Emerald Inspiration: Decorating with Green

This weekend, Adam and I FINALLY made some design headway with the house. After 3 trips to Joann Fabrics yesterday, and a lovely “discussion” about the purpose of looking at approximately 5,293 styles and colors of fabric options, we finally have some of the foundation figured out (maybe painting is in our future?). Those choices then turned into Adam asking, “what do you think about green as an accent color for the living/dining room?”

Green is a great color. I love green. I look good in green, my eyes sometimes appear green, I rocked my green and white plaid school uniform at Foxcroft. But there are just so many types of green. So hunny, here are some greens that I think we could work with.

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1. Pure, Emerald Green. This collection of emerald pillows with a crisp emerald and white curtain popped up on Pinterest via Three Pink Dots. I’m a fan of this pure kind of green that’s slightly darker and square in the middle. Really anything that has that rolling Irish hills feeling is good by me.

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2. Pops of Tropical Green. This eclectic Hollywood regency bedroom was featured in Lonny Magazine a few summers ago, but still feels fresh and on-trend. The botanical-print chair, vibrant tropical green walls and amazing wallpapered ceiling are just a step away from preppy overload. Also, this totally feels like it belongs in New Zealad (which I love).

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3. Kelly Green. Designer Tobi Fairley‘s living room is absolutely amazing. Check out those geometric kelly green wingback chairs! Her before and after shots really make you want to drool just a little, in hopes that you could make your “after” look so chic. I would love to just pluck the accessories out of this photo, from the green lamps to the gold sun mirror and even those Greek-style statuettes. But the green striped pillows? Not quite right for me.

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4. Kate Spade Green. This ultra-chic porch is happening at our house. I’m going to up up a tented area next to our future patio featuring these big bold stripes. Then I can pop a hammock or some hanging chairs underneath for all-weather outdoors relaxation. And this is one of those phantom Pinterest images that you just can’t quite find the origin of, but at least I know I love it.

Oh, and this Kate Spade style green is also on the list for decorating ideas.

Now that we’ve gone through greens we can work with, here are a few that are probably not going to happen:

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This citron green color is just not my thing. I don’t care how many Lilly Pulitzer prints it shows up in, I’m just not a fan of this range of yellow-green colors.

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A bright green front door is a fun pop of color against a crisp white house, but let’s be honest. We’re so far away from even thinking about the outside of our house (not to mention our plethora of doors) that I can’t even comprehend what color our front door might end up.

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These awesome shiny walls are so pretty and shiny, but that’s one thing we already don’t like about our house. We’re trying to stay away from the overly shiny, and I really don’t think our massive living/dining room (28′ long by 15′ wide!!) can handle this much color. Or well, that we could handle this much color in it.

So, what are your favorite ways to decorate with green? What shades would you use or stay away from?

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