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A palette grounded in mossy greens and neutral shades of gray and brown is easily adaptable and will lend a cozy feel to nearly any space in your home. Keep reading for ideas on how to decorate with forest hues.
This dining room's moss-green walls surround old-world treasures, but the room still embodies an up-to-the-minute spirit. Paired with a modern Parsons table, antique Italian side chairs stand out. Wing chairs are updated with pewter nail heads, and sterling candlesticks gain new dimension when encased in hand-blown hurricane lamps. The pendant fixture keeps it all contemporary.
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In this dining room, the homeowner chose a dark stain for the table to set off painted chairs. Similarly, an antique sideboard stands out against the mushroom-gray walls. The chandelier adds a hint of color.
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Nothing shows off the sculptural forms of white china better than a deeply colored background. Although a traditional mahogany cabinet would offer the same contrast, a color such as this forest green delivers a more custom look. We painted the cupboard in a high-gloss finish, to highlight the contours of the wood; the room's walls got the same color, but in a flat finish.
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Chinese tables sit in front of a modern sofa upholstered in Belgian linen, a wooden lamp brings a sense of nature indoors, and Buddhist Quan Yin figurines gather on an Indonesian table.
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A Lee Jofa curtain fabric inspired this bedroom's woodsy color scheme, reflected in the silk-shag area rug and leather seating. The contemporary chaise is based on early-20th-century Wiener Werkstatte designs. The homeowners choose earthy materials -- bronze, leather, rattan, walnut, and marble -- throughout the room and the rest of the house.
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The wall color in this kitchen is matched to the cupboards, and the gentle, cool tones make a cohesive whole of many diverse features.
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Green can be as captivating indoors as it is in the garden. In this sleek, contemporary setting, vibrant linen slipcovers on a tuxedo sofa and throw pillow are used as an assertive accent. The color appears even more prominent against gray walls and neutral furniture; a pair of leather boxes is the only reiteration of the bright green.
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A mural of trees in this guest bedroom pays homage to the beautiful landscape just outside its windows.
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Brown and GreenThe intense green of these platters and seat cushions would overpower most other colors. But the rich brown of this furniture more than holds its own. Together, the two hues enhance each other, evoking the beauty of a forest. A bowl overflowing with ferns is a fitting woodland touch.
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The walls in this room, which resemble tree bark, are adorned with a collection of American tinsel paintings. An English grain-painted chair, circa 1830, is covered in striped horsehair; the stool is also from the 19th century.
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Just like in nature, woods intermingle with spectacular results. Against a cumin-colored wall, this walnut writing desk is paired with a fruitwood chair; maple, birch, and cherry boxes; and a mahogany-framed sepia photograph.
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A great unifier, green can be used to bring together different decorative elements. In this family room, all of the details are painted the same shamrock green. Green molding wraps around the room like a bright ribbon; the same color emphasizes the lines of the table and chairs. To keep the look from becoming monotonous, the owners used both matte and glossy paint and introduced a graphic check fabric. A felt table mat in a deeper olive provides the final punctuation.
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In a luminous white setting, this rich brown has the impact of black, without the harshness. The sofa is upholstered with velvet the color of fertile ground; white piping makes the fabric look even darker. A varied collection of smoky-glass bottles and vases lightens the mood.
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A wood ceiling gives a warm touch to this master bedroom, as do the walls, which are painted a pale blue-gray. Everything added to the room has simple lines, from the bed to the square nesting tables.
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Pairing the color of sky and trees creates a most soothing bedroom.
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