Decorating with… Green!

By Kate Riley August 27, 2013

The Color Series continues today with a peek at the verdant shade of green, one I always refer to as “seasonless” because this hue works well inside and out and all year round, in winter, spring, summer, and fall. The color is found in what we see when we look outside each day, from the leaves on every botanical to moss covered trees to rolling grass covered hills to deep green forests.

Green paint is available in countless shades as anyone knows from visiting the paint store. It’s a color that can communicate whatever a designer or homeowner wants depending on the lightness or darkness or saturation selected.

celedon green walls ikea

green painted backs to built in bookcases

livet hemma / tobi fairley

Pale shades like celedon or celery are light and airy, less saturated hues like sage are subtle and play the role of a neutral. Brighter lime or chartreuse greens always pack a punch while mint or seafoam greens brighten and cheer. Dramatic and deeper jade and olive introduce drama, while vivid emerald and Kelly add an dash of modern chic.

minty green walls katie rosenfeld

green walls house beautiful

jade green walls

katie rosenfeld / house beautiful / vtwonen mag /


Green is a perfect choice in kitchens and laundry rooms with white or wood cabinetry. Consider introducing it with paint, tile, or in less permanent ways with home accents.

seafoam green island bhg

green laundry room

green glass tile bhg

better homes & gardens / closetmaid / better homes & gardens


Looking to create a dramatic focal point? Green is a stylish choice when painting a piece of furniture such as a dresser or hutch or smaller accent – think about lime and Kelly greens and also jewel tone emerald – so fabulous!

green painted dresser


green painted dresser hunted interior

green china cabinet

green stools bhg

green dresser design sponge

decorpad / hunted interior / dimples & tangles / better homes & gardens / design*sponge

Green upholstered furniture is a commitment but a worthy one since green is universally appealing in interiors. Notice how when placed near windows, green upholstered furniture echoes the great outdoors beyond.

green velvet sofa bhg

green chairs  in dining room

green chairs and rug

better homes & gardens / dering hall / hgtv


Less can be more when it comes to home decor. Green silk or linen curtains against a dark or neutral backdrop say “look at me”, but choosing accent pillows or smaller accessories allows green to play a more changeable role.

green silk curtains

kay douglass veranda green curtains

green geometric wall panels bhg

neutral and green bedroom


r higgins Interiors/ kay douglass in veranda /better homes & gardens / samantha farjo / sara tuttle


What colors partner well with green?  All of them!!  Nature includes green in every bloom so we can too. colorful flowers


Find more green inspiration on my Color Inspiration board on Pinterest.

How have you decorated around the home with shades of green?

With paint, accessories, or simply with plants and fresh flowers?




  1. I LOVE GREEN!!! And I bring it in with plants indoors and boxwood topiaries!!! I really want it as an accent color in my new kitchen, just haven’t pulled things together yet.

  2. I TOTALLY agree! I just painted my living room green (like on your very first picture) because it goes with everything! It looks great any time of the year too. Thanks for re-assuring my choice :)

  3. Green will always be my favorite. It’s so light in the eyes and looks so cool and refreshing. My bedroom and kitchen were all painted green. :-D

  4. Loving the greens. Think that’s going to be a color we use next for a dresser we re do. So many choices. Have a couple drop front desks that will be painted with in white for the body and green for the inside of the drop front desk. Can’t wait!

  5. I’ve been decorating with green since I had my first apartment in 1979!

    Back then it was “grass”, the ’80s “seafoam”, ’90s “teal”, ’00s “moss” and now – in my new house – “pistachio”! I prefer the cooler greens – those with a bit of blue. I always say that green is the perfect neutral – what doesn’t go with green?!!!

    Thank you for such a lovely blog post today! Cynthia Crane, Artist Gardener and Animal Lover

  6. We have lots of green tones in our home – it seems to be a color that is so versatile. Calming and invigorating, warm and cool, trendy and classic. And it does bring the look of the outdoors inside.

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