15 gorgeous green living room ideas – from soft sage hues to vibrant verdigris

Green living room ideas are having a bit of a moment right now. We are seeing more sage, olive, and emerald spaces than we are grey and we are being drawn in by these soothing, mood-lifting hues. It’s such a versatile color to go for too, with so many different shades on offer and so many different color pairings that will work. But what green to choose?

Elegant sage greens seem to be the green du jour. Also a neutral this soft shade has all the versatility of going for grey or cream or even white but it just looks more… interesting and different. A refreshing color that works well in any living room no matter what the style or size. Then you have the very dark and dramatic forest greens, which started life in the kitchens of Pinterest but have since seeped onto living room walls and plush velvet sofas. This look is a tad more daring but still surprisingly easy to get right.

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The possibilities for incorporating shades of green into your décor are endless. You can use it as your foundation color at home or add various green accents to complement your main pieces of furniture. It’s such a calming color and pairs so nicely with neutral creams and beiges and woody shades often already in a home.’ says Noemie Deed, founder of Cosy Coco.

So whether you are after just a dash of green in the form of some accent furniture or want to go all over your walls with this on-trend shade, here are plenty of green living room ideas to get you inspired…

1. HANG A BOLD GREEN WALLPAPER

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Want to bring pattern as well as color into your living room? Wallpaper is a sure-fire way to do both. You’ll find prints to suit all styles from soft, whimsical floral prints to bold tropical-inspired murals, but we love the retro feel of this textured geometric wallpaper. There’s a vintage vibe there but it’s kept a very modern and fresh feeling paired with the crisp white walls and quirky furniture.

IMPORTANT: make sure to order enough panels to cover your wall or surface (size options below). 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. PAIR OLIVES GREENS WITH A FRESH WHITE 

Green and white living room with large fireplace
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Olive green is a really easy shade to work within a living room, it works with both natural and artificial light so you don’t have to worry about your room’s aspect. It’s a very elegant shade too and potentially the easiest green to live with so ideal if you are looking for a four-wall color. 

However, olive can look a bit drab if paired with the wrong colors. It often needs the contrast of a clean white on the ceilings and woodwork to make it feel fresher and brighter.

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. GO FOR AN EMERALD GREEN AND BLACK 

Green living room with black floorboards and green sideboard decorated with houseplants
(Image credit: James Merrell)

And for a more dramatic look pair green with black. Emerald green brings even more drama when paired with darker colors, so pair emerald green furniture with black accents, or even copy this green living room idea and paint the floorboards and woodwork black. Do keep the walls light for some contrast though, we love how this pale sage lifts those more sumptuous hues, adding an extra layer of green tones.

Invite the sun inside on your terms. 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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4. PICK THE CLASSIC PINK AND GREEN COMBO

Georgian townhouse in southwest London

Pink and green must never be seen, right? Couldn’t be more wrong, pink is in fact one of the best colors to pair with green, And really it’s and is not as dramatic a combination as it sounds, they might sit opposite each other on the color wheel, but depending on the shade you go for you can go as subtle or as bold as you like. 

Green and pink are complementary colors, sitting opposite each other on the wheel. This means that the scheme is high impact.’ explains Sarah Spiteri, Editorial Director of Livingetc. ‘Get your proportions right for a truly restorative space – a generous amount of green against touches of pink is gorgeous. Nature-inspired patterns, such as florals or botanicals, are particularly effective when decorating with this combination.’

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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5. SWATHE WALLS IN WATERY GREENS 

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How beautiful is this mottled green living room wallpaper? It looks like watercolor with a lovely mix of green and blue tones. It’s the perfect subtle backdrop to all the prints going on in this space and yet adds a depth that a single color wouldn’t. 

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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6. PAINT THE WOODWORK TO MATCH 

Green living room with built in shelving, armchairs and colorful vintage rug
(Image credit: James Merrell)

Going all over with one shade – woodwork, windows, cabinetry, the lot – works wonders in a small living room, plus looks very sophisticated and minimal. Sticking to just one shade reduces the visual clutter at the walls, meaning you can bring in more decor, colors, and patterns with your furniture. See how it works in this space? Despite the busy mix of prints, the room feels cozy and inviting, not overwhelming.

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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7. OPT FOR A MODERN LOOK WITH GREEN AND GREY

Green living room painted in Farrow & Ball Bancha
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Grey works with lots of different tones of green (just look out for shades that have a more cool grey undertone) but for a simple, contemporary scheme pair a deep, cocooning olive green with a soft mid-grey. Bring in some dark wooden tones too for a slightly retro, Mid-century modern vibe.

From sideshow to show-stopper, our side tables will be a stunning modern accent to your space. Selecting from our wide array of artist’s designs printed with a satin finish on birch wood, you’ll take any room from zero to a hundred. Available in a square or round table top, and black or gold leg colors.

