Get Some Green

March 13, 2014

This post is sponsored by H&R Block’s Emerald Card.

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.

apple green paint in bedroom

kelly green walls bhg

apple green paint on walls

mint green paint orchid chairs

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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.

living room fern wallpaper

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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!

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green cabinet inspiredbycharm

green painted cabinet

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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.

pale green painted cabinets

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!

 fresh green paint colors

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.

green sofa and accents

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These are a few favorite green accessories to consider for your home this spring:

green home decor


trellis pillowvirginia frame / merletto rug / green campaign side tablegreen throw / hourglassaccent table


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.

green tableware

wheat grass tablescape

green vases and plates

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Set a table or present a homemade dessert on any of these pretty finds!

green tableware

verde glasses / santorini plates / ikat dinnerware / rimmed place setting / victorian salad plates / jadeite cake plate

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.  stylish green fashion finds

cardigan / zinnia braceletcotton cropped pants / lace up sneakers / gauze scarf / emerald bangles

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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1) What is your favorite shade of green? How have you used the color green in your home?

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178 Responses to “Get Some Green”

  1. TRICIA EATON says:

    I have been considering painting my
    Living room a OLIVE/SAGE.
    Plans of kitchen
    Lime/ kelly.

  2. Patty Reed-Pederson says:

    It suddenly dawned on me one day my favorite color is green. Everything I was drawn to had some shade of green in it. I now have green in the bedroom. Calming shade. Living in Minnesota, we don’t get green foliage very long so I bring it in with paint, plants and decor. Even at work!

  3. Cher says:

    Green has always been my favorite color! We are in the middle of painting our master bath with Benjamin Moore’s Azores, which is a bolder color than I normally go with but has the perfect look of the ocean…green/blue. Loving it!

  4. Mary says:

    I love green!!! In decor and clothes as well!! All shades of it, but currently seem to lean towards the springy yellow greens. Soft sage green is another fave.

  5. Diana says:

    Who knew there were so many fabulous shades of green, I love that kitchen hutch from Better Homes and Gardens! My favorite shade that was trending big last year is mint. I have a lot of green plants in our house, does that count?!

  6. Chloe N says:

    My favorite shade of green is a light, almost pastel shade. It’s bright and cheerful but not doesn’t remind me too much of an easter egg.

  7. I love green in a soft see-through glass color. Vintage green I would call it. I put soft glass green knobs on my kitchen cabinets which are painted bright white. The green color makes me smile every time they catch the light.

  8. Nicole says:

    Almost every room in my house has one shade or another. Bathroom: Turquoise and lime. Kitchen: a soft grey sage. Bedroom: Aqua. Living room: Lime green and blue. I try for a different palette but am always drawn back to green in one shade or another. It just keeps popping up all over my house.

  9. LinOne says:

    I’m lusting after several things you’ve brought to our attention (desk, campaign side table, etc) but I’m so apprehensive about ordering online with Target. Do you think it’s safe to do so?

  10. Kristen says:

    I used to be more of a teal or a mint girl but lately it’s kelly green and emerald calling my name!

  11. Elizabeth H says:

    Green is my favorite color. I lean toward the pale greens like pale clover. My kitchen, dining room and living room all have some pale green in fabrics and accessories.

  12. Lucy Gorman says:

    My favorite green paint is Benjamin Forest Moss. I have one painted wall that color. Then I used that color to paint the glass on my table (the under side of the glass) and a book case.

  13. my favorite shade of green is a sage color. we are about to paint the guest room this color.

  14. Ginger says:

    I’ve never painted anything green before, but these pictures are beautiful. It’s worth a try right?

  15. Beth DelConte says:

    How have I used green to decorate? Plants, herbs, artificial plants in all shades of green!

  16. My favorite shade of green is the shade of that Target Threshold side table in your accessories list. I like to stop and look at it when I’m in the store. Our son’s bathroom is a similar color.

  17. Elizabeth L says:

    I like a classic Kelly green!

  18. Laura C. says:

    I love all shades of green but especially mint. I even have a green sofa. Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Tina Ng says:

    Favorite shade of green is one with some yellow in it because I prefer a warmer green in my house. My home office is painted in this shade (Benjamin Moore Gulliford Green) and it’s beautiful. When the sunlight hit it’s green yellow and at night it’s a cleaner green.

  20. Eloquence says:

    I really love deep emerald greens!

  21. Helena Dias says:

    We are in the process of redecorating our master bedroom in shades of green. Thank you for the inspiration.

  22. Bri D. says:

    My favorite color is mint green! My mom and I redid a dresser and painted it green and it sits in my living room. :)

  23. I love green in everything! I am planning on making over my porch this summer with deep emerald green!

  24. deepa says:

    My bedroom is SW Dancing green. I love the medium shades of green.

