I may not have Irish heritage, but I undeniably love the color green. As a kid, when coloring or painting, I didn’t consider my work done until I added a splash of green somewhere. If you’re wondering, yes, I was a complete nerd who loved to draw, paint, build and decorate cardboard doll houses. I remember making a yellow-backed floral wall paper by drawing on white printer paper. It’s too bad I don’t have photos, because I’m sure it was just lovely-haha.
To me, green adds a vibrancy and lively element no other colors can. Yes, yellow is bright and cheery, but it doesn’t add the right warmth. Blues are beautiful and soothing, but can’t quite make the statement green can. Green is so abundant in nature, whether light, fresh spring green, dark mid summer grass-green, or the muted tones found in fall and winter. As a general green lover, I’ve incorporated some of each throughout my home and I urge you to do the same.
Some rooms have just a sprinkle (nothing too in your face) of green, such as our family room. In a mostly neutral space, nearly citron green pillows liven up the couch and add a jolt of color.
A brightly colored green and blue landscape painting perks up the mantle while the lumbar pillows pull the color down to the neutral chairs. Just a few small green accessories like books, a small vase, and candles pepper the color around the rest of the room.
Our kitchen counters are dark, nearly black green soapstone that still reads as a neutral.
Small additions like towels, plants, dishes, even fruit are quick, zero commitment ways to add even more color.
Other rooms have a slightly bigger swath of green, like our living room. Six sets of luscious grass-green velvet curtains flank the windows.
Cover the curtains with your hand and you’ll notice just how much life and personality they bring to the room. When in doubt, always default to house plants to get that bit of color without overwhelming a room. Bonus, you don’t have to deal with picking paint colors or fabrics.
Speaking of paint, sometimes a quart can make the biggest impact. At less than $20, what do you have to lose by giving it a try? Our main bathroom rocks an olive-green vanity, which has so much more character than any neutral ever will.
Toss a few more green accessories, in this case, hand towels and a nearly ugly 70’s landscape painting, around the room to complete the look.
According to the color wheel, green is a cool color, but it certainly adds warmth to any space. A muddy sagey olive acts as an almost neutral backdrop in our guest bedroom.
Pairing with bright white it feels so fresh, clean, and simple. But greens really shine next to warm wood tones, much like a tree trunk and leaves.
By far the most overtly green room in the house is the boys’ bedroom. Back when I gave their room a makeover, I asked each of them what color walls they wanted. One said green and the other said yellow. We compromised with this lemongrass yellow-green. It’s fun and happy, but is tempered by white, gray, and navy.
Our master suite, though mostly white and black, has green tucked here and there. More grass-green velvet wraps the headboard for a touch of color against an otherwise white wall.
Opposite the bed, a few bright green plants and (soon to be framed) landscape painting flank a dresser, bringing color around the room in a simple, easy-going way.
Even our master bathroom has touches of green via plants and a very abstract landscape.
Though we’re not quite at the point of the basement remodel to paint and add accessories, I’m trying to narrow down green paint options to use down there in a few ways. I think we all have a color we naturally gravitate toward, right? What’s yours, and more importantly, how do you use it in your decor?
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I love your house so much! I think my color is turquoise since you can find it throughout my house and a muted version in my company branding. I always thought that I had too much of it but now that I see how easily green unifies your home I think turquoise does the same to mine!
I might use green too much, but I say if you love it, go for it! It does bring a sense of unity to use it throughout, kind of a common thread. 🙂
Beautiful home–so peaceful, serene. I wanted to reach through my computer and snag your wooden frame couch. I have been looking for one forever…all wood frame that I can just have cushions made when I want. Would you mind telling me your source? I can’t even find one at a thrift store that doesn’t have a wagon wheel end on it. Thanks so much. Ann
Thank you so much for your sweet compliments! I hate to say it, but the wood frame couch is a thrift store find. I know, I wish I had a source to track one down. Here’s the post with more info on the transformation, if you’re interested: https://ourhumbleabodeblog.com/2014/04/29/natural-linen-and-special-walnut/ I’m sorry I don’t have a recommendation for you. I might have to scour the internet to find a similar option.