Get Some Green
March 13, 2014
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Raise your hand if you’re completely over winter and ready for all things spring? Count me among you! With St. Patrick’s Day arriving next week and tiny little buds appearing on the trees outside my home, I cannot help but get excited the season and the idea of bringing shades of green indoors.
Nature is the first place I look to for inspiration during the seasons and in spring, green takes the spotlight. When shopping for new accessories, I’m always looking for ways to get a high end look for less, whether it’s shopping flash sales, frequenting retail stores that feature discounted designer goods, or transforming pieces I chance upon in a thrift store or on Craigslist.
When it comes to decorating your home, I know one thing to be true. Anyone can have a stylish home on a budget, no interior designer needed, no “to the trade” furnishings required. Much like you, I don’t want to compromise style or quality, but I don’t want to spend any more than I have to.
The most important thing is to pay attention and be aware. What inspires you? What trends do you welcome or reject? Knowing what makes you happy, what colors you respond to, and what style you favor most keeps you grounded in your purchases. Patience is also key, resisting any impulse buys, and purchasing only what your budget allows.
We all know one of the easiest and cheapest ways to bring color into the home is with paint. I can’t think of any color that doesn’t go with green, after all green partners with every hue in nature so why not in home decor too. Blues, pinks, yellows, and the color of the year orchid all look beautiful with green.
An alternative approach to paint is wallpaper, but a more affordable one is the use of a wall stencil – it’s a far more budget friendly way to achieve the look of wallpaper without the expense. This fern motif can be recreated with two slightly different green paints and a fern stencil applied to a wall in symmetrical repeat.
One of my most favorite ways to use green paint is with a painted piece of furniture as an accent in a space. These three examples show just how beautiful green paint can be!
I think critics of green too often associate the hue with the Crayola version. I don’t see green that way at all. I see green as a cool and sophisticated classic.
We see so much “lawn green” in our daily routine that when decorating it’s better to move away from those predictable shades and deepen the intensity of green to jade or emerald, or adding a dose of blue undertone, or going the other way and lightening with a few drops of white or gray. Even a yellow undertone is appealing, like we see in the moss that grows on mature oak trees. Bright lime greens are fun for summer, and more olive tones are inviting come fall.
I painted my kitchen island and walls, family room, and dining room a soft gray green in 2011 and I’ve never looked back. Years later, it still feels fresh just as much as these cabinets in this kitchen from House Beautiful.
I pulled out all my fan decks and the hundreds of paint samples inside my big basket I keep, my thoughts turning to walls and furniture and I narrowed down nine favorites. Picture them paired with polished chrome or antique brass lighting or hardware, stunning!
Fabrics are available at all price points, some boutique or high end designer patterns are *gulp* over $100 a yard. I’ve always got my eye on yardage that is $25 or less (preferably under $15) so I’ll shop the Waverly sales at Joann’s Fabrics or look to other online favorite fabric sources for discounts or deals, or hop on over to look at affordable sources for rugs too.
We all know how quickly emails can pile up in your inbox and how so many stores want access, but if there is a flash sale site, reputable coupon source, or retailer you really love, it does make sense to subscribe for discounts – I’ve saved 25-50% on fabrics and rugs just by skimming my personal email once a week and paying attention to those deals.
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These are a few favorite green accessories to consider for your home this spring:
The tabletop is yet another place to introduce fresh spring greens into your home in a less permanent way and then put them away for another season or day.
Set a table or present a homemade dessert on any of these pretty finds!
If you’re not one to embrace green in the home, there’s always your wardrobe! Layer with a few verdant shades to add a dash of color when you step out to go to work or meet your friends.
I’ve rounded up even more inspiration in this All Things Green Pinterest Board – hop on over to see dozens of spaces and products to help you get some green in your home.
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