How to decorate with green, the most peaceful of colours

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  • Looking for ways to decorate with green? Whether you want a bold green wall paint, patterned wallpaper or a more muted accent, these looks are here to inspire you

    Humans have long been programmed to feel relaxed around the colour green. Back in more primitive times, the presence of green meant that water was nearby and there would be no danger of starvation. Even now that we live in more comfortable environments, this hard-wired instinct remains, meaning we associate green with peace, balance and harmony. So what could be a better colour for your interiors?

    If you’re wondering how to decorate with green, take a look at the ideas below for inspiration. From prints to block colours and wallpaper to tiles, there’s sure to be something you’ll love.

    Get back to nature

    Apple green living room how to decorate with green

    Image credit: David Brittain

    Green is the colour of nature, so it couldn’t be more appropriate for fabrics and wallpapers that feature plant motifs. Here, the key to the wallpaper and curtain prints working together is their white backgrounds, which create a unified look, rather than a clash.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Laurel wallpaper, £43 a roll, Sanderson at Wallpaper Direct
    Buy now: Verona sofa, £2,819, and Verona armchair, £1,729, both upholstered in Romo Asuri Oregano, Multiyork

    Pick statement furniture

    Green dining room chairs how to decorate with green

    Image credit: Paul Raeside

    Colour doesn’t have to dominate your room to make an impact, as is clearly illustrated in this beautiful dining room. Statement dining chairs upholstered in velvety emerald-green fabric are the only colourful pieces here, but if anything, it makes them more impactful. The luxe material also provides a wonderful juxtaposition to the more natural and neutral finishes in the rest of the room.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar upholstery fabric, Kvadrat
    Buy now: similar table, Heal’s

    Combine paper and paint

    Botanical wallpaper living room how to decorate with green

    Image credit: Dominic Blackmore

    Want to try a wallpaper, but don’t want it to be all over the walls? Find a compromise by papering up to the picture rail and then painting above it. For the perfect pairing, pick a shade in a similar tone to your wallpaper so that the two elements blend well together.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Branch wallpaper, Morris & Co at Wallpaper Direct
    Buy now: footstool upholstery fabric, Moon

    Go bold with emerald

    Emerald green wall how to decorate with green

    Image credit: Emma Lee

    Green comes in all sorts of hues, so if you’re a fan of strong colours, you’ll easily find a bold shade within the fabulous green colour palette. This wall paint creates a vibrant entrance hall and, teamed with dramatic artworks and mid-century furniture, creates a space you’ll definitely not forget.

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar paint, Green Verditer Matt Emulsion, £47 2.5L, Little Greene at Designer Paint
    Buy now: similar sideboard, Made

    Mix green with white

    Apple green dining room how to decorate with green

    Image credit: David Brittain

    Stick to two main colours – apple green and pure white – and you can mix in as many patterns as you like without it looking busy. So that the prints don’t become overwhelming, make use of plain white to balance the look. A small section of white wall and the tablecloth work their magic here.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Veranda Trellis wallpaper, £63 a roll, Zoffany at John Lewis
    Buy now: curtains in Gingko Trail Winter Rocket, £36 m, Sanderson at Jane Clayton

    Paint a block colour

    Apple green home office how to decorate with green

    Image credit: David Brittain

    This pale green is such a light and calm colour that you can get away with using it in large areas without making the room seem smaller. Choose accessories in complementary hues in a fun mix of patterns, but don’t go overboard – glass pieces will help to tone things down.

    Get the look
    Buy now: walls painted in Farrow & Ball Cooking Apple Green Matt Emulsion, £43.49 for 2.5ltr, Homebase
    Buy now: Eucalyptus Glass Bottle Table Lamp, £116, Hannah Madden

    Choose a brave combination

    Blue and green mix how to decorate with green

    Image credit: David Brittain

    We’ve all heard that green and blue should not be seen, but this room totally defies the colour rule. Whether you fancy the mellow blues and greens of the wallpaper or love the lively injections of zesty block colours, it’s easier than you think to mix these two hues.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Seaweed wallpaper, £65 a roll, Morris & Co at John Lewis
    Buy now: The Oscar sofa in Cobalt Smart Velvet, Sofa.com

    Go for a moody hue

    Bedroom with sage green walls how to decorate with green

    Image credit: Lisa Cohen

    If you’re not in to pale green or bright green, you might like a darker shade. Ideal for creating a soothing and super-relaxed look in the bedroom, this wall paint makes a great backdrop to white sheets. A modern bedside table with a sheeny finish adds a bit of sparkle and stops the deep colours from looking ‘flat.’

    Get the look
    Buy now: similar cushion, Not On The High Street
    Buy now: similar paint, Crown

    Add colour with tiles

    Mint green bathroom tiles how to decorate with green

    Image credit: David Giles

    Metro tiles are all the rage, but why not give them a new look with a pale sage colour? Used from floor to ceiling, they create a cool and contemporary look that lets the white fittings shine. Slate flooring is a good choice, as it adds texture and depth to the scheme, as does the warm wood of the vanity unit.

    Get the look
    Buy now: Peppermint Satin Oblong Tiles, £28.45 m sq, Walls and Floors
    Buy now: Nevo Freestanding Bath, £1,099, Bathstore

    Green, in all its broad spectrum of tones, is a great decorating choice that will work in any room. And as green is Pantone’s colour of the year, it’s sure to be super popular in 2017. Wherever you choose to use it, we know you’ll love it.

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