From Mint to Emerald: Our Favorite Ways to Decorate With Green
Accessories, paint shades, furniture and more? We're green with envy over all these supercute spaces. Steal one idea or a few!
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What's Your Favorite Shade of Green?
Sure, you can use all shades at once — like Vern Yip did in this super-cool ombre bathroom — but not every space is built for layers on layers of the same color. Maybe you’re looking for light and airy vibes? Hello, mint green! Or maybe you want a touch of bold emerald, the shade designers can’t seem to get enough of this year, according to the 1stdibs 2020 Trends Annual Survey. Either way, we’ve got major design inspo for you. Just take a look through some of our favorite green designs ever (yes, ever).
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Make It Natural
Let's go super light. These dreamy mint green kitchen cabinets add just a touch of color to an otherwise very neutral kitchen. Want a bit of texture? Take a peep at that wooden pendant cage.
An Eclectic Mix
If you're looking for a neutral backdrop for colorful accessories, mint may be the answer. Here, designer Fawn Galli decorated her living room in a charming pastel palette of pinks and greens.
Green With Envy Appliances
“Some of the coolest kitchens I’ve seen mix in colorful appliances,” says Orion Creamer, founder of Big Chill. Here, designer Sarah Catherine uses minty-green Jadeite appliances to boost this space’s airy aesthetic in a subtle way. “This color, as well as other green shades are versatile and can be made to work with styles from modern to traditional,” adds Orion. But really, there are few accessories prettier than a mint green fridge, right?
A Sweet Setting
If you really want to get creative with mint, layer it into a table setting! This pastel one, styled by Brian Patrick Flynn, is perfect for a spring soirée.
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Make It Bright
A little bit of mint goes a long way! Take in this calming lounge space with its seafoam-colored walls. Light, bright and airy.
Paint shade pictured: Cool Mint, Valspar
A Splash of Mint
Globe pendants brighten up this cottage kitchen, but that mint green backsplash makes this open space shine.
Fun 'n Farmhouse-y
This supercute master bedroom, designed by Kristen Krason and Erin Morgan of House of Jade, has just the right amount of scandi-farmhouse. We love the white linens, black four-poster bed and colorful throw pillows. Ah, a refreshing retreat!
A Big, Beautiful Master Bath
Crisp white tile, soft sage-green walls and a freestanding white tub. Need we say more?
Gallery Wall, Kitchen Edition
If you already have light green walls — especially in your kitchen — and want to make them pop, try displaying a collection of serving pieces on a blank stretch, gallery wall style. Use plate hangers for lightweight platters/plates and heavy-duty plate hangers for bigger pieces, like the rectangular silver tray shown (find options at ooks.com). Wood cutting boards with handles can easily be hung from nails.
Cute and Comfortable
HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams’ Restful is a glamourous jewel tone with a muted elegance that evokes the calmness of nature," says Ashley Banbury, senior color designer for HGTV HOME by Sherwin-Williams. She suggests mixing and matching leather and wood with gold accents for comfortable luxury. "Then, bring the room together with nostalgic artwork inspired by the complementing colors from the Simply Blissful 2020 Color Collection of the Year!” she says.
Paint shade pictured: Restful, Sherwin Williams
A Cozy Breakfast Nook
A comfy sage-colored space to sip some joe? Check! Designer Mark Williams created this cozy space for coffee drinkers and morning thinkers alike. We'd love to cozy-up on that plush bench. Wouldn't you?
A Cottage-Style Nightstand
A fresh coat of paint and a distressed finish turned this nightstand into total #bedroomgoals! PSA: Please try this at home.
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On the Ceiling
“Painting the ceiling of my son’s room calls out the little curve at the top of the walls, which is one of our condo’s many charming prewar features," says Kiera Kushlan of Residents Understood in Washington, D.C. "This green seemed just right for a nursery: not too in-your-face, but not babyish, either.”
Paint shade pictured: Avocado Toast, Clare
“Doors are such a great way to bring a splash of color into a room — small risk, big reward! I picked a light avocado green for my entry that’s in step with my midcentury ranch," says designer Alicia Drown of Studio Rancho in Denver. "It’s a good balance of eye-catching yet subdued."
Paint shade pictured: Soothing Green Tea, Glidden
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"I have realized that if you have a happy laundry room you have a happy laundry person," says designer RaeLynn Callaway of Classically Yours Interiors. "Fun colors, cabinet hardware, flooring patterns and decor can really make a difference." She livened up this space with some bright green paint.
A green, distressed end table gives this bedroom a rustic kick. To replicate the look in your own home, try placing a vase of flowers on top of your end table just like designer Jillian Harris, from HGTV's Love It or List It Too, did here. They really brighten up the space!
