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8 Ways to Use Green in Design

Although luck is a rare cause of effective design, I've compiled a list of 8 "verde" good uses for green in your home that are sure to leave you feeling fortunate. When it comes to incorporating color in general, you need to be sure you're committed to keeping it around for a while if it's a permanent way like paint or large furniture pieces. If color is something you get tired of easily, then stick to smaller pieces you can easily change out seasonally or in case you're bored of it.

Wall Paint or Wallpaper

Perhaps one of the most obvious and impactful ways to infuse green is through interior wall paint or wallpaper. With the right tone (a darker moody version of it) it can automatically add a richness, depth and even a historical feel to a space by applying it to an accent wall. If you're feeling adventurous, paint an entire bedroom or study to bring in some drama and edge. On the other hand, if you're feeling a bit skittish, start with a smaller space like the powder bath.

Lighting tip: brass fixtures were totally made for deep green paint or wallpaper.


Another option for bringing in this naturally beautiful color, is through furnishings. Keep in mind that the larger the piece, the bigger the commitment. The material that you choose can make a difference as well when it comes to the feeling it will bring. For example, green leather will create a historic and masculine feel while green velvet tends to give off a more feminine glam feel. Since green is a bold choice for furniture in general, you may consider going with a less bold material like linen, for instance. Either way, try to pair your green furniture with other pieces that will balance it instead of compete or pale in comparison.

Pattern tip: florals make for a great pairing for anything solid green.

Art & Accessories

If you're like me and enjoy earth tones over electric colors, then lean towards incorporating green through artwork and accessories. Some of my favorite options include landscapes showing green fields, mountains, or even abstract paintings. The smaller the accessory the more leeway you have on tone choices.

Color tip: sky blue goes great with grass green because they literally and naturally coincide.


Choosing green for window treatments is an instant way to add a library-feel to your space. Here you want to be especially sure to choose a quality material because green can easily come off cheap if it's not rich enough (in both tone and price point). An idea for keeping it balanced without being overwhelming, is to choose a white drape that has a visually light pattern of green.

Drapery tip: a double rod is a great way to add depth and gives the option to do sheers behind the main panels.


If you want to add an instant edge to perhaps match your own personality, you may consider green kitchen cabinetry. It will bring an eclectic and vintage look that will create a charming feel in your space. Go all out by painting them top to bottom or just paint the island for less dramatic commitment.

Built-in tip: stay away from anything too close to a lemon-lime green and instead lean towards a more grey-green to keep things classy.


A small, but mighty way to finish off a space is to add live greenery. Not only is it a good design practice, but I'm sure you've heard plants can be good for your home's air quality too.

If you're wanting an old-world look reach for the dark greens often found in ivies and topiaries. On the other hand, select brighter greens found in fern-type plants for a lighter and more airy feel in your space.

Plant tip: don't forget to consider the natural light your plant will need and that you keep it in reach for watering.

Exterior Paint

Last but not least, is going green in a big way by choosing it for your general exterior color. Not feeling it? Maybe a green front door or shutters is more your speed. It's a nice idea since it will automatically complement the nature surrounding your house. Again here, a more muddy-green palette is better suited for exteriors than anything near the sunny side of the color wheel.

Landscape tip: be intentional when it comes to your landscape blooms and verify it will complement your exterior palette by checking the color wheel, white flowers are certainly a safe choice.

Want some solid design advice? I'm ready when you are!

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