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.

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!

green kitchen hutch bhg


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:

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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. Heidi says:

    I have a lot of green in my house! My living room sofa is green, my kitchen is a sage green (although it’s been this color for years and I’m in the mood to change it) and the kid’s bedrooms upstairs are a fun shade of yellowy green.

  2. green is actually my favorite color to work with because of how many different variations there are. Who doesn’t like some green???

  3. stacie says:

    I am a big fan of sage green. I have shades of green painted walls in my kitchen, bedroom, & upstairs common area.

  4. Donna says:

    I love green. It is one of my favorite colors. I like a variety of greens and would have redone my living room with a deep emerald green if my husband liked green in the least. Since he doesn’t I have small splashes of green around the house.

  5. Jill says:

    I have a bright fun “Lettuce” green in a half bath laundry room. Love it so much that even when we move I would consider painting a room in the new house that color

  6. Jean James says:

    Seafoam green, hands down. It is sprinkled everywhere in my home. Love.

  7. Anna says:

    Pantone emerald green! Last year was MY year. Painted antique dresser emerald green to use in nursery as changing table. Considering a brighter green for dining room hutch after reading your blog today!

  8. Carly says:

    Any version of sage green is my favorite! My last bedroom was painted asparagus green and it was beautiful!

  9. diane c says:

    My fav shade of green is that of the sweet potato vine. It is so fresh and beautiful!!.

  10. Rosa Diana says:

    Green happens to be one if my all time fave colors. I dnt use it as much in home decor but after seeing this post I’m really reconsidering doing so. As always, great article, great pictures!

  11. Patty says:

    I have mint green in my hallways and kitchen curtain panels that I made with various shades of green.

  12. Laurie says:

    Green is my color. I especially love apple green for it’s cheery feel.

  13. Kathleen says:

    Last summer I painted out eat-in kitchen table a lovely shade of green called Ball Game, from Behr. It really makes the room happy!

  14. Janet R says:

    We’ve done our master bath in a shade of green much like the Galapagos Green above, just a little more intense. Also, one wall of our vaulted great room is a rich olive. LOVE green!

  15. Amanda says:

    I just recently painted a scrap wood box with Pantone’s Color of the Year from last year, Emerald. The color is absolutely beautiful and was just what I needed to add some spring into my home! Here is my blog post about it!


  16. Erin P says:

    I love sage, mint green, blue green, and grey green. I plan to use it more but mostly just have accent pieces and a green sofa now.

  17. Kathryn says:

    I love Benjamin Moore Sterling silver. They perfect gray green walls!

  18. Diana says:

    I’m a renter stuck with white walls so I use as much color as I can else where. I love green and have a lot of it in my home. Right now I’m digging a lime/grass green since it goes well with a lot the other colors I have – navy and white.

  19. Becky Stauffer says:

    I have a soft olive green in my dining room and my front entrance and hallway. Love green!

  20. Shanna says:

    I love the color green and have used it many times in my home decor with some great results and some that needed a do-over :) Green is the star of the show in the guest bath, my girl’s room, and my living room. I am really loving the muted greens like the pale clover color above.

  21. Mami2jcn says:

    I love sage green! I’m actually sitting on my sage green sofa right now.

  22. Kristen R. says:

    I love green and use it as an accent in different rooms, mostly shades of mint as curtains and my kitchen aide mixer in the kitchen. I’m starting to really love the Kelly greens though so that may need to make an appearance in my home soon!

  23. Linda G says:

    Green is my favorite color! I prefer the lighter shades right now (apple/lime/acid). I was obsessed with mint green about 22 years ago as a teenager, so I haven’t jumped on that bandwagon as an adult. :)

  24. Gina says:

    I’ve always loved green! When I was a teen (’70s) I had a bright green room with white furniture. I have a variety of shades of green in my lake house. I even have some green in my permanent home though they’re a little dark and need some updating. Winning some “green” would be great! :)

  25. Ashleigh Hall says:

    I love grass green and lime green, but to pick a favorite green?? Oh, I just couldn’t… I love them all! :)

  26. Brittany c says:

    I use green in my throw pillows

  27. Noelle says:

    I used BM Aganthus Green for my bathroom walls. It looks amazing against the white beadboard and subway tile. So country :)

  28. Ashley B says:

    I love emerald green!