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Bring the Outdoors In
Plants are green too, and keeping them in your home has healthy benefits. We love the way this one is styled next to a bright window nook. Pro tip: check out The Sill for some super-cool indoor plant ideas.
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Faux and Fab
Sure, real plants are cool, but if you're lacking the green thumb, why not go faux? This one from Urban Outfitters gives that cozy neutral nook some character — and no watering required!
Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $199
If faux plants aren't your thing, but you still want a touch of greenery, try wallpaper. This flowy botanical design from Etsy is so peaceful.
Buy It: Etsy, $64 - $296
A Traditional Twist
Love wallpaper, but want less botanical and more traditional? This bright green living room boasts patterned wallpaper by Thibaut, and it makes the whole space glow.
Design hack: make it cute and sweet-smelling! Colored glass accessories are trending, but if you don't want to spring for a super-expensive trinket, snag a candle to get the look for less. This one from Paddywax adds a simple touch of green (you can put it anywhere!) — and it'll leave your space smelling great.
Our candle styling tips: place one you love on a window sill, bar cart or fireplace mantle. Try it next to a stack of your favorite books or beside a vase on shelving.
Buy It: Paddywax, $22
A Rustic Weekend Project
These homeowners purchased the console in their rustic entryway on Craigslist for $155, and then touched it up with some green paint. Voila! A charming space.
Paint shade pictured: Cricket, Behr
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A Pop of Mossy Green
“After putting up green-and-white wallpaper on three of this bedroom’s walls, I decided to do something different with the wall behind the bed so the gridded paneling wouldn’t get lost," says Julie Howard of Timber Trails Development Company in Western Springs, Illinois. "This clover color makes it pop. And it’s so fresh, like spring on a wall!”
Paint shade pictured: Moss Point Green, PPG Paints
Stained Glass in the Hallway
Enough with green paint and accessories: homeowners Hampton and Bart Stephens went one step further. The couple found a pair of stained-glass doors at an architectural salvage shop, and they just happened to fit perfectly into the doorway leading to the master bedroom. Green glass adds color and brings a little extra light into the room. Plus, check out those painted rails (seven shades plus white, in random order)!
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Safari Style Living Room
In what homeowner Emily McCarthy dubs the preppy safari room in her Savannah, Georgia, ranch home, a pair of 1960s brass giraffes mingle with a microsuede sofa and a hand-me-down chair (complete with a shamrock green linen slipcover). The black-and-white pillows from Marimekko contrast nicely with all the green, while the palm leaf–patterned pillows from Society Social add pattern into the mix.
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What's green besides the grass? That beautiful front door of course. Ashley and David Germain bought their 1908 house, located in Tampa, Florida, in 2005. "The wide porch is our favorite thing about the house. We also like the glass pattern on the front door," they agree.
Paint color pictured: Putting Green, Valspar
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“All the trees outside this lakeside home inspired me to choose a leafy color for the kitchen cabinets that paired beautifully with a sky blue oven and hood," explains Kristina Crestin of Kristina Crestin Design, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. "The look is a breath of fresh air!”
Paint color pictured: Olive Rush, Valspar
“A great green was my mission, per the 10-year-old boy whose room this is. Although putting that on all the walls would have been too much of a good thing, it’s just right on the built-in bed and shelves," says Julie Howard of Timber Trails Development Company, Western Springs, Illinois.
Paint color pictured: Courtyard Green, Benjamin Moore
A Velvet Green Couch
Angella Nicholls' favorite part about the living room in her 102-year-old Davidson, North Carolina, farmhouse? The green velvet sofa. When her designer, Bryn Dunn, first suggested it, Angella was hesitant. "I was scared to go with something so green," she says. "But it really adds life to the room." The same is true of the pink and chartreuse pillows.
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A Secret Oasis
Isn't it the best when your bedroom feels like a private getaway? Well, color has everything to do with ambience. In fact, greens have an authentic, comforting quality that helps relax our minds. Sue Kim, color marketing manager for Valspar Paint, says, “We are looking to create tranquil environments inspired by nature that bring calming colors from the outdoors, in. Valspar Secret Moss, one of our 2020 Colors of the Year, is an earthy hue that taps into a nature-inspired theme and Botanical Modernism design direction — perfect for the bedroom!"
Paint color pictured: Secret Moss, Valspar
A Powder Room Pick-Me-Up
Designer Brooke Wagner took traditional picks — black and white tile and Shaker-style cabinetry — and put a fresh spin on them. Mossy green paint on the cabinets gives the neutral space a kick. Plus, Brooke had floor and wall tiles laid in different patterns and chose mossy green paint for the vanity. Another twist in her mix: brass pulls and matte black fixtures. “Since they’re all simple, they complement each other,” she says.
