Green Accent Wall Ideas

Painting an accent wall is a fun way to add a pop of color to a room without making too much of a statement or commitment. Accent wall designs can come to life in many different paint colors (or wood panelling or wallpaper for that matter!). The color, material, or pattern you choose is simply a matter of preference.

This past year, we’ve been noticing a lot of green accent walls in people’s homes—and we must say, we’re loving them. Green is a super versatile hue that goes beautifully with a wide variety of materials, finishes, and other colors. The different shades of green run the gamut from bold, saturated colors to “colorful neutrals” that add a bit of color without being too visually loud. And since it’s a color found throughout nature, green is widely considered a calming, grounding, and serene color. With the variety of the shades of green out there, you can undoubtedly find a green accent wall color that perfectly complements your existing furniture and decor.

Dark green accent walls are particularly trendy at the moment—from forest green and emerald to teal and other shades of earthy and jewel-toned dark greens. Dark green walls add a ton of depth and extra contrast, plus give off some lovely moody vibes.

Today, we’re sharing a round-up of our favorite shades of green paint to consider when painting a green accent wall! Along the way, you’ll find some design ideas for decorating rooms with a green color scheme. Read on for the best accent wall paint colors in the green color family!

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Salamander, Benjamin Moore

Salamander is a shade of dark green that can read almost black in different lighting due to its inky undertones. Because of that, this deep green appears to be more of a neutral than a color. It’s a moody paint color that’s a beautiful choice if you’re looking to paint dark green accent walls but don’t want anything too saturated. We love the contrast of this deep green painted on walls surrounding a white brick fireplace, like you can see in the design above, and it looks great with natural materials, too.

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Artichoke, Sherwin-Williams

Artichoke is a yellow-green color that is very versatile. Yellow-green is very springy, fresh, and creates a soothing vibe in any room. It looks particularly great when paired with a light-toned palette, like light woods and white. This color is great for any room where you want to create a sense of peace—like a bedroom or home office.


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Green Bay, Sherwin-Williams

Green Bay is a dark green-gray that goes with an array of color palettes. Since it has some teal undertones, this dark green shade is fun to mix with other colors, like the pink and yellow seen in the design above. This color can easily dominate a space due to its deep hue, so it needs lots of white and light colors to balance it out. We particularly like it with white or light wood furniture!

Contemporary style living room with accent wall painted in Ripe Olive by Sherwin Williams

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Ripe Olive, Sherwin-Williams

A true, deep olive green, Ripe Olive brings a sophisticated touch of color to any room. We love the saturated hue of this green paint, which adds a pop of color without being too loud or bright. It’s perfect for a sophisticated space, paired with other earth tones and natural materials—like wood, leather, and linen. This shade of green goes really well in modern rustic spaces.

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Studio Green, Farrow & Ball

Studio Green is the perfect color for a moody accent wall. A classic deep green, this paint color has gray and black undertones, which gives it a striking and bold look. We love the way this color acts as a dramatic backdrop for the living room pictured above, allowing the rich materials of the space to pop against the deep gray-green hue.

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Saguaro, Sherwin-Williams

Saguaro is a “desert green,” similar to the color of a saguaro cactus (hence the name). A lively and nature-inspired shade of green, this color pairs well with neutrals, which allow this green accent wall to be front and center in any room it’s in. We love how vibrant and fun saguaro is as a bedroom accent wall color, like in this boho desert-chic bedroom!

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Dark Teal, Benjamin Moore

The perfect blend of green and blue, Dark Teal is one of our favorite examples of a jewel tone green. We prefer this paint color in smaller doses, so it makes for a great option for a teal green accent wall (anything more than that would be overwhelming). It looks particularly beautiful in glam and mid-century spaces—but really, it’s a great accent wall color for any space where you want a bright and vibrant pop of color. This is fun as a bedroom accent wall in a kids room, like above, where pops of pink and white are used throughout the rest of the space—both of which beautifully compliment this teal green.


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Hillside View, Behr

Hillside View is an earthy green-blue with gray undertones. This shade of green looks great in contemporary spaces and with high-contrast palettes (like this one, with black, gray, and white—and that leather sofa). It’s a great green accent wall option for those who don’t want to go too saturated but prefer a more neutral shade of green with a hint of color.

Boho-Modern Nursery with accent wall painted in Rock Garden by Sherwin-Williams

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Rock Garden, Sherwin-Williams

A true, natural, deep green, Rock Garden adds a grounding and earthy feel to any space. This is a perfect choice for a green accent wall for any space where you want to add a zen vibe—like a bedroom or nursery! It looks especially beautiful when accented with light natural colors, off-whites, and a pop of red for contrast.