  29. Mary says:

    I love green–we chose green dresses for our upcoming wedding. I also spent forever finding the perfect pale green (it ended up being on a gray swatch) when I redid my bathroom for the walls.

  30. Nikki says:

    I love kelly green, it’s so bright and cheery! It reminds me of Ireland. I love bringing natural green into my home with houseplants and fresh flowers.

  31. Green is actually my favorite color and that of my husband as well. There are small touches of green in various shades throughout my home.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  32. Marcia says:

    We have several rooms painted green in our house: the basement is a bright green galore (Stampin’ Up), the foyer is a softer moss green, my husband’s study is a deep dark forest green and our master bath is just freshly painted with a similar dark, rich earthy green!

  33. Breanna says:

    I’m loving Mint lately, in the home and in my wardrobe. It’s such a fresh springy color that can brighten up anyone’s day!

  34. AngieSue says:

    I love emerald green, but find it too intense to live with inside the house. I’ve used softer mossy greens in my bedroom and am thinking about an olive for my laundry room.

  35. Victoria S says:

    My favorite green is Emerald, so classy and luxurious looking.

  36. Tammy says:

    My old bedroom was painted empress grey (which was a mossy green.). Currently I have green Trina Turk pillows and jade lamp finials in bedroom.

    Thanks you for the opportunity.

  37. Kristin says:

    In my home, I love chartreus green paired with robin’s egg blue and orange in an otherwise all white kitchen.

  38. Justyn says:

    I love a bright avocado green (not the dingy 70s appliances variety)! I also love bringing in green into my home with plants!

  39. Christa says:

    I’m longing to see any shade of green instead of snow, but my favorite is a moss green.

  40. Lisa Stover says:

    I love green in my dining room! From a hutch that is painted green, to different shades of green accents on the table, a piece of furniture and even a large picture of an apple hanging over the buffet. Calming and beautiful..

  41. Loretta Heard says:

    I’ve used green in several places of my home. My guest bathroom is a small green floral wallpaper. My sofa is a khaki green with yellow undertones and the floor of my screen porch off the kitchen is called Lehigh green by Benjamin Moore.

  42. brenda says:

    My favorite shade of green is the color of tree leaves when they are first unfurling in spring

  43. Phyllis says:

    Apple green! I pair it with aqua and white bed linens.

  44. Lindsay says:

    My favourite green is a really pale grey green – I’m just starting to paint our powder room in this colour today.

  45. Ofelia Bernstein says:

    I haven’t met a green I don’t like! My living room is a sunny, east facing, apple green where I sit to sip my coffee and start my day.

  46. Kelly H. says:

    The only green in my house right now are sage green kitchen walls, but just yesterday I was thinking that a pretty Kelly green would be the perfect color for an entryway table. Now all I have to do is find a table and paint it!

  47. Nanette says:

    My favorite shade of green would be a kind of apple, maybe almost lime green? My kitchen has been a kind of mossy green for a while and I still really like it.

  48. Ami says:

    I love a deep, dark green. A very traditional Forest green is my favorite. It compliments so many other colors. I love green glass and collect pieces to use as accents throughout my home.

  49. Olivia says:

    Green is my favorite color by far! Our bedroom is mint green, and there are green accents everywhere else. I love emerald and mint the most.

  50. shannon says:

    I love green, but have only every used bright pops around my home…those some of these cabinetry pics are inspiring me to think bigger ;)

  51. Phoebe says:

    I love a good kelly green, but I painted my kitchen Benjamin Moore’s Tequila Lime.

  52. Yes please, bring on spring! This winter needs to end!

  53. Michelle says:

    I am really liking emerald green. I have an old emerald green glass vase that I use as a utensil holder next to my stove. It adds a pop of color to my very dated and neutral kitchen.

  54. Rebecca M says:

    I love green in all shades! If I have to pick just one shade though, it would be the color of a fern. (Why is it so hard to find fern colored fabric? I want throw pillows!)

  55. Meg Randall says:

    Hi Kate! Right now, my favorite shade of green is the first-burst-of-spring green, so fresh and vivid that you can feel it! I’m planning on re-painting my bedroom in neutrals and introducing that shade of green in accessories.

