Here and There a Bit of Green
Green, the wonderfully versatile wall color, is just as versatile used for furniture pieces and as an accent color in room decor. Accents in green can add a dash of color to a room, yet maintain a calm feel to the space
Greens ranging from bright yellow-green, celery green, or soft-bluish-green to the deep and cool emerald green are used in the room examples below. They show up in upholstered chairs or in an accent pillow or two. You’ll find green window coverings or hanging light fixtures. Dining chairs in various shades of green add their calming effect to dining rooms.
If you want to use green in your room décor, find the shade of green that is most appealing to you. But don’t forget, green colors can be mixed successfully.
Designed by Rafael de Cárdenas the walls of this eclectic dining room are covered in a green patterned vintage wallpaper from Secondhand Rose. The table and mirror are Gustavian style. The rug is by Madeline Weinrib. (Source: Elle Decor. Photo: William Waldron.)
Celery green in stripes and patterns cover the upholstered chairs and sofa in a living room designed by Samantha Lyman. (From Traditional Home. Photo: Werner Straube.)
A trumeau mirror hangs over the fireplace in the French-style living room above. Paired and facing sofas are upholstered in soft green. (From Better Homes & Gardens.)
A curved sofa in light green embraces the circular seating area in a contemporary living room by designer Frank Webb. The green is picked up in an accent pillow on the wing chair, and in the painting. (From Elle Decor. Photo: Tim Street-Porter.)
A sectional from Scandinavian Design is accented with two pillows, each with a light green centered motif. The pillows add just a touch of color to the otherwise neutral room scheme by designer Rebecca Ascher. (From Elle Decor. Photo: Roger Davies.)
Designer Jennifer Watty has created a warm and welcoming living room layered in oranges and greens. The silky pillow provides a soft green accent. (From Better Homes & Gardens.)
A cheerful sunroom by Kelly Proxmire (Kelly Interior Design) combines turquoise and apple green upholstered pieces.
In this fun and eclectic room a Louis XVI sofa and a 19th-century tufted chair are upholstered in pale bluish-green color that harmonizes with the pastel blue wall. The spunky, yet soothing room is by designer by Susan Forristal. The Oushak rug is from ABC Carpet & Home (shopping online available). (Photo: William Waldron.)
This eclectically designed living room, by Ernest de la Torre, has a mix of antiques including the green 1940s chandelier. (Photo: William Waldron.)
Designers Anne-Marie Midy and Jorge Almada employed shades in a vivid emerald green Tony Duquette cotton fabric for a punch of color in the parlor of a Brussels home. (Tony Duquette fabric at Jim Thompson.) (Photo: Simon Upton. This, and the previous two images, are from Elle Decor.)
Designed by Christopher Maya, this family room is accented with soft greens and blues for a calm and relaxing space. (From House Beautiful. Photo: John Gould Bessler.)
A banquette area with minty green accent pillows is modestly decked out for the Holidays. Designer: Brenda Eastman.
Roman shades in limey-green dress the bay windows of a sunny banquette area. (This and the previous image are from Traditional Home.)
Chairs composed of classic Eames fiberglass shells on wire-and-walnut bases surround the extra long dining table in an informal dining area. The chairs are from Modernica. The table and chandelier are from Big Daddy’s Antiques. (From Coastal Living at MyHomeIdeas. Photo: Lisa Romerein.)
Soft celery green draperies and London shades accent this lovely dining room with Gustavian antique chairs. (From Traditional Home.)
The study in the home of designer David Easton is accented with green upholstered pieces including a pair of matching chairs and matching stools. (From Architectural Digest. Photo: Roger Davies.)
Pillows in split-pea-green accent the tans and browns in the sleeping alcove of a Manhattan studio designed by Monte Coleman. (From Elle Decor. Photo: Joshua McHugh.)
A bedroom in neutral tones has a variety of accents in a variety of greens. (From Better Homes & Gardens.)
Designer Tom Scheerer created a country look for this guest bedroom with viny, leafy wallpaper in soft greens. (The wallpaper is Carleton V Adam’s Eden, which appears to be discontinued. Carlton V for selections and to-the-trade sources.) (From House Beautiful. Photo: Francesco Lagnese.)
Three green pendant lights in the white kitchen above provide a pop of color. The pendants, designed by Hector Finch, are from Global Lighting. Marion Philpotts Miller designed the kitchen. (From Traditional Home. Photo: Joe Schmeizeer.) (See my previous post for numerous pendant lighting ideas and sources.)
A country-style breakfast nook uses a green table and yellow striped banquette cushion for a cheerful look. (From Southern Living at MyHomeIdeas. Photo: Laurey W. Glenn.) See the medley below for a similar table.
Room Furnishings and Accessories in Green
I’ve compiled a selection of décor items in various shades of green.
1. Ella Crackle Glass Lamp from Maine Cottage. 2. Sari Pillow 100% cotton in Chartreuse from CB2. 3. Anda chair from Ligne Roset. 4. Marimekko Pienet Kivet Blue pillow for indoor or outdoor use from Crate&Barrel. 5. Lune Commode in Martini lacquer from Newell Design. 6. Devon Table Lamp in Green from Ballard Designs. 7. Cafe Colors Dining Chair in Guacamole Green from Shades of Light. 8. Linked Circles Garden Seat from Williams-Sonoma. 9. Links Key Lime Decorative Pillow from Pine Cone Hill. 10. Brinkley Green Pillow from Crate&Barrel. 11. Inga Dining Table in Celadon from Maine Cottage. 12. Mughal Garden Stool from Gump’s.
Enjoy Decorating with Accent Colors
You can add color to rooms in small amounts to break up the design of a space and to add interest. Color can show up in larger amounts in furnishings and window coverings, but also in smaller accents like small chairs, pillows, lamps or vases.
Links to publication sources: Architectural Digest. Better Homes & Gardens. Elle Decor. House Beautiful. MyHomeIdeas. Traditional Home.