Kids bedroom with traditional style with accent wall painted in Breakfast Room Green by Farrow and Ball

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Breakfast Room Green, Farrow & Ball

Breakfast Room Green is a bright and springy shade that has slightly yellow undertones. We love this color for a space with lots of natural light, which makes it even more cheery and bright! This shade of green looks beautiful when paired with natural materials and white furniture, which looks very crisp against green accent walls. Since it’s somewhat in the pastel color family, it also looks good when paired with other pastels, especially in a nursery or kids room! (But, really, it would be great as a bedroom accent wall for people of all ages since it’s so cheerful and serene!)

Boho-industrial style dining room with Hunter Green accent wall by Benjamin Moore

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Hunter Green, Benjamin Moore

A deep, woodsy green, Hunter Green adds a wonderful dose of drama to a space. A great color choice for a dark green accent wall, this saturated green pops beautifully against white trim and adjacent walls—creating a clean and contemporary look. And we also love how the copper pendants in the design above look with this deep green! It’s a great color for rustic and modern rustic spaces.

modern office nook with accent wall painted in Mint Condition by Sherwin-Willams

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Mint Condition, Sherwin-Williams

Minto Condition is a shade of green that’s just what its name sounds like—light, breezy, and minty. As a more subtle shade of green, it looks good in spaces that are bright and full of natural light, as this paint color will reflect light. A fun and spunky color, it goes well with neutral colors like white and beige.

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Tarrytown Green, Benjamin Moore

Tarrytown Green is a truly versatile color. A mossy-but-neutral green with some darker undertones, it could be used in a traditional-style space or something more modern—like this mid-century-industrial living room. This shade of green is a bold look on the fireplace wall and allows all the other light color elements to contrast against it.

Living with fireplace and dark green walls in Salmander by Benjamin Moore

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Evergreens, Sherwin-Williams

Evergreens is a shade of olive green inspired by (you guessed it) the color of evergreen trees. This green feels classic and stately—a perfect forest green accent wall for a more traditional space. We love how it pairs well with other rich neutral colors, as you can see in the design above, from the black spindle bed to the vintage-style rug and wicker bench.

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Country Squire, Sherwin-Williams

If you’re looking for some emerald green decor ideas, give Country Squire a try. A true emerald green, this is a wonderfully dramatic shade of green—the perfect choice for an emerald accent wall. This vibrant, rich color is a perfect shade for glam and Art Deco-inspired spaces. And it pairs perfectly with the creamy tufted headboard and burlwood furniture in this space. This emerald green accent wall offers contrast to the furniture in this space while also bringing out the texture of each piece.

MCM eclectic dining room with accent wall painted Duck Green by Farrow and Ball

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Duck Green, Farrow and Ball

Inspired by a Mallard Duck’s deep green plumage, Duck Green is a strong-but-subdued shade. It pairs well with so many other colors, which makes it a perfect green accent wall color to act as a backdrop to a colorful gallery wall. This green color also looks beautiful with medium-tone woods, black accents, and other cooler colors.

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Sweet Basil, Benjamin Moore

Sweet Basil is a vibrant, springy shade of green—reminiscent of fresh basil, its namesake. This color can be used in many styles, from transitional to rustic and contemporary. It looks great paired with neutrals and natural materials, as you can see in the contemporary bedroom above with its light and natural woods. These tones feel harmonious with such a natural, earthy shade of green.

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2022 Trend: Decorating With Emerald Green

You know what color we’re loving right now? Emerald green. It’s a beautiful shade of green—one that complements neutrals and other colors alike and manages to add a sense of luxury and glamour to any room it’s in. (Though it can also add to a tropical look as well!)

And in 2022, this color is making its way into the  interior design trend landscape. Etsy is even predicting that it will be the “it” color for 2022! So today, we’re digging into this beautiful color, looking back at iconic emerald green moments in design history, and exploring tips for decorating with emerald green!

What color is emerald green, exactly?

Emerald green is a bright blue-green named after the precious gemstone, which gets its distinctive color from trace amounts of chromium and vanadium. Named after a gem? No wonder this color often finds its way into glam room designs.

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Famous Examples of Emerald Green in Design History

Emerald green has been part of some pretty iconic moments in design history. Read on for a few of our favorite examples of decorating with emerald green.

The Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz

Perhaps what first comes to mind is the Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. (We even made a room design in homage to the Emerald City a few years back as part of our Wizard of Oz-inspired room designs!)

In the book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, along with the rest of the books in the Oz series, author L. Frank Baum describes the city as being built of green glass, emeralds, and other jewels. The city is where the great and powerful wizard of Oz lives, and everyone who lives in the city is made to wear green-tinted glasses, so that emerald green is everywhere they look.

Fun fact: Scholars who interpret The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a political allegory see the Emerald City as a metaphor for Washington, D.C., and unsecured “greenback” paper money.

