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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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