Middle Ages, brides wore green to symbolize fertility.
Green is considered a healing color and has multiple health benefits. Those working in a green (as in color, although the ecological meaning is also true) environment experience fewer health problems than those in non-green surroundings. Green is also said to bring peace of mind and to balance circulation and breathing.
Researchers have also found that green can even improve reading ability! (Some students may find that laying a transparent green film over a page can increase reading ability and skill.)
The human eye sees more shades of green than any other color. (No wonder it is so popular in home decorating palettes!) From bright lime to subtle sage there is a shade of green to suit every taste and a tasteful way to add your favorite green hues to your home.
Soothing Serene Greens for Your Bedroom - Which is Your Favorite Look?
Here are two of the most popular designer green comforters (duvets), comforter sets, and bedding ensembles available at Amazon.
Note that these items are available in full, full/queen, queen or king size. Some are also available in twin, california king, or other special sizes plus they are eligible for Free Shipping.
Is Green the new Black?
Green has recently been touted as the "new neutral" in home décor because, as Mother Nature has demonstrated by her lavish use of her seemingly favorite color, green goes with everything -- AND it makes us feel good.
Earthy, natural mossy greens are peaceful and relaxing, nurturing and relaxed, fresh as morning dew on blades of grass, cool as cucumber or a mint julep on a hot summer afternoon...ah, but I digress. Which is the point. It is almost impossible to not be fond of at least a few shades of green. From sophisticated spa tones to rich tuscan olives and the tertiary shades favored by the Victorians for home decorating, green is wide-ranging, versatile, and as subltle or strong as you want it to be.
Basic Green Window Dressing - And Professional Decorator Tips
To make your window treatments look like a custom-made decorator style, use two pair of panels per window for a fuller look. Ready-made window treatments are often too skimpy in single pairs.
Aim for at least 3 times the width of your window when measuring for draperies, curtains, and valences. Or add some trim to ready-made panels for one-of-kind decorating. (There are plenty of products available that you can use to do this with an iron if you don't want to sew it on.)
Other sizes available in this versatile (hangs three different ways) floral print.
If you prefer to make your own or have a custom treatment made-to-order, download one of our Restoration Fabrics & Trims Free Yardage Guides to help you determine how much fabric you'll need.
From delicate sheers and kitchen cafe curtains to thermal draperies, green fabric window treatments are an easy way to add your favorite color to any room in your house.
A Sampling of Green "Inspiration" Fabrics
Green DOES go with Everything - (It really is the new black)
Just a few selections to inspire a palette. You might also want to take a look at this page for tips on combining fabrics for more color combinations including shades of green.
From amazonite and asparagus to tropical and zen (spa) green, we see more shades and tones of greens than any other color.
While only about a hundred greens are considered "web-safe," (at most) we see a virtually infinite spectrum of greens.
Is it any wonder green is so popular in interior design and home decorating!
Doubly Green: Reupholstering Your Furniture Saves Trees
Don't ditch that old armchair! Save that sofa!
Reupholster your furniture to give it a fresh, new look. You'll save trees, dollars, and energy plus your furniture will have a new life.
Verdant Green Walls For Any and Every Room
Whether paint or wallpaper, green walls create a soothing, welcoming backdrop for any room. From bedroom to boardroom, greens are a popular choice.
From solids to textures, stripes to florals, plaids to prints, there are greens to suit every taste and budget.
Do you have a green room in your home?
From green painted walls or wallpaper to carpeting, window treatments, and accessories, do you have at least one room in your home that is predominantly a shade of green? Or do green tones turn you off?
Green Accessories for Every Room in Your Home
Do you have at least one green room in your house, apartment, trailer, or yurt?
Use any one or more of these great items to freshen up a single room or refresh the interior décor of your entire home. Lighting: Meyda Tiffany 25” high Green Turtleback Accent Lamp and 8.25"W Metro Fusion Green Pietre Wall Sconce from Art & Home. Other items shown are a Green Bone Inlay Tray behind the 5-Piece Place Setting of Vietri Aladdin Flatware in Brilliant Green, Green Lauren Balloon Wine Glass by Skyros Designs, Apple Green Temple Jar, Gorgeous Green Phalaenopsis Flower Bowl, and Green Phalaenopsis Orchid Branch Bud Vase. All from Belle and June.
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