Naturally Sophisticated Green

Refresh your home with green, the most spirited and eco-chic color of the color wheel. These green designer rooms show you how.

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Although dark green is often used to make a space look masculine (think Ralph Lauren-esque home offices), the color can also be fabulously feminine, as designer Martha Angus proves in this sitting room for the 2005 San Francisco Decorator's Showroom.

"I love green," Angus says. "I had this wallpaper custom designed and handpainted in China. I asked for peony bushes and chose the flower colors, as well as the background green."
The wall-to-wall wool carpet is also a deep, soft green – Stark Carpet Corp.'s Teide (color #7068). An Italian chair and Portuguese Rococo table add additional curves and a rich sense of history – beautifully highlighted by the contrast of the bright, modern graphic of Andy Warhol's "Flowers" silkscreen, created in 1970.

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To provide storage – and contrast – Angus had bright pink boxes made to order and stacked them on a table. "I thought it would be fresh and punchy," she says. For a subtler use of green, she says, "lots of greens together can look very beautiful. And green with pale blue or pale violet is heavenly." While Angus adores green in almost any setting, she cautions against using it in a master bathroom. "You would put on way too much rosy makeup to compensate for the green cast of the walls, and could end up looking like a fool in the daylight!" she says.

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