There is also a movie reimagining of the Wizard of Oz, called The Wiz (where Diana Ross stars as Dorothy in an all-black cast), and the Emerald City sequence is pretty iconic. The nearly seven-minute song and dance is aglow in emerald green—until the great and powerful Oz turns everything red, and then gold. Beyond the use of color throughout the scene, it also serves as a cornerstone of the disco era.

Emerald Green Banker’s Lamps

You’ve probably seen a banker’s lamp at some point, whether in someone’s home or in an academic setting. This style of lamp features a brass base and an emerald green shade. A type of task light, it’s often used as a desk lamp, in library reading rooms, and even sometimes on pianos—and, of course, in banks. These iconic lamps came onto the scene in the early 1900s, created by New York engineer Harrison D. McFaddin. He dubbed his lamps “Emeralites” (a “clever” combination of the words emerald and light). As these lamps grew in popularity, many imitations hit the market.

The rounded shades and green hue were meant to eliminate glare, reduce eye strain, and improve the quality of light for those working long hours. While there’s no modern-day proof of this being true, green is psychologically considered to be a soothing color—so perhaps in some way, an Emeralite lamp would encourage a sense of calm and focus!

Art Deco Design Era

Emerald green was a prominent color during the Art Deco movement. This Art Deco design era took place in the 1920s, when the U.S. economy was booming—so lavish and bright colors were used to celebrate the prosperity of the times. Hence, the emerald green!

But emerald green wasn’t just popular in architecture and interior design. During this time, radium paint started being used in housewares like clocks and wristwatches, allowing the numbers and hands to glow green so they could be easily used in the dark. Unfortunately, this led to widespread radium poisoning, especially among the factory workers who produced these watches and clocks.

Paramount Theater in Oakland

The Paramount Theater in Oakland, Calif., was built in the 1920s and features that quintessential 20s Art Deco style. The high, vast ceiling in the lobby is a mosaic made of emerald green and gold pieces. It’s a stunning work of art—but time took its toll. So, in the 1970s it was restored to its former glory. Today, this theater is known as one of the most flamboyant and important Art Deco theaters in the United States.

The Beverly Hills Hotel Banana Leaf Wallpaper

The banana leaf wallpaper that’s in the Beverly Hills Hotel bar was designed by Lucile Stockwell, and was inspired by her trips to tropical locations. This pattern, called Martinique, was introduced to CW Stockwell’s 1942 collection, “Wallpaper Is Art,” and this pattern was installed in the Beverly Hills Hotel in 1949, under the direction of designer Don Loper. It was here that the Martiniuqe pattern became iconic.

The Greenbrier Hotel

Iconic American designer Dorothy Draper designed and styled the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. Using bright colors and oversized patterns throughout the hotel, she gave the space a lavish and elegant facelift. She used emerald green throughout the hotel, inspired by the lush green landscape surrounding the resort.

Pantone Color of the Year

Emerald green has had some shining moments in more recent history too! Emerald green was Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year, chosen for the way this color can enhance a sense of balance, harmony, and well-being.

Emerald Green Decor Ideas

Since emerald green is such a bold color, it might feel intimidating to incorporate it into your home’s decor. But it’s easier than you might think to create emerald green room color schemes! You just have to pair it with the right pieces and colors. Read on for our 9 favorite emerald green decor ideas and style combinations!

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An Emerald Green Velvet Sofa with Leopard-Print Pillows

Because emerald green is such a decadent color, we love it when it’s applied to velvet fabric—whether on a pillow, duvet cover, sofa, or chair. If you want to make a big statement with emerald green, your best bet is a sofa. Emerald green pairs well with leopard print—so an emerald green velvet sofa would look amazing with leopard print throw pillows. It adds a glam feel with the animal print and the rich tones of this shade of green. And, while a green sofa might seem like a big commitment to the color, emerald green is a timeless color that always seems to be in fashion.

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Emerald Green Walls with Burl Wood Furniture

Emerald green walls act as a rich and vibrant backdrop to burl wood furniture, since burl is naturally ornamental. This combination draws inspiration from the Art Deco era and creates a classic look. Emerald paint is another big commitment to the color, but you could always opt for a green accent wall instead of a whole room of emerald green if you want a smaller dose of it.


Trendy color emerald green used an accent color in this living room

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Emerald Green Armchairs with Black and White Wallpaper

Emerald green pops against black and white—which is why we love the idea of emerald green armchairs against a graphic black and whtie wallpaper backdrop. Emerald green armchairs (finished in the luxe velvet we mentioned earlier) is a great way to bring this color into your home in a smaller but still impactful way. Plus, this combo adds a fun dose of drama to any home!