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8. PAIR GREEN SHADES WITH WARM WOOD

Merchant and Found
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Create a very natural, serene vibe in your living room by pairing muted green walls with warm wooden pieces. In this large living room, the wooden tones bring outs out the warmer side of this quite cool olive green  – the perfect combo if you are decorating a north-facing room.

Our Wall Hangings elevate any space by adding texture, dimension and a natural look and feel. Crafted from yarns in varying textures and patterns, these are a unique and easy-to-hang alternative to the standard tapestry. They also come in endless designs, meaning you can find the perfect statement piece that will make your apartment or dorm feel more like home. Available in two sizes.

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9. GO HALF WAY UP WITH A BOLD EMERALD GREEN

Green living room with tiled fireplace
(Image credit: Emma Lee)

Color blocking is a great way to introduce more dramatic shades to your living room without having to fully commit. See how in this green living room a really deep forest green comes just halfway up the wall, the rest is kept neutral so as not to overwhelm the space. This design works really well in small spaces too as it creates the illusion of height.

As experts in the field of sitting down, we thoughtfully crafted our Floor Pillows to be overstuffed, plush and firm. These cushions never lose their shape, and the high-quality print makes sure the design stays crisp and colorful.

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10. USE A GREY GREEN AS A NEUTRAL BACKDROP

Green living room with white fireplace with blue velvet chair
(Image credit: James Merrell)

Pick the right green and you can treat it almost like a neutral, as you would grey or white. A pale grey/green can work as a backdrop for any other color you throw at it and actually can make colors pop more than a white wall would. We love the very simple, matte green walls of this living room pair with the yellow, blues, and reds going on in the rest of the room.

Channeling your inner art collector? Frameless and versatile, canvas prints can be hung on your walls or showcased on a flat surface. There’s just something about canvas that feels so much more arty. Canvas prints available in three sizes.

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11. MIX LIGHT GREENS AND DEEP BLUES

Green living room with blue sofa
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Blue and green come from the same side of the color wheel so it makes sense that these cooler tones would complement each other. Plus these two together create the ultimate calming, relaxing space as both are known to be soothing hues. And you can totally see that in this green living room, even though the sofa is a deep velvety blue when paired with the pale green walls and that lovely grey-toned teal of the footstool the overall look is very calming.

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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12. ADD A POP OF GREEN WITH ACCENT FURNITURE 

Pink living room with house plants
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So we have focused on a lot of green living room ideas that involve walls, but you can add green with your furniture too. Go for everyone’s favorite a velvet deep green sofa or add a retro accent chair, even a large house plant can add the perfect amount of greenery to your living room color scheme.

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13. CREATE A LUXURIOUS VIBE WITH JEWEL TONES

Dark green living room with blue and purple velvet furniture
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It doesn’t get more luxurious than deep teal walls, and jewel-toned velvet furniture. It’s certainly a bold look, but not one to shy away from if you have space and the natural light to handle it. That being said these deep sumptuous colors could work just as well in a small space if you are after an enveloping, cozy look. Just be sure to add in some white on the ceiling and woodwork for contrast.

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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14. BRING IN SOME YELLOW

Interior designers favorite shade of green paint, green living room
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Fresh and invigorating, green and yellow are a lovely combination in a living room. Choose a deep muted green for the walls and pair it with yellow that has green undertones for a very subtle, natural look. Or on the other hand, you could up the contrast and create a more modern feel by pairing a dark forest green with a very vibrant yellow.

The Jack (or Jill) of all trades. Wall tapestries truly can do it all. They’re lightweight and easy to hang on the wall using thumbtacks, nails or clothes pins. The synthetic fabric is suitable for outdoor use too—making them a great option for laying out in a park or in the backyard. Tapestries are available in five sizes to fit any space.

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15. TRY OUT MINT 

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Mint isn’t a color you see very often, so when you do it really makes you stop and look. Perhaps because these pastel hues are so often associated with nurseries you never think to bring them into a living room, but as this elegant room proves it can be really sophisticated, grown-up color, especially if you go bold and pick a gloss finish and paint all the walls and the ceiling.

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 A LIVING ROOM?

Yes, as all the stylish living rooms above have proved, green is a great color for a living room. It’s so versatile so you have plenty of shades to choose from depending on your style and the size and aspect of your room. Plus, they can be paired with so many different shades too from neutrals to bold brights. 

WHAT COLOR GOES WITH GREEN IN A LIVING ROOM?

Depending on whether your room is south or north-facing will change the appearance of your color choice, so bear this in mind when building your scheme.’ advises Helen Shaw, Director of Benjamin Moore

Create an on-trend tonal scheme with a green-grey and finish the look with natural woods, layered organic materials, and pops of black to ground the scheme. Alternatively, a more saturated sage green can look soft and whimsical when paired with pastel pinks and soft blues – why not add in accents of brushed brass and velvet for a touch of glam.’

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