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Decorating: Rooms with Green Palettes

Rooms dressed in fresh, glamorous greens

Written by Lucy Fitzgerald
  • Joe Schmelzer

    Emerald accents, mossy upholstery, hints of sage­–any room could use a verdant pick-me-up. And it’s twice as nice when an entire room is alive with green tones, from curtains to rugs to bedding. Read on for our favorite rooms dressed in vibrant, natural, gorgeous greens.

    Guest Room in Exotic Greens

    A Hawaiian bedroom incorporates elements of the tropical landscape outside, like the electric green colors and leafy motif on the beds and rug. The carved Victorian beds are heirloom pieces from the homeowner’s father’s childhood.

    Interior design: Mary Philpotts McGrath

  • Gordon Beall

    Modern Green Family Room

    A pair of sofas from Donghia are covered in green “Oxytone” fabric from Donoff Textiles make this family room comfortable and inviting. The “New Leaf” rug was custom-colored to complement the room’s palette.

    See more of David Herchik's home here. 

    Interior design: David Herchik

  • Robert Brantley

    Master Bedroom in Soothing Greens

    Sage-green walls in this bedroom establish the color palette. The classic four-poster bed is dressed in layers of mossy and minty hues. A needlepoint rug with green accents grounds the space.

    Interior design: Jack Fhillips

  • Jack Gardner

    "Green" Green Kitchen

    A kitchen made of earth-friendly materials and energy-efficient appliances combines luxury and sustainability. Cabinets are painted sage with lighter green insets to provide depth. Countertops are made of cool gray granite to complement the room’s palette.

    See more of this beach home. 

    Kitchen design: Susan Massey

  • John Bessler and Squire Fox

    Dressing Room in Electric Greens

    Designer Kat Burki infused this spacious showhouse dressing room with bright chartreuse and apple-green. “Strong colors supply meaning and definition that give these areas special significance,” she says.

    See more of the 2009 Hampton Designer Showhouse here.

    Interior design: Kat Burki

  • John Bessler

    Garden-Like Breakfast Room

    A breakfast room takes on a verdant air with green-and-white fabrics throughout. Vines creep along the room’s area rug from Patterson, Flynn, & Martin. A similar pattern covers the chair cushions. Drapery from the Kelly Wearstler Collection adds a graphic punch at the windows.

    See more of this Neo-Georgian renovation here.

    Interior design: Janet Simon

  • Gordon Beall

    Classic Bedroom in Mint Green

    Green gets fresh in this guest room. A wallpaper from Cowtan & Tout repeats on the bed and upholstered settee at the foot of the four-poster.

    See more of this home on the following slides.

  • Gordon Beall

    Charming Green Sitting Area

    In the room’s sitting area, the toile wallpaper provides a complementary backdrop to tufted slipper chairs covered in plaid from Scalamandré and a table skirt from Brunschwig & Fils.

  • Gordon Beall

    Elegant Green-and-White Master Bath

    White-and-green sheers frame the arched window of this master bath, which boasts the home’s restful palette of soft greens. A wall covering from Scalamandré lends texture without demanding too much attention.

    See the rest of this lovely home. 

    Interior design: Anne Page

  • Joe Schmelzer

    Apple-Green Dining Room

    “Adam’s Gold” wall paint from Benjamin Moore lightens up this dining room. A classic antique hutch and refinished dining table create a comfortable contrast with the untraditional palette.

    See more of this Colonial remodel.

    Interior design: Ellen Small

  • Michael Luppino

    Green and Healthy Bedroom

    A mint-green bedroom calms with its serene palette. The upholstered headboard, bed skirt, and window treatments are made with 100% cotton fabric that hasn’t been treated with chemicals to ensure a healthy night’s rest.

    See the rest of this super-green bedroom.

    Interior design: Trudy Dujardin

  • Robert Brantley

    Electric Green Showhouse Library

    This showhouse library makes a serious statement with walls painted in “Lime Rickey” from Sherwin-Williams. Complementary accents in yellow and contrasting black-and-white keep the mood light. The palette was inspired by Queen Charlotte’s drawing room in Buckingham Palace.