Emerald green headboard and accent ceiling in a glam bedroom

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Emerald Green Pillows on a Leather Sofa

Looking for easy ways to add color to a room? Try some colorful throw pillows. We’re big fans of the way emerald green pillows can add a pop of color to a space—and we especially love to see them paired with a leather sofa. Leather sofas are timeless pieces of furniture, so adding pops of emerald on the sofa brings a touch of drama and bold color. Throw pillows are a great way to introduce emerald into an existing design and try out this trendy color.

Emerald green headboard and accent ceiling in a glam bedroom

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An Emerald Green Bed with Pink Decor

Pink and green is a fun, playful color palette that works with a variety of styles, from mid-century to boho and glam. This bedroom is a great example of a fun and eclectic take on a green and pink color scheme, with the emerald green bed (and ceiling!) beautifully complementing the pink accents throughout. When combined in room decor, emerald green adds a grounding effect and the pink adds a youthful and playful vibe.

Trendy color emerald green in velvet dining chairs

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Emerald Green Dining Chairs with a Marble Dining Table

If you want to up the glam factor in your dining room, turn to elegant colors and materials. Emerald green dining chairs (especially when they’re velvet) add a luxurious touch to a dining room. And there’s no better table to pair them with than a marble dining table. The combination of the two creates quite the sophisticated and glam look.

emerald green living room with complementary purple velvet sofa

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Emerald Green and Purple Color Palette

Emerald green is in the jewel tone color family—and it pairs beautifully with other jewel tones. We particularly love the combination of purple and emerald green, which feels very luxe and royal. This is a great color palette if you love saturated colors and want to go all-out with jewel tone decor.

Emerald green bedroom with white accents and glam style

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Emerald Green Walls and White Accents

Looking for some green bedroom ideas? We love the look of emerald green walls against white furniture and bedding. The boldness of deep green walls adds a sense of glamour to a room, which is both contrasted and balanced by white furniture and decor. This is a timeless combo (and happens to look great with the burl wood furniture we mentioned earlier, too!)

emerald green wall above white wainscoting in traditional diningroom

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Emerald Green Walls and Warm Wood Floors

Wondering how to match your wall color to your wood floors? If you have warm tones in your wood flooring, emerald green is a perfect match. It’s a great way to add a bold pop of color in a tone that compliments your flooring. Neutral trim, wainscotting, and even chairs, help balance out the boldness if a full room of emerald paint feels like too much of a statement.

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How to Decorate a Long Wall – 10 Ideas for Long Walls in Any Room

Long walls can be tricky to decorate. While there are plenty of guides and inspiring ideas for how to fill a large blank wall, it’s not quite the same as a long wall. Here’s why.

With a large wall, it’s often one wall that’s exceptionally wide or exceptionally tall. The challenge is making it feel fully decorated either way, which often means investing in large pieces of art and decor or creating a gallery wall without breaking the bank.

On the other hand, a long wall often runs the length of a room or multiple living spaces, which requires more planning—should art go in the middle of the wall or closer to the edges? Where does furniture fit in? Does a gallery wall make sense on a long wall? How can the wall decor look cohesive across different spaces?

All that is to say, decorating a long wall is no easy feat. To provide some inspiration and guidance, here are our best furniture and wall decor ideas for outfitting long walls in every type of room—from narrow hallways to open concept spaces.

Decorating a Long Living Room Wall

What you do with a long wall in the living room really depends on how you want to use the space. Here, we break down two different scenarios and why they work.

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A Long Living Room Wall With a TV

If you love spending time in your living area watching TV or having movie nights with friends and family, this approach is perfect as it’s centered around where the TV goes.

The Challenge: Filling a long wall with a TV as the prominent focus.

How to Make It Work:

  • Start with your TV. Decide where your TV will go. It can be in the middle or off to one side. Wherever you place it, a TV immediately stands out as a focal point. Here, we anchored the long wall with the TV right in the center.
  • Decorate around it. If you opt for a wall-hanging TV, furnishing the space beneath it with a console table, sideboard, or media stand to round out the look. We flanked ours with a pair of ottomans and sconces for a fully balanced look.
  • Add wall decor. This will balance out the focus since your TV is set at an elevated height. Beyond sconces, some wall decor ideas include hanging art along the farther sides of your long wall, filling a corner with a tall tree or plant, or even just leaning a tall mirror that gives the look of height.

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A Long Living Room Wall With Storage

Another approach is to use your long living room wall for storage and display. This is great if you’re not big on using your living space for TV watching, or you have a better spot for it on the opposite side of the room.

The Challenge: Turning a long expansive space into a functional storage spot that’s still stylish.

