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The Green Room: Using Greens in Home Décor

Updated on September 22, 2014
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Chazz is an Interior Decorator/Consultant/Retailer, amateur photographer, cook, gardener, handyman, currently restoring an 1880 Victorian.

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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

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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.)

Ellis Curtain Cranwell Open Vine 50-Inch by 63-Inch 3-In-1 Tailored Panel, Green
Ellis Curtain Cranwell Open Vine 50-Inch by 63-Inch 3-In-1 Tailored Panel, Green

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

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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.

Why 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.

Postcard from 1910 showing Green Wallpapers on walls and ceiling with green area rug.
Postcard from 1910 showing Green Wallpapers on walls and ceiling with green area rug. | Source

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.

Green wallpapers from Clarence House, Lee Jofa, William Morris, Thomas Strahan and Others. Available at RestorationFabricsandTrims.com and
Green wallpapers from Clarence House, Lee Jofa, William Morris, Thomas Strahan and Others. Available at RestorationFabricsandTrims.com and | Source

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?

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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    • A-Marie 4 years ago

      My living room and kitchen is green.

    • JustOneGuy 5 years ago

      Yes, a very light green. About 2 shades lighter than the Y in ebay (shown above). And since that is an infinte spectrum, my description doesn't mean much, does it. How about the color you'd get if you took the color of new growth on a pine tree, added it to the color of the Y in "ebaY" and divided by two. My wife did it (the room). She could tell you. Great lens, by the way. You write very nicely. And the work you've put into this lens is awesome.

    • LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I used to have green bedcover and curtains, matching my cream bed-room set. It was really nice and relaxing.

    • GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

      Yes, my bedroom is predominantly green and I have a bold, dark wonderful green wall in my kitchen.

    • CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Yes- I have three green rooms... very soft pale green, including my office and the guest room. The other room is supposed to be a smaller guest room, but it isn't quite there yet. I love green!

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      • capriht 4 years ago

        No, but I don't mind the color...

      • KateH2 4 years ago

        Our kitchen is white and oak with lime green accessories and I am thinking of having green as our accent colour in the bathroom when we re-decorate as the blue we have now is too cold...

      • Kristin 5 years ago from Long Beach, CA

        Not right now, but in my old house, my son's room was green.

      • ColorPetGifts 5 years ago

        No, we live in subsidized housing with it's classic gray walls. The carpets, however, are new and they are indeed a lovely sage green.

      • Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

        I prefer blue and have lenses to prove it, LOL, but I do love green touches in every room, especially plants which I have everywhere:)

      Green Accessories for Every Room in Your Home

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      Montage of Decorative Green Accessories by ChezChazz

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          Prescriptiondrugrehab 4 years ago

          Good ideas for green décor. I like green décor for the kitchen!

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          Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I like green but my husband like forest green and our latest kitchen is in a faded green and it worked so well.

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          katiecolette 4 years ago

          Great green room décor ideas here :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Outstanding lens. Obviously a lot of work.

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          getmoreinfo 4 years ago

          I like these ideas for Using Greens in Home Décor

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          nickybutler 4 years ago

          Another well researched, well laid out, beautiful lens with plenty of fabulous ideas! Thanks for sharing some green-theme inspiration :)

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          Cbear53 5 years ago

          Green is my favorite color and may of my rooms are in green or have green accents. After reading this information, I have purchased wallpaper and fabric from Old House Interiors and Restoration Fabrics & Trims and am very pleased with the product and the service. They are very forthcoming with decorating advice and a pleasure with whom to do business...not easy t find in this day of internet selling and communication. I highly recommend them.

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          JustOneGuy 5 years ago

          I am in awe of the work you've put into this. Beautifully written, researched and presented.

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          RinchenChodron 5 years ago

          I do love green rooms! Great job on this lens. I've re-pinned it.

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          LouisaDembul 5 years ago

          Green is a very good color for home décor, I do like it. Must decide what to do next- a green office or a green bathroom?

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          ColorPetGifts 5 years ago

          Lovely lens about "the green room" - I am going to feature on I love vintage green, many thanks :)

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          GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

          I love this! Well, I love green, so of course I love this. I did one on green kitchens and I think it's great that you just took it through the whole house! Nicely done!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Oh what great examples here! I did my office in a moss green and love it. Thanks for sharing this.

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          Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

          This might be just the color scheme I want for the book room in my house. I'm using a golf theme in there now, so green would help carry out that idea.

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          Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          Beautiful lens with some great green merchandise! I'll stick to living green things, and blue everywhere else:)

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          CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

          Yep. I'm part of that 15% - well some days. Other days, my favorite color is Caribbean Blue. Oh my, both are lovely

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          sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

          i love green. your green decorating page gives me some new ideas and thank you for the decorating tips.

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          TapIn2U 5 years ago

          I love the color green and most of the people I knew loves green too! Brings out the color of nature. Sundae ;-)

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          Chazz 5 years ago from New York

          @Joanna14: Lucky you! I've always wanted a conservatory but have never lived anywhere that was a feasible option. Enjoy it!

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          Christine Hulme 5 years ago from SE Kent, England

          I like green in our conservatory. It makes me feel as if I am sitting outside on days when it is sunny and warm inside, but too cold to go outdoors.

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