    See more of the 2012 Red Cross Palm Beach Showhouse.

    Interior design: Allan Reyes

  • Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company, 2007

    Olive Green Hollywood Bedroom

    A bedroom in lustrous olive green is a quiet haven on the set of the 2007 film The Nanny Diaries. Silk embroidered fabrics add a touch of shine against dark wood and a classic floral wall covering.

    See more of the Hollywood set.

  • Ron Blunt

    Focal Point in Vibrant Green

    Mary Douglas Drysdale coated a sitting room filled with traditional in eye-catching greens. A secretary that Drysdale designed herself is framed with blue china plates to establish the room’s focal point.

    See more of this colorful home.

    Interior design: Mary Douglas Drysdale

  • Steven Randazzo

    Green and Gold Master Bedroom

    Golden details illuminate the master bedroom, decorated in cool sage and an ivy motif. The Colefax & Fowler “Fuchsia” wallpaper inspired the restful color scheme. The gold-leaf canopy bed was created by homeowner and designer Annie Selke for her home furniture line.

    See more of this home on the following slide.

    Interior design: Annie Selke

  • Steven Randazzo

    Cool Green Living Room with Pops of Color

    A living room boasts elegant hues of green punctuated with vibrant throw pillows on the pair of settees. Striped wallpaper from Farrow & Ball lend texture.

    See the rest of this gorgeous home here.

    Interior design: Annie Selke

  • John Bessler

    Energetic Green Family Room

    Apple-green walls energize this family room. The unconventional hue lends a modern element to an otherwise traditional space.

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    Interior design: Betty Murdock

  • Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

    Rich Green Living Room

    This living room is covered in rich green tones, giving it a welcoming yet wild ambience. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow for a great view of the lush backyard, which introduces even more of the verdant hue.

    See more of this home on the following slides.

  • Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

    Rich Green Living Room Mantel

    An elegant antique pine mantel lends traditional charm to the uniquely colored space. Plates and other decorative pieces dot the wall above to add texture.

  • Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

    Rich Green Formal Dining Room

    In the dining room, botanical prints and a celery-green cheetah print wall covering emphasize the home’s nature-inspired palette. A sisal carpet underfoot keeps the mood casual.

    See more of this designer's all-green home.

    Interior design: Bill Murphy

  • Francesco Lagnese

    Classic Bedroom in Cool Greens

    Cool greens surround this classic four-poster in casual serenity. Draperies from Clarence House feature a floral pattern that complements the neutral tones of the area rug below. A waffle-weave blanket on the bed lends texture.

    See more of this New York apartment with West Coast style.

    Interior design: Benjamin Bradley and David Thiergartner

  • Elizabeth Glasgow

    Eco-Friendly Green Kitchen

    An eco-friendly kitchen takes the phrase “being green” literally.  Walls are painted with a zero-VOC paint from Sherwin-Williams’ Harmony Interior Latex collection, which also resist mildew.

    See the rest of this smart and stylish kitchen.

    Kitchen design: Vasi Ypsilantis

  • Edmund Barr

    Gorgeous Green Sunroom with Playful Patterns

    Drapery panels in a large-print giraffe pattern flow to the floor of this showhouse sunroom with vaulted ceilings. Lime green covers the pair of chairs accented with leopard-print pillows; white detailing throughout keeps the palette crisp.

    Interior design: Lawrence Boeder

  • Tony Williams

    Zesty Green Corner Space

    Graphite gray soothes out the pea-green walls of this corner space, while Imperial yellow complements the zesty hue.

    Interior design: Amanda Nisbet

  • Emily Minton-Redfield

    Dining Room Dressed in Green

    A formal dining room is wrapped in green striped wall upholstery. Rich woods and bronze details let the sage hues take center stage.

    Interior design: Julio Quiñones

  • William Stites

    Green Master Bedroom with Pops of Pink

    A master bedroom glows in greens with feminine details. Walls the color of palm fronds alludes to the home’s coastal proximity, and are lightened up with minty tones and crisp whites. A floral Wilton carpet, pottery plates, and floral prints inject pops of pink.

    See more of this colorful beach house.

    Interior design: Betsy Speert