How to Make It Work: 

  • Choose your storage. Depending on the style of storage pieces you choose, it can set the visual tone for the rest of your long wall as well as your room. We suggest two large open bookcases on either end of the wall for a storage setup with a balanced, airy look.
  • Break it up with art. Even out the large-scale storage bookcases with some art. A statement photograph, painting or any oversized artwork centered between the bookshelves will help round out the look and feel of your long wall.
  • Layer in accents. With bookcases and large-scale art as your wall decor, adding colorful objects and accents to the bookcases will bring your long wall to life. Pull in a bench underneath your large art piece to accent the space and anchor it with a touch of color and texture.

Also check out our tips and tricks for designing a narrow living room layout!


Decorating a Long Wall in a Bedroom

Long bedrooms can be tricky to decorate. When designing this kind of space, deciding where your bed will go is key. Below are two different takes on outfitting long bedroom walls.

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A Narrow Bedroom With a Long Wall

If your bed is placed parallel to the long wall, you’ll need to consider it a walkway versus a space for furniture and decor. So it’s more about optimizing the vertical space here.

The Challenge: Filling out a long wall that’s a walkway without obstructing the flow.

How to Make It Work: 

  • Think above eye level. The key here is to start with wall decor that frees up the bottom half of the wall so that it keeps the walkway looking and feeling open.
  • Try An Art Series. You can opt for a gallery wall hung high up here, but we also love the look of a series of coordinating art arranged in a row just above eye level. Consider a trio of paintings that are evenly placed along the wall, which will draw the eye and keep the focus moving.
  • Float accent pieces nearby. With a long running parallel to your bed, the strategy is to leave plenty of space all around it. But you can still anchor it with furniture nearby, such as an accent chair and a standing tall mirror, both pulled away from against the wall.

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A Long Bedroom Wall Broken Into ‘Zones’

If your bed is placed opposite a long wall, you can maximize the space by turning it into a multifunctional use space comprising different zones.

The Challenge: Delineating different practical areas along a long wall that still feel cohesive.

How to Make It Work: 

  • Decide on your zones. Plan out the different ways you want to furnish your long wall for use. Here, we created two main zones, which consist of a dresser for a storage space and a tall standing mirror, cowhide rug, and hamper baskets for a defined dressing area.
  • Balance with height. With different zones along one wall, making sure that your furnishings and the overall look appears balanced is key. Adding height on either side, like a tall plant and a tall floor mirror, will help create a more cohesive and balanced look.
  • Add minimal wall focus. With this approach, you want the focus to stay with the different zones along your long wall. So keep your wall decor to a minimum. We suggest steering clear of a gallery wall and simply crowning your dresser with one piece of art.

Decorating a Long Entryway Wall

Many entryways open onto a long hallway with a long wall. While there are no set rules for how to decorate a long blank wall in the entry, here are two approaches for easy wall decor ideas.

long entryway wall with large artwork

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A Long Entryway With Simple Wall Decor

Style up any long entry wall with oversized art to create instant impact.

The Challenge: To add visual wall focus without cluttering up the look and feel in an entry.

How to Make It Work: 

  • Hang statement art. A single large scale piece of art is the perfect balance between bold and minimal in an entryway. Center one on the long wall in any entry hall to add color and visual interest that doesn’t overwhelm the space.
  • Work in chic lighting. Round out your art piece with A pair of captivating wall sconces. Stylish sconces are one of our favorite wall decor ideas for the entry because they play up a balanced look along with practical lighting.
  • Ground it with a runner. For a finishing touch that evens out the art and lighting on the wall, pull in a patterned runner for a bright, textural touch that also helps to pad your entryway with a warm, welcoming look.

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A Long Entryway With a “Drop Zone”

Section out a long entry wall into two areas: A landing strip that welcomes you into the space, and then a ‘drop zone’ for a practical catchall spot.

The Challenge: Prioritizing function without sacrificing style and or making the space feel bare.

  • Lead with a runner. Rather than a small area rug or having your console near your front door, lay down an entryway runner rug that acts as a welcome spot that invites you into the home. A colorful runner will also help set a bright tone for the rest of your space.
  • Anchor with a console. Follow up where the runner ends with a console table that serves as a catchall, storage piece, and display for your entry. It will make your entry feel furnished and balanced.
  • Keep accents to a minimum. With this functional approach, keep to a blank wall and a small selection of accents. This will help maintain an uncluttered look in the entry. At most, add a mirror above the console, but opt for a few decorative accents, like a floor basket and some decorative accessories for the console.

Another way to punch up your long wall without any decor? Paint it! Get started with our tips and tricks for accent wall designs.

Decorating a Long Hallway

Similar to an entryway, what you can do with a long hallway wall will depend on how wide the space is. Remember that hallways are high-traffic spaces, so you don’t want it to be cluttered.

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Long Hallway With a Gallery Wall

Any long hallway is a great spot for a gallery wall that captivates as people move through it.