Paint color pictured: Night Mission, Behr
All About Balance
Velvet furniture pops prettily next to white walls and black window frames in this Austin, Texas home. Putting the violet daybed (from Joybird) and moss green sectional (from West Elm) diagonally across from each other brought balance to the room. “We joke that the daybed is the world’s most expensive dog bed because it’s where our dog, Alfie, hangs,” homeowner Agatha June says.
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A Midcentury, Monochromatic Clubhouse
With light green painted flooring and dark sage walls this midcentury clubhouse successfully pulls off a monochromatic look that we love. Rustic decor and the tobacco stick chandelier gives the room a distinct look and feel. Game night, anyone?
Deep Green Accents
Here, designer Brian Patrick Flynn maximized outdoor seating with a modular sectional sofa and super-cool deep green pillows! Um, peep that outdoor chandelier.
A Little Bit of Laminate
The bright green laminate on the island in this 1960s style kitchen totally makes the space. Fun fact: homeowner Gretchen Jorg chose that particular shade of green because it's one of her favorite hues. “I got married in a silk dress the same color,” she says.
Blue and Green
Designer Emily Henderson brought the pretty in this Los Angeles living room. Accents like the blue bird paper weight and blue armchairs bring the space to life, but a single emerald green pouf provides an extra pop of color for the palette.
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Off the Wall Cool
For a dose of classic country in your dining room or kitchen, gather an assortment of dinner plates, then display them on the wall with plate hangers. For a monochromatic look, use the same plate in multiples — these deep green ones pop against a white wall. For a gradient effect, choose various shades of the same color.
Bright and Cheery
Bright green walls complete this poppy dining room from HGTV Magazine. The table is a hand-me-down, but the molded plastic chairs give it an instant update. Finally, graphic stick-on floor tiles and a multi-globe pendant take the whole space from formal to fab.
Paint shade pictured: Cactus, Ressource
An emerald backsplash? Yes, please. This wet bar also offers cubby holes for bottles of wine and a rack for hanging wineglasses. A perfect setup!
Subtle green touches give this room life! Homeowners and Young House Love bloggers Sherry and John Petersik painted the back of their built-in bookcases an emerald green. It's one of the blog's most popular projects. "It took us a long time to decide on a color, but less than a day to paint," Sherry says. "No one could believe it took just a quart." Plus, Sherry made those stunning curtains with fabric from Robert Allen.
Paint color pictured: Dragonfly, Benjamin Moore
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Jewel-toned luxury abounds in this posh bedroom. Admire that emerald bed! An extra-tall headboard draws the eye upward to call attention to a stunning high ceiling.
Dark Green and Pale Yellow
This 1937 home in Alexandria, Virginia, is oh-so-charming, and so are those emerald touches! “The sharp pitch of the roof makes our house look like a quaint English cottage, so we kept the landscaping informal. Painted pale yellow (Golden Lab by Benjamin Moore), our house is warm and welcoming, like our neighborhood,” say homeowners Cynthia Westlund and Christopher May.
Paint shade pictured: Lafayette Green, Benjamin Moore
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A Wake Up Call
"Using a vivid emerald green on otherwise simple cabinets pushed the envelope in a classic space," explains Jessica Webber of Webber Coleman Woodworks in Watkinsville, Georgia. "The color reminds me of new growth on a plant and new beginnings. How could your day not start out great here?”
Paint shade pictured: Ivy League, PPG Paints
Pops of Color
Here HGTV Magazine editors made this emerald couch — which brightens up a New York City office — pop with a contrasting pink pillow from Bunglo. A pair of soft cream-color pillows from Serena & Lily bring texture to the mix.
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Walls + Bookcase = Perfection
“There’s something dramatic about a bookcase that’s painted the same color as the walls. You get a space with the elegant feel of a library," says Taylor Clouse of Love County Design in Austin, Texas. "This green isn’t at all overbearing — it’s bright and invigorating in the morning, and cozy and intimate at night.”
Paint color pictured: Royal Orchard, Behr
A Fresh, Green Remodel
Surprise: homeowners Katie and Patrick Roetker kept the old countertops in their Madison, Wisconsin remodel! “The green painted cabinets make them look brand-new,” Katie says. A GE Café range with brushed-bronze accents gives the existing white appliances a style boost.
Paint shade pictured: Fairmont Green, Benjamin Moore
Easy Updates: A Pine Green Door
According to Brian Patrick Flynn, earthy evergreen tones work well with almost any color. The pine green used here pairs nicely with classic autumnal tones — we're talking any shade from deep oranges or mustards to moodier colors like dark browns or blacks.
Let's Get Deep
“Here in sunny Miami, deep green is not the most obvious choice for an entryway. But I love how dramatic it is while still feeling natural. When you step inside, it’s like you’re taking a walk through the woods,” explains Federica Molini of Arte Bohème blog in Miami.
Paint shade pictured: Deep Pine, Dunn-Edwards