Green living room ideas – 10 gorgeous verdant schemes that soothe the soul

Green living room ideas promise to renew your connection to nature and are 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 one to suit your look and give your scheme a seasonal lift, whether it’s a large-scale makeover for the living room or a simple styling project. 

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

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1. INTRODUCE A BOTANICAL FEEL

A bright green floral and geometric patterned wallpaper behind a blue sofa and neutral accessories.
(Image credit: Future / Polly Wreford)

From arboretum-inspired motifs to hothouse plant life, the 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. Botanical prints for fabrics and wallpaper are pretty without being over-feminine and they work just as well in modern, country, or classic schemes. Here, this trellis wallpaper speaks of blissful summer days in the garden. Working geometric motifs into the scheme gives the finished look a modern edge.

Our peel and stick Wallpaper is easy to apply and take off, leaving no adhesive residue. Featuring sharp, vibrant images, Wallpaper patterns are ideal for accent walls, flat surfaces, and temporary installations (like parties!). Available in three floor-to-ceiling sizes.

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2. GO FOR AN ALL-OVER GREEN LIVING ROOM

Dark living room ideas with green wallpaper
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Is there any color more suited to 2021 than green? At a 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 symbolize nature, growth, and renewal. 

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

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Filled with a fluffy faux-down insert, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Available in four sizes and all measurements are made without pillow insert.

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3. BLUR THE LINES IN A MODERN GREEN LIVING ROOM

Dark living room with green paint and gallery wall
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Be brave when choosing living room paint ideas. Keeping the floor the same color as the furniture also 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.

Express your style all over your home with a feature-worthy rug. They’re made from a woven, polyester chenille for a soft and textured look. Plus, choosing from our wide array of designs, you’re sure to find just the rug to match your decor. Rugs are one of the best, attention-grabbing pieces to design a room around. Use the colors within the rug to help choose art prints, furniture fabric, and accent pillows.

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4. HIGHLIGHT ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS WITH A GREEN PALETTE

Small living room decor ideas with green walls
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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 a narrow room feel more spacious.

Find somewhere soft to land. Our floor cushions are the super comfy and style-forward option for the boho side of us all. They’re UV coated to protect against fading and water-resistant so you can avoid scrambling to bring them inside whenever there’s a touch of weather. Grab a few to have on hand whenever seating is hard to come by or for a fun option for kids to use out in the yard.

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5. KEEP IT MODERN WITH A WHITE AND GREEN COLOR PALETTE

Living room ideas
(Image credit: Future / Chris Everard)

Forget grey living room ideas – green and white are 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 paired with true white living room ideas.

Our blackout window curtains are a denser alternative to your standard window curtain, blocking out most light and proudly featuring your favorite designs. Whether you live in a busy apartment or a peaceful neighborhood, it’s always nice to have the option to shut out the sun and relax inside by candlelight. Available in either single or double panel options.

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6. GO FOR PATTERN-ON-PATTERN IN A GREEN LIVING ROOM SCHEME

Green room ideas
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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 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 space a light touch, despite the pattern-on-pattern approach.

Add throw pillows to whatever room needs an extra dose of comfy. Filled with a fluffy faux-down insert, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style. Available in four sizes and all measurements are made without pillow insert.

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7. EMBRACE A VARIETY OF GREEN TONES

Nina Campbell's green home decor tips, green wallpaper and chair in living room
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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 on defining accents. 

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

With our Wall Murals, you can cover an entire wall with a rad design – just line up the panels and stick them on. They’re easy to peel off too, leaving no sticky residue behind. With crisp, vibrant colors and images, this stunning wall decor lets you create an amazing permanent or temporary space. Available in two floor-to-ceiling sizes.

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8. PAINT A COUNTRY LIVING ROOM IN AN OLIVE GREEN

Green living room with white sofa and sisal carpet
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Soothing olive green brings a warm, enveloping, and earthy aesthetic to any space – and 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: it makes the room feel two degrees warmer. Perfect, in other words, for a space that you want to feel cozy, such as a bedroom, or one that’s starved of warm natural daylight, such as a room that faces north or east.

The natural fibers offer a breathable option to keep you cool in the summer and toasty in the winter. Plus, just like your favorite pair of jeans, our cotton bedding gets softer after each wash! Available in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, and King sizes.

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9. GO BOLD WITH A DARK GREEN 

Green living room with leather armchair and patterned rug
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There’s no rule that says you can’t have dark colors in a small living room – in fact, if the room is lit well and has large enough windows and south- or west-facing aspect, dark green in a small living room can look beautiful and make 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 to create a feeling of flow throughout a room.

Our customers tell us ALL the time how soft and warm our Throw Blankets are (the secret: Sherpa fleece). Even better, they get softer the more you wash them. They’re a perfect addition to any living room couch. Featuring a crisp, vivid design on the front with a reverse white side.

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10. USE A DARING COLOR COMBINATION

Modern green living room with blue velvet sofa
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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 any interiors scheme. Unexpected color combinations, such as blue living room ideas and greens, can work well but try to provide relief with some neutral touches, like white woodwork, or introducing texture to break up the look and add texture.

Combining color is a perfect and affordable way to create an impressive design statement, achieved 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. Assert your whims, and look at the clothes in your wardrobe for color inspiration,’ says interior designer, Andrea Maflin.

Declutter your space with design. Crafted with 100% eco-friendly bamboo, our serving trays are a versatile accessory—perfect as a coffee table platter, bathroom organizer, or plant holder. Featuring a high-quality print with a glossy finish, available in three sizes.

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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, blues, and naturals, such as browns. 

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 the 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.

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