The Challenge: Warming up a blank wall in a hallway without it feeling cramped.

How to Make It Work: 

  • Consider the art. Decide on what kind of art you want to hang in your long hallways. Depending on your home, it can range from a full-length gallery wall of fashion prints to family photos if you live with little kids. It’s ultimately up to you. Just make sure it’s hung just above eye level to give the wall an elevated and spacious look and feel.
  • Keep spacing in mind. Choose pieces that are not too precious or that are your favorite to start. Then be sure to hang them evenly spaced down the hall for a more open and airy look. Art hung in a row in a similar color palette will look the most cohesive even when spaced far apart.
  • Factor in foot traffic. Any hallway is considered a high-traffic area, so if you live in a home with lots of commotion from kids and pets, make it a point to hang your art higher up and farther apart.

Check out our guide on how to choose art for more easy tips and gallery wall decor ideas.

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A Long Hallway With Storage

If your hallway is a little wider, consider adding storage to make this space work double duty.

The Challenge: Balancing function and style in a narrow and compact space.

How to Make It Work: 

  • Line up low shelves. If you need extra storage in your hallway, narrow and low shelves or a slim console are pretty much your only options. They’ll line up perfectly against your long wall without taking up too much floor space but also give you the storage you need.
  • Always lean slim. When in doubt, choose a more narrow bookshelf rather than a longer one that’s slightly wider. It’s always been to line up a few slim bookcases or console tables in a hallway because an inch or two in width can make all the difference in flow and walkability!
  • Add a gallery wall look. Round out low shelving with a gallery wall of art and decor. Low shelving allows you to explore more wall decor ideas since you can put things on the surfaces as well as hang up decor and art. Try mixing a mirror with a mix of leaning and hung artwork, then peppering in small accents.

Decorating a Long Wall That Spans Multiple Rooms

If you live in a studio apartment or have an open living dining room, this will be a familiar sight. One long blank wall running across multiple spaces is perhaps the trickiest to decorate. You’ll want to define the different areas while creating a cohesive look. Here are two ways to do it.

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A Long Wall in an Open Concept Room

The key to furnishing one long blank wall for two different uses is to set apart each space with markers. You want to create two visual zones that are clearly distinct but flow into each other.

The Challenge: Clearly delineating a living area from a dining area with a consistent style.

How to Make It Work: 

  • Mark it with foundational pieces. Start by setting apart your living space with a rug that grounds it. The edges of the rug will help delineate it from the rest of the room. Likewise, use a dining cabinet or sideboard against the wall to demarcate the space.
  • Center spaces with wall decor. Explore different wall decor ideas that work best to center each space. For instance, hanging art above the sofa will center the focus in the living area, and likewise a mirror or a pendant above a dining cabinet will help bring focus to the dining area.
  • Leave in-between space. Make sure to have some breathing room between the two different areas. You want to leave some room so the spaces feel separate but visually connected. A tall plant makes for a great in-between accent to bridge the two areas.

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A Long Wall in a Studio Apartment

With any small apartment, the trick is to line your blank wall with key furniture pieces against the wall and make sure to accent them with strategically placed wall decor.

The Challenge: Lining the wall with as much function and style as possible without cluttering it.

How to Make It Work: 

  • Section by function. Divide up your wall into areas of function. For instance, the wall here is broken up by the two focal points, which are the dresser and the bed. One functions as a storage and living area while the other is a resting spot. Having clear functions at both ends of the long wall will help you figure out the rest of your space.
  • Balance focal points. In a small apartment, you don’t want too many focal points, so be sure to decide where you’ll be hanging art and lighting. It’s better to have a few spots to focus on versus spreading out lots of wall art and decor around the room. Here, the art above the dresser creates one focal point while the simple framed print slightly left of the bed makes for another. They also help bring focus to the two different spaces.
  • Rugs for all areas. You can get away with one big rug in an open living-dining room. But in a small space, multiple area rugs will be more effective to set apart spaces. The rug under the bed and the other by the dresser help divide the two halves of the room, emphasizing that they are two distinct spaces.

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7 Foolproof Color Schemes For Red Rooms

We’ve explored green room color schemes. And we’ve broken down blue room color schemes. Now, we’re turning our focus to red, a color we’re seeing pop up in homes all over. Although, it can be a little challenging to decorate with red color palette because it can easily feel overly aggressive or loud. So we’re here to help offer some guidance.

Red is obviously a vibrant color, so it adds impact wherever it’s used. Whether it’s a dining room painted with bright red walls or a living area with pops of cherry red, the color injects instant personality into spaces. Red also works with lots of other colors—the trick is finding the right pairing or combination so that you won’t get tired or overwhelmed by all of it. All to say, balance is the name of the game when decorating with red.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best red color schemes for your home along with tips from our designers. Read on for our ideas on how to bring the color into your rooms.