  56. Vicki Lemonds says:

    I like several different shades of green, so that question is hard to answer. However, I currently have mint green in my bedroom as an accent color.

  57. Alicia says:

    I love the color green; however, I am not very courageous in the use of it in decorating. I once painted my daughter’s room a “spring green”. This was more her idea then mine. I tend to gravitate towards blues more often. After reading this post I am considering an accent piece in a deep Kelly green. I really like the color pallete in the pillows in house to home/better home and gardens and the greens and blues in the roman shades above it. I am thinking that I may work in a little green in the window coverings in my dining room. Thank you for the inspiration!

  58. Jenelle says:

    My favorite has always been sea glass green. We did a mosaic glass tile backsplash in the kitchen and I love how it turned out.

  59. Terrye Holcomb says:

    Hi Kate,
    I love all things green, but the color Ming Jade spoke to me. We’ve had a huge chenille green sectional for almost 7 years and we still love it!
    Thanks for the post!

  60. Delsie Chambon says:

    I am getting ready to paint my front door a happy shade of citron. I think I’ve landed on “Frolic” by Sherman Williams. (*CP 16 Frolic SW 6703)

  61. Pam G says:

    Our kitchen/dining is painted Sherwin Williams Baize Green which I absolutely love! I was inspired by drapes I bought from Ikea which have large leaves in shades of green and teal with red accents that are on the patio doors in this area. This is my favorite room in our house and makes me so happy!

  62. nicki says:

    Emerald green is my favorite color because it’s my birthstone, but I really love all shades. I like using subtle pops of green, especially in my living room to help brighten the space. I have a pretty green glass vase and small houseplant. Working on getting new throw pillows that have green so the prize today could help me buy them!

  63. MIchele says:

    I love Behr’s Botanical Green. I painted a small chest of drawers ($15.00! at GoodWill) to use in my bathroom. I am getting a sample of Munsell 10GY 3/4 after seeing a fabulous floor painted that color in Monticello (Southern Living, August 2013). What a great shade. Something like verdis-gris.!

  64. sandyc says:

    I’m happy for all of you winter-weary folks out there. Here in sunny Arizona near Phoenix, winter is the absolutely best time of the year to be here, and the only sadness about the calendar “first day of Spring” is that that 3-digit temps are not far behind. As far as green goes, love it! But my leaning is toward any green heading toward yellow – apple green, lime green or my current favorite find for the LR/office – citron window panels and some coordinating panels with citron and grey flowers on white background. (Of course, citron is really described as a shade of yellow with green and other pigments, but it works for me.) I’m unusually lucky to live in a greenbelt here in the desert so there’s grass and trees outside all windows all year long.

    Have to laugh – of all the beautiful pictures above, my kitty Mei Mei is sitting here with me, looking at the one of the lovely white bowls filled with “pet grass” and asking me why all she gets is one small plastic pot with all that good stuff when I can find it.

  65. Ashley Bee says:

    I love a good lime green. (Not neon, but certainly bold.) I like using it in small accents to bring life to a room!

  66. Bonnie P says:

    I love green of almost all shades and yes I do have green on my kitchen walls and hallway.

  67. MelodyJ says:

    I like Aqua. It’s the paint color on the bathroom walls.

  68. Sheila says:

    My favorite shade of green is a chartreuse, followed by a blue green. I love the pop of color either of these give. I’ve actually used these colors more outside on my deck than inside, and have a chartreuse throw pillow that I just love on a settee out there. I guess green just makes me happy, and that’s a good thing!

  69. Lauren E. says:

    I LOVE the color honeydew green. We actually painted a wall in our living room honeydew, and the other 3 walls dark grey. It really brightened the room.

  70. Meg says:

    I have a spring green coverlet and shams which I just pulled out and put on our bed — to herald in spring. Green plants, other accents.

  71. Nancy p says:

    I don’t care for green very much at all. I am a nurse and I can tell you no one ill looks good in green pajamas. However, Benjamin Moore’s Soft Fern is a beautiful color I have used several times and I love it.

  72. Sharde says:

    I love emerald green accents.

  73. Anu says:

    Love the color! used it (don’t remember the paint name – it was a benjamin moore brand) as a accent wall with buttery yellow walls in the living room at one of the places we lived. We always enjoyed the fresh look. People always gave a thumbs up whenever they walked into the room.

