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Decorating With Green on a Budget

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Decorating With Green on a Budget

A soft scheme of muted greens compliment this light and airy living room. © Behr Paints: Walls - Laurel Mist 430E-3; Fireplace Aspen Aura 470F-4; Ceiling - Mystical Sea 430E-2.

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” Pedro Calderon de la Barca

The color green has always been one of the most popular colors in home decorating and has yet to experience a season where it is not sought after for interiors. Though green is popular and will probably continue to be so, decorating with green can definitely present a challenge.

The color green has many faces, many varieties and many personalities. To make it even more difficult, and just when you think you have got a shade of green figured out, it can change with the light in a matter of moments.

Some greens can be the most versatile of colors, easily blending into a variety of environments or fading into the background like a neutral. Other greens can be brash and bold, demanding attention and difficult to work with, yet giving an interior space the punch it needs to come alive. Still other greens can evoke bad feelings of school lunchrooms and hospital wards, while some greens remind of us spring rains and rebirth as they adorn a baby's nursery.

So when decorating with green, how does one get it right? Read on for tips for decorating with green while creating beautiful rooms with this fascinating color.

  • Soft sage greens and gray-greens can work great as neutrals in a space, and many warm grays will often appear green in natural light. Feel free to use these greens as you would any neutral color - use them to cover large areas in a space. These greens also make a great color for furnishings and drapes and won't grow tiresome like bolder colors will.

  • When building a color scheme with green, remember the catch phrase, "Muted shades marry." In other words, muted, grayed or smokey greens work well with other muted colors. For example, pair a muted spring green with a smokey taupe and deeply muted peacock blue for a rich color palette.

  • And just as muted shades should marry, clear tones of green mix well with other clear tones. For example, a lime or citrus green looks great when partnered with a bright tangerine, clear bright yellow, clear turquoise or other bright, clear colors.

  • Strong deep greens like emerald or kelly greens work great as accent colors and can be used to create a sophisticated yet traditional color palette. They bounce well with other bold simple colors like royal blue and primary red.

  • Hunter green isn't out of style; it has just evolved. To avoid the 80s look, don't combine it with a dark muted palette like burgundy or navy. Instead, try mixing it with a lighter shade of the same green or more contemporary colors such as orange, robin's egg blue or citron yellow. (For more hunter green room ideas, this is a good article.)

  • If you love a vintage feel, antique green glass can be found on a dime and can look beautiful in a light-filled room. Or repurpose green wine and other bottles into nifty and beautiful decor.

  • If you love a bold contemporary look, try combining pear green with black and white. This three-color scheme will look fresh, funky and fun!

  • When decorating with green, don't forget the real thing. Live plants and natural greenery such as moss and dried ferns can greatly enhance a space and can be added to a room for little cost.

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