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The Color Scheme: Red, White & Blue

One of the most classic color combinations is a red, white, and blue palette. Which means it’s timeless and foolproof! It’s a palette that works in any space, and you can use pretty much any shade of red, white, or blue.

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How To Get The Look:

With this color combination, start with white as your base, going with white upholstery and keeping your walls bare. This will give you a crisp foundation to layer on your blues and your reds. Add in simple light blue accents, like a solid baby-blue pillow or an ocean-blue striped ottoman, which will look more like a neutral, to complement your white furnishings. Balance it all out with bright red accents, such as pillows and nautical art. Alongside the blue and white, they add a bright burst of color without overpowering the space.

Why We Love It:

This is a great way to ease into red decor. If you love the coastal or Americana traditional styles, this is also an easy palette that naturally lends itself to those looks.

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The Color Scheme: Pops Of Earthy Red

Pops of burnished red against a neutral palette are great if you want to dabble with the color without committing to a full red look.

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How To Get The Look:

You want to kick things off with a base earthy tones, so pull in furnishings and accents in natural wood tones, woven textures, and light neutrals. Be sure to play with textural accents like curtains, art, and pillows, which are easy to pair with other colors and less expensive to swap out. Anchor it all with a rug that has hints of burnished reds and browns. This will make work beautifully when you layer in earthy orange-reds, be it with pillows, a throw, or art.

Why We Love It:

This color combo has a warm, homey, and inviting vibe. It’s the perfect blend of boho and sophisticated and you can easily dress it up or down with more orange red tones (or fewer) depending on the seasons.

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The Color Scheme: Terracotta + Green

For an even more earthy approach to red, try terracotta red mixed with woodsy green and natural tones. It’s a color combination that offers just the right amount of rustic while still looking sophisticated.

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How To Get The Look:

Bold is the name of this color game, so you want to incorporate this color combo in a big way. Terracotta red is a saturated hue that works beautifully with green, especially a muted, earthy green. Start by painting a wall or look for a rug that’s accented with terracotta red. From there you can layer in a green sofa, pillows, and balance it all out with natural wood pieces. The result will be a space that feels rustic with an organic, southwestern look.

Why We Love It:

Warm and welcoming, this color combination is a cozy take on red living room designs and can work with a wide range of interior design styles. It’s the perfect foolproof palette for a transitional or modern rustic look.

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The Color Scheme: Red and Black

Cherry red and black is a surefire color combination for an edgy and modern look. It’s a great pairing if you tend to gravitate towards industrial, ultra-modern, and mid-century style designs.

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How To Get The Look:

With this color combination, you can dial it up or down. Consider whether you want to go with just pops of red and black or take a full-out approach with the colors, like this teenage boys room. Either way, start with black (with white) as your backdrop, then work in your reds. You want white to be the neutral that balances out the bold-on-bold look of red and black. Try a black-and-white wallpaper along with furnishings and accessories accented with red. You’ll get an instant high-contrast look that’s cohesive and contemporary.

Why We Love It:

This is a great color pairing to use with wood tones for a clean, contrasted look. We love that it’s a palette that also works well with bold patterns. In fact, it’s best to lean into red and black patterned designs with this palette, which will keep your space from feeling too dark.

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The Color Scheme: Wine Red

Wine red is a color that always makes a statement, and it looks best when used in a bold way. Play up wine red with warm neutrals, such as ivory, eggshell white, and beige, which will give your rooms a sophisticated and elegant look and feel.

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How To Get The Look:

For this color palette, go with a painted wine red wall or statement art and upholstery in the shade. The key is to use this red as the base (versus neutrals), then layer in soft touches of white and beige tones. Think whitewashed dining chairs, beige slipcovers, a white wooden cabinet, or a white marble table. It will create an elevated red-and-white look that’s rich and saturated without feeling stuffy.

Why We Love It:

We love how wine red adds character and a traditional look to spaces, but it doesn’t feel old or dated. It’s a great color choice if you love saturated reds. For a more transitional look, you can also try pairing wine red with modern pieces in a range of white tones.

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The Color Scheme: Fuschia and Yellow

If you love color combinations that go with contemporary designs, consider glamorous red tones like coral, fuschia, and cherry red paired with a bright yellow. Because yellow and red are opposite each other on the color wheel, they work perfectly for a colorful high-contrast look.

How To Get The Look:

Set the foundation with a glamorous red tone. Any bold design in red, like the fuschia rug in this dining space, will help you figure out the best way to work in your yellow as well as other accent colors. For instance, the rug here makes for a vibrant backdrop that balances out the equally bright yellow dining chairs. Be sure to round out the colors with one big white furniture piece. It will help ground and tie everything together in your space.

