Ideas for Decorating With Green

From dusty moss to vibrant lime, emerald, olive, or sage, green enriches our rooms with one of nature’s favourite hues. With the ability to bring the outside in, using the colour green in our home is one of the best ways to create a welcoming space. In honour of Spring’s imminent arrival, we’re sharing our top tips in bringing this colour into your home. Whether bold and fearless or pale and interesting, we’re sure it’s a look you’ll love.

Decorating with Houseplants

Mantis light display unit decorated with plants

Mantis Light display unit / Gainsborough 3 seater sofa

One of the easiest ways to bring green into your home décor is through a house plant collection. No matter what your colour palette, a burst of life will always create a look that’s alive and inviting. Consider a family of large leafy specimens to place on bookshelves for an air of freshness, with both the plants’ contribution to your colour scheme and to the oxygen-rich qualities of the room.

Brooklyn desk / Brooklyn metal dining chair / Brooklyn large bookcase / Brooklyn small bookcase

If you are thinking about creating a bold statement with paint and plants, we love the idea of having a corner full of different species of botany, creating a multi-layered look with splashes of rich green. This looks particularly fantastic with industrial-style furniture as it creates an urban jungle feel, while walls of a neutral shade balance the vibrancy.

For more ideas, check out our post on decorating with plants here.

Accessorise with Green

Romsey natural oak bedroom

Romsey tallboy / Romsey double bed / Romsey side table

This simple bedroom has come to life with the addition of a green throw and a few choice accents in emerald, sage and deep turquoise. For those who feel nervous about adding colour to a neutral home, accessories are the perfect way to try out the look without a huge commitment.

Neutral Hercules Bedroom Design

Hercules double wardrobe / Hercules side table / Hercules double bed / Hercules bedside table

Accessorising has worked in a similar fashion here, showing you how different shades of green (here, a pastel pistachio runs throughout) are complemented by different wood finishes. The neutrality of the medium dark-stained wood and the coal coloured accents make the light green a calming element of the bedroom.

Kemble painted oak bedroom

Kemble chest / Kemble double bed

Wood furniture doesn’t just have to have a natural stain to look gorgeous with green: painted furniture gives a crisp edge to any room, and here green adds texture to a space. Pair similar shades of green with artwork to create consistency, or add deep blues to create a colour scheme which emulates the richness of nature.

Paint It Green

Wooden bedroom furniture with dusky toned accessories

Canterbury bedside table / Canterbury double bed / Canterbury double wardrobe

For those wishing to create a calm and restful space, why not try a sage green on the walls and complement this look with accents of deep rust and shades of blue? This colour combination creates a relaxing space with plenty of interest.

Classic Sideboard, green walls with geometric print wallpaperDartmouth green is a beautiful, sumptuous colour, but can look a bit too dark in a room if its entirely coloured in this dark, mossy shade. Instead, consider painting one wall in this opulent colour and pair with white walls and light oak furniture to create levels of interesting contrast.

Painted chest of drawers against green wall

St.Ives chest

This darker shade of sage green evokes a certain coolness, especially paired with grey painted furniture and likeminded colours. Thanks to its earthiness, it feels familiar as it’s found throughout nature.

Use Bold Prints

Blue Themed BedroomBevel bedside table / Alto double bed

One way to pair greens is to choose colours that are directly next to it on the colour wheel. Pair greens with a cool undertone, such as teal, with splashes of blue for a subtle contrast.

Grey armchair against a sorbet geometric feature wall

On the other side of the colour wheel, greens can be paired with warm undertones such as reds or a bright yellow lamp to create a fun, vibrant feel with loads of personality.

For more ideas on pairing green, check out our post on using green with pink.

Using Green as a Neutral

Willow grey oak coffee table

Willow coffee table / Jasmine 3 seater sofa

This relaxing and cosy living room creates the perfect ambiance with the cool grey wash finish of the Willow range paired with soft sage green walls. Green has the ability to make us feel calm and this colour is the perfect look for a welcoming space.

How will you be using green in your home this year? We’d love to hear from you! Tweet us at @OFLoakfurniture or tag us on Instagram.