  25. michelle says:

    Kelly green is my fresh favorite right now. I’m just loving the color on walls, furniture , accessories..all of it. I haven’t gone beyond the planning stage, but it’s coming. I’m thinking of it for the nursery as we don’t want to know the gender, but want to plan ahead. Loved these images. Thanks

  26. Friend Gray says:

    Kelly green is my favorite. I use green as an accent throughout my house, mainly via plants.

  27. Jody says:

    I’m a big fan of green! We recently moved into our first home and we painted our open concept living/dining/kitchen/stairs green…I love it!

  28. Doris Johnson says:

    My master bedroom is green! I’m terrible at picking paint colors, but that’s the one room in my house where I really nailed it– both my husband and I love the warm, calming shade of green in there. :)

  29. Joan says:

    I have two boys, for their bedrooms I made one blue and the other green. He has kelly green curtians, a green accent stripe around the room and other green accents in his bedding. I love the color green and looking for ways to bring more into my house.

  30. Julie says:

    My favorite shade of green is Jade Green. Whether you paint a room or furniture it makes a statement in a room. It is also a fabulous color on most and not to mention how great Jade jewerly is with any outfit. Our master bedroom is a hunter green and the living room is more a sage-absolutely love green!

  31. Pamela says:

    Oh my goodness, I have never met a green i didn’t like! I think I love Kiwi right now because it pairs so well with the teal I am using in a room redo. I have clear greens with summer blue and poppy in the back foyer that leads to our back porch and yard and I have muddy, complicated green in our tropical master bath paired with white pedestal sink and beadboard tub surround.

  32. Christine says:

    I love the color green in so many shades, but use variations of sage green throughout my home the most and it always feels so calming.

  33. Kristin says:

    I love many shades of green. My sister-in-law has joked that we can’t have a house without a green room. This house has 4. My favorite shade is probably a sage green, but it tends to be a little darker & brighter & more green than gray. It’s got to be green!

  34. Erica Best says:

    i love easter green and no not really into green

  35. Anne Marie says:

    I love jade green but really love anything green!

  36. Kim Henrichs says:

    I love an ocean blue/green – one that tips more to the green side like a greenish-aqua! I decorate with alot of ocean photos and nautical themes, so I have one wall that is that color. I also use it to accent in pillows and such.

  37. Lisa Brown says:

    my favorite shade of green is grass green; i use the color as an accent with pillows in the living room; in the bathroom with soap dishes and hand towels; the bedroom with sheets.

  38. Lindsey says:

    I just painted a piece of furniture Valspar’s New Avocado and I love it!!

  39. kristin says:

    i used lime with purple in my master bedroom. Very relaxing.

  40. Christina says:

    The color of sea glass is my favorite! Green with a hint of blue, I plan on using it for my girls bathroom along with ming glass tile.

  41. Amy says:

    I love everything green, it’s the color I’m always attracted to first! Sage, lime, avocado, all of it! My living room’s main color is green- rug, pillow accents, curtain panel accents, art, etc (with ivory and soft greys as the neutrals in the walls and furniture) Green makes me so happy! Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. christina says:

    emerald is so fabulous!

  43. ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I like bright grass green…I use it in the house to brighten up spots – especially in the black and white bathroom a touch of green makes spring come sooner!

  44. Amy H. says:

    I love the Emerald green on the wall of the Better Homes and Gardens picture.

  45. Jessica S says:

    I love green, it was one of my wedding colors! I have a green run in my living room.

  46. Ms. Lizzy says:

    Mmmmm…..GREEN my absolute favorite color E.V.E.R. This was eye candy. Thank you Kate!

  47. sarah says:

    i think kelly green is my favorite shade of green.
    and, green plays a big part in my home decor. my bedroom is green as well as my guest bathroom’s top third (bottom third is board and batten). and i have pops of green in throws, pillows, and candles all over the house. it just feels like outside coming in. and hubby has lots of green plants everywhere too!

  48. Beth Dubé says:

    Love green, but not sure I have a favorite. I have 2 little green flower vases from my grandma that I love to use in the spring.

  49. lani says:

    I adore a jade green. I stick with neutral walls in my home so I can go colorful in my accessories. You will find pops of green in every room.

  50. Nicole L says:

    I like kelly green. It was the color of high school and I’ve loved it ever since.

  51. tiffany says:

    I like pale green. My living room walls are painted a shade of green

  52. I love different kinds of greens but one that comes right now to my mind is Emerald green.
    I have been decorating my home with green accents all over.

