Green living room ideas – gorgeous verdant schemes that soothe the soul

After green living room ideas? Of all the cool colors, green is perhaps the most versatile

Green living room ideas featuring muted green walls, a black fireplace, beige sofas and gallery artwork.
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Green living room ideas promise to renew your connection to nature, and the color green is said to evoke feelings of balance, vibrancy and good fortune. 

Whether a touch of emerald is what you’re after or mint is more your thing, we’ve compiled a handy guide to decorating with the season’s hottest hue. 

With green available in a whole host of shades, it’s easy to find decor and living room paint ideas that will suit your look and give your scheme a seasonal lift, whether it’s a large-scale makeover for the living room or simple styling project. 

Green living room ideas

Consulting basic color theory will ensure your scheme is soothing and that it flows effectively from room to room. Our favorite living room ideas – using a variety of green hues – will inspire you.

1. Introduce a botanical feel

A green living room with bright green floral and geometric patterned wallpaper behind a blue sofa and neutral accessories.

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From arboretum-inspired motifs to hothouse plant life, foliage takes on a fresh look this season. It’s time to welcome all things green and pleasant into the home. 

Energising and uplifting, plants and plant motifs have huge decorative potential in the home and enduring appeal. Fabric and wallpaper ideas featuring botanical prints are pretty without being over-feminine, and they work just as well in modern, country or classic schemes. 

In this botanical-inspired green living room, trellis wallpaper speaks of blissful summer days in the garden. Working geometric motifs into the scheme gives the finished look a modern edge.

2. Go for an all-over green living room

Dark green living room ideas with turquoise textured wallpaper, built-in wall storage and a squared off sectional with pink and blue cushions.

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Is there any color more suited to 2021 than green? At at time where our happiness and health have seemed more important than ever, it's only right that we'd want to surround ourselves in shades that symbolise nature, growth and renewal. 

Deep green is also effective in creating a natural, grounding feel in industrial, tech-heavy homes, working well to encourage a connection with nature. And as the two colors most regularly seen together in nature, combining green and blue living room ideas requires our eyes to do little, to no, adjusting, which is perfect for creating a feeling of restfulness and harmony – even in small living rooms.

3. Blur the lines in a modern green living room

Modern, dark green living room with olive green paint, wooden bench and gallery wall of abstract art.

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Be brave when choosing living room color schemes in modern spaces. 

Keeping the floor the same color as the furniture helps to blend the room together – if nothing stands out, then your eye will flow around a space, and in a small living room this can be key to making it feel larger.

4. Highlight architectural details with a green palette

Small green living room decor ideas with green panelled walls, white window frames and fireplace, floral rocking chair and wooden bureau desk

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Take inspiration from a bygone era by painting your period home in a heritage green color. Not only will this highlight architectural details, but will also provide the perfect backdrop for vintage furniture, heirloom pieces and accents of pattern and texture.

If you think your living room is too small for a deep green scheme, then look above. The fifth wall is often an afterthought when it comes to redecorating, but done right, it can make a real difference to a small room. 

As long as your ceiling is painted in a paler color than your walls, no matter what the color, your ceilings will feel higher, helping narrow, long living rooms feel more spacious.

5. Keep it modern with a white and green color palette

White and green living room idea with striped blinds, green and white patterned sofa and armchairs and a gallery wall.

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Forget gray living room ideas – green and white is a color combination like no other. This striking duo lends itself to leaf prints and botanical patterns. It will create a fresh, natural look to suit every space from traditional, country to modern. 

As a rule of thumb, cool-leaning greens and yellow-toned greens like lime, fern, jade and emerald work best when used with white living room ideas.

6. Go for pattern-on-pattern in a green living room scheme

A white and green living room featuring green and white patterned wallpaper and matching armchair in front of a stone fireplace with large gilt mirror.

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Connecting to nature is more important than ever, and you can achieve this by using touches of green in your living room – the most used room in the home. 

An easy way to introduce color to a living room is to go bold with your walls. Whether you opt for a beautiful, bright paint color, or choose a wallpaper in a vivid green tone, you can really transform a room quickly and easily. 

Here, the contemporary green and white scheme gives this otherwise neutral living room a light touch, despite the pattern-on-pattern approach.

7. Embrace a variety of green tones

Nina Campbell's green home decor tips, green wallpaper and chair in a botanical green living room scheme.

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Why stick to one green when you can decorate with many? Choosing a tonal palette allows you to explore your favorite green in all its forms, from barely-there pale versions perfect for walls to deep, dark iterations for defining accents. 

The key to this trick is keeping the scheme to one pure color – in the case of this green living room, a warm grass hue – and going either lighter or darker from there. 

8. Paint a country living room in an olive green

An olive green living room with white sofa, and sisal carpet and Ikat patterned ottoman in a country home.

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Soothing olive green brings a warm, enveloping and earthy aesthetic to any space. It works particularly well in living rooms with good natural light, as the sunlight enhances and warms the softer tone almost making it glow, says Judy Smith of Crown. 

But research recently carried out by Oxford University and paint manufacturers Valspar revealed another aspect to the color green: it makes the room feel two degrees warmer. 

Perfect, in other words, for a space that you want to feel cozy, like a living room snug, or one that's starved of warm natural daylight, such as a room that faces north or east.

9. Go bold with a dark green 

A green living room with built-in alcove storage either side of a vintage fireplace, leather armchair and red and blue patterned Persian rug.

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There's no rule that says you can't use dark living room ideas in a small space – in fact, if the room is lit well and has large enough windows and a south- or west-facing aspect, a dark green living room can look beautiful and make a smaller space feel really welcoming. 

Fresh, cool green can create a relaxing atmosphere in any room. It is associated with nature, outdoors, growth and creativity and, as it is such an organic shade, it is very easy to live with. The important thing is to pair whatever hue you choose with the right accent color, like the warm red above, to create a feeling of flow throughout a room.

10. Use a daring color combination

A modern green living room with blue velvet sofa, glass coffee table and wall-mounted antlers.

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Blue and green is a color combination that shouldn't work, but when done right, it can really sing out. Color can have a profound effect on mood, and a bright scheme can uplift the senses as well as adding depth to an interiors scheme. 

Spaces with unexpected color combinations, such as green and blue, can work well. However, try to provide relief with some neutral touches, like white woodwork, or introduce texture to break up the look.

‘Combining color is a perfect and affordable way to create an impressive design statement, by applying a modest amount of color for maximum impact. It’s an easy trend to assimilate but does require bravery. 

'We all experience color differently from one another and each will have an energy that appeals. Work with your instincts. Have confidence in your whims, and look at the clothes in your wardrobe for color inspiration,' says interior designer Andrea Maflin.

Is green a good color for the living room?

Green is a gorgeous color choice for a living room. All colors complement this verdant color – including brights, like red; cool tones, like blues; and naturals, such as brown or beige living room ideas

Begin by deciding which shade, or shades, of green you want to incorporate into your space. Different tones will create unique moods, so be sure to take a look at your options. 

Think about going for a paint makeover if you want a more permanent transformation. Collect emulsion samples and remember to test the colors out in various areas of the room, as they can appear different depending on light.

If you want to decorate a large area in one color, go for a light shade to avoid making the space feel dark. Pastel or sage green will add character to your room whilst still making it feel light and airy.

Choose a deeper, forest green if you’re after a more traditional look for your home. This color works well for creating a cozy living room space when paired with creams or maroons.

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. 


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