  74. Veronica S. says:! I love using a soft mint as an accent color…it just pairs so well with everything and is a nice pop of color without being over-the-top-in-your-face-bright! Keeping my fingers crossed on the giveaway :)

  75. i start getting an itch for greens in the spring, but since winter has been so long here in PA i’ve started earlier than usual! i bought more indoor plants and have them in many rooms, and of course my sunroom where it has been too cold to actually spend time in yet. thanks for offering this.

  76. Nena says:

    Viva la verde! My whole house is accented with greens of one type or another including master bedroom carpet, living room, foyer, office room and one bathroom. I use lots of greenery at Christmas and also have special collections for the other three seasons in shades of green and nature-themed items for my bookcases flanking my fireplace in our living room. I love green! Thank you.

  77. Andrea says:

    Love your blog! Everytime I see your post in my inbox I am nosy which beautiful photos you will send. Green is great, looks very nice :)

  78. Sarah Y says:

    My room is painted Dutch Boy’s Storm Clouds. It looks a bit dark on the chip, but I love the color on the walls. It changes with the light but looks great regardless. Next time I’d have it color matched with a different brand, though – the color is great, but the paint was not.

  79. Alison says:

    We have used green as an accent color in our son’s bedroom.

  80. Jen Banker says:

    My favorite shade of green is an emerald green. I have a sofa close to an emerald green in my family room and its one of my favorite things in there!

  81. Joni says:

    I few years ago, my home was filled with sage green. Now, houseplants are the only green in the house. I do love emerald green.

  82. Cheryl says:

    Green is my favorite color so I love all shades. I have olive green sofas in my family room, as well as green accents throughout my home.

  83. Shelli says:

    I just sewed a pillow cover (using your zippered pillow cover instructions!) using a chartreuse green ikat fabric! I love that edgy color!

  84. Andrea says:

    I have always used various shades of green in my home and love it for its’ versatility. I’m currently enjoying collecting the lovely shade of jadeite for my kitchen.

  85. Jessie C. says:

    I like forest green in sweaters and purses.

  86. I really love mossy colors or aqua. Maybe because I’ve already started spring decorating and have moss all over. :)

  87. Kelsi says:

    I have the most stunning moss green wingback claw-footed chair that I got reupholstered a few years ago. It grounds our family room of white, brown, and yellow. It is definitely our conversation piece, and as an antique, it should be!

  88. Lynne says:

    I love every shade of green! I used to mix it with gold and marroon but now I’m in a blue phase…green looks great with blue.

  89. Kathleen says:

    Green has been my fav color for a long time ( althought blue is becoming a strong runner up) and I have it as a wall color in my kitchen/family room and well as a carpet in the dining room.

  90. Michelle says:

    My favorite color of green is Kelly green. I don’t have much green in my house, but this post is inspiring me to use some green!

  91. Grace says:

    I love green, actually all shades of green. I use it as accent colors throughout my house, especially my bedroom has soft avocado green walls :) I can’t wait for spring!!!!!

  92. Lori says:

    I think Kelly green is my favorite at the moment. I love to look outside my windows and see all the different shades of green in the landscape!

  93. Angie Kaonohi says:

    I love green! Right now I am crushing on apple green, especially in the kitchen!

  94. Haley says:

    I love green. One day, when I own a house, I want emerald green walls in my office.

  95. Elena says:

    My favorite is emerald green. We have green curtains in our house

  96. I love green. My house is i green, grey, white and yellow. Loving that colour

    Have a great weekend

  97. Nicole says:

    My favorite shade of green is emerald green, and I love using green as an accent color in my living room, e.g. the throw on my sofa.

  98. Melissa says:

    I painted the biggest room in my house a bright, spring-y green and I love it! It’s not for everyone but I think it’s fresh and fun. :)

  99. Aimee says:

    It would be nearly impossible for me to pick my favorite shade of green. I’ve got my office painted a mint green, and my husband’s office is a deep hunter green. I love how green is such a refreshing color. I never get tired of it!

  100. Linda R. says:

    I love a more subtle green. Something with gray undertones. I use a lot of greens in our home.

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