  53. DESIREE H says:

    My favorite shade of green is jungle green.
    My twins’ bedroom has green and brown everywhere. It is jungle themed with monkeys. I have incorporated green with a backsplash wall of green paint (only one wall is painted green), the guest room is also green, white and brown. Our guest bathroom matches the green and brown theme.
    Lastly, our half bath is green and blue. The green is more of a lime green in there. I never realized how much green I have: 4 rooms. lol.
    Thank you for the chance!

  54. Marsha says:

    Sage green for me. The color of my dining room walls and the scenery behind the windows.

  55. Allison says:

    Right now I’m loving mint green, which I’ve used as accents in my new baby girl’s room!

  56. Wendy T says:

    My favorite shade of green is in the Galapagos Green wheelhouse. I painted my son’s nursery with it when he was little. I loved it and would love have a room that color again.

  57. Melissa says:

    I like to use the color green in small doses – curtains, duvet covers, pillows, & rugs. I have green pillows on my sofa right now.

  58. Kristen F. says:

    I painted my office/sewing room Dill Pickle by Benjamin Moore and I love it!! It’s between a spring green and a sage green and really acts as a neutral.

  59. Sarah H. says:

    I love Emerald green in small doses.

  60. Elizabeth says:

    I love so many shades of green and actually have quite a few accents of it throughout our home. Spring green and emerald are probably my two tops. Our last house had a grass green shade called “Happy Camper” in a small hallway. It’s the only successful painting I’ve done with green as it usually comes out too minty for my tastes. Our living room sofa is actually a mossy green, but with the rest of our decor it reads like a neutral. Other than that, my boys’ rooms and our guest room have small touches of spring green.

  61. Tracy says:

    We have some green in almost every room in our house. My favorite is a shade called ‘guacamole,’ which we have two rooms painted in and have also painted furniture and accents (like the inside of our china cabinet) with. I also painted the insides of two doors that color to bring a little color into our neutral home.

  62. shawna says:

    Seven years ago we painted our open concept home a green/grey colour.
    I don’t recall the exact colour but I do know I still love it.

  63. Cynthia says:

    I have always liked all shades of green, but lately the one that I seem to be seeking out in order to update my wardrobe for spring is MINT! It seems so current and it is being shown everywhere!

  64. Rachel WEISE says:

    I love Kelly and emerald green. Currently our coffee table is painted a very bright Kelly and I just love it. Plus I love houseplants to keep things green.

  65. Natalie says:

    I actually like two separate shades of green. Around the home (particularly for walls and sheets), I really love gray-greens. Actually, I’ve been trying to find something like the Agate Green you had a pic of for our bedroom (and maybe a shade or so lighter for the halls), so I’m going to have to stop by my local Sherwin Williams for a sample of that.

    On the flip side, I adore bright greens – sort of like a vibrant lime, with a little more green than the traditional lime shade. I love the color for table linens, especially in the spring/summer, because it just pops. And it’s the shade we’re planning on using as one of our wedding colors, because it’s something that appeals both to me, and yet it masculine enough that it appeals to my fiance as well.

  66. nicole says:

    While my first love is blue, green runs a close second! Right now I have a spring display of vintage blue and green glasses and vases in my kitchen. I also just impulsively bought a pillow.. multicolor watercolor drips on one side, Kelly green on the back! It’s a gorgeous reminder that spring is close. Even if it is snowing here on St. Patrick’s Day!

  67. Jane says:

    Grass. I’m not convinced that green is a neutral color, but it always makes me happy.

  68. Casandra says:

    My favorite shade of green is either a pale mint green or a bold emerald green. It just depends whether I’m looking for more of an impact or a neutral. Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. Shannon says:

    Hunter for sure! Great for all seasons!

  70. janna brown says:

    I love “garden”y green and lime green. When we built our house in the early ’90’s we put in hunter green countertops…we have changed them since then!

  71. Rose says:

    Sage green is my favorite, with khaki green a close second. My kitchen is currently khaki green, and I have plans to paint my guest bedroom sage green this Spring. Green is such a peaceful color for me.

  72. Jenny K says:

    We have lots of bright green going on in my son’s room. He’s 3 and it makes his room so fun. :)

  73. ellen ross says:

    I love pastel green its very soothing and it puts me in a calm mood :)

  74. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Emerald green is my absolute favorite! It is my birthstone too!

  75. Thomas Murphy says:

    My bathroom is painted green.

  76. Mary says:

    our master bedroom is a beautiful soft shade of green with green/white sheer shades and green/white small stripe duvet cover. it’s such a peaceful room!

  77. Tracy K says:

    I love a bright emerald green with leopard print. It looks great in fashion or a pillow pairing!

  78. Tammy S says:

    I love the olive green shade of green. We have used it as an accent color in our living room. We have throw pillows, blankets and our rug has some of it running through it.

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