Why We Love It:

This color combo is both glamorous and very modern, and it lends itself perfectly to tropical and eclectic style rooms. At the same time, we love how it energizes a space but still looks curated and sophisticated. And if you love jewel tones, this is the foolproof palette for you!

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The Color Scheme: Red-Brown Shades

Red-brown tones with dark wood tones make for a color combination that’s warm and inviting. It’s because red-browns have a richness and earthiness to them that gives them cozy appeal. It’s what makes them the ideal palette for both red bedroom designs as well as pink bedrooms.

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How To Get The Look:

When working with red-browns, it’s good to note that the shades span a broad spectrum. And they’re all muted but stately, so they go well with traditional style furnishings and spaces. One of the most elegant red-brown tones is coral, which is close to a deep, cozy pink. It can easily complement dark wood pieces, like the bed and matching nightstands here, while adding warmth. With any red-brown, however, be sure to mix it with pops of light tones, such as a tan or white, to make it feel less muddy and more sophisticated.

Why We Love It:

We love the versatility of red-browns and how seamlessly they work with dark wood pieces. It’s a grounding red that’s perfect for timeless, elegant, and classic-style rooms.

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Decorating a Green Room? Try These 5 Foolproof Color Schemes

We’re seeing more and more homes incorporate green into their color schemes, and for good reason. Green is a beautiful color to incorporate into your home’s decor, with so many nuanced shades to choose from. It’s easy to incorporate in big ways or small—from green walls or sofas to small accents and decor. And the shade of green you choose can really support the style of your space, or even set the tone.

Green is obviously a very nature-inspired color, but it comes to life in a whole spectrum of shades, from cool mint greens and seafoam greens to earthy olive green and sage green, and even more saturated tones like forest green or a jewel-toned emerald. And green pairs beautifully with other colors, from neutrals to deeply saturated hues.

How to Incorporate Green Into Your Space

When it comes to any room color scheme, there are different levels of intensity that you can try—from small accents in your decor to large furniture pieces, and even an all-over monochrome look! What you choose all depends on the level of saturation and intensity you want to incorporate into your space. Here are a few levels of how you can incorporate green into your space, in big ways and small.

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Small: Green in Accents

If you want to incorporate green in small ways, sprinkle it in through your accents. This could be anything from art and small decor like vases to throw pillows and even an accent chair. And, of course, through plants! Plants are a great way to bring in green accents in a neutral or colorful space.

To do this well, think about “layering” your green evenly throughout the space so that it doesn’t feel like green is all in one space. So, instead of having just one pop of green through an accent chair, bring in green elsewhere in the room as well—through a few pillows on each side of the sofa, and perhaps by placing a plant in an empty corner distribute some green throughout the space!

mid-century style green sofa with leather poufs

Medium: Green in Base Furniture

To bring green into your space in a slightly more significant way, go green with your base furniture! In a living room, that means opting for a green sofa, in a bedroom it might be a green upholstered headboard. Going with a color in your base furniture is a great way to dictate the color scheme of that room. But it’s also a big commitment to that color, so make sure you really love it since it will be a significant piece that impacts your design style for a long time! But if you do decide to go with a color in your base furniture, green is a great option. It’s a calming color that you can dress up with more green or play it down with more neutral colors and natural textures.

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Large: Green Everywhere

Want to do green in a big way? Go monochrome. Going big with green is a great way to make a statement in a room. But to give the look depth and keep things more interesting, layer different shades of green through the space. This living room above is a perfect example. The sofa is a different shade of green than the wall, but it’s in the same color family (think about grouping shades of warm greens or cool greens rather than mixing tones).

To get this look, paint green walls, then pick furniture pieces (like a sofa and accent chairs) that are a complementary shade of green. Then, layer in even more green with your wall art, pillows, and decor. However, to keep the space from being overwhelming, go more neutral with your rug, drapery, and other textiles.

Best Color Schemes for Green

Once you know how big or small you want to go with green, you can start deciding which other colors to incorporate in your space. When creating a green color scheme, you’ll want to start by identifying the undertones of the colors you’re interested in to make sure the tones complement each other. Picking up paint color swatches is a great way to figure out the right tones of each color you want to include! You can then use those colors to help flesh out your overall color palette. And if you need some help knowing which colors to combine with green, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite green color scheme ideas to inspire you!

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The Color Scheme: Green + Neutrals

Just about any shade of green goes beautifully with neutrals, whether that’s a crisp white or a cream or grey. Within this color scheme, it also goes perfectly with natural materials like jute! This color combo is primarily seen in living rooms and green bedroom designs, since those rooms allow for more color usage simply because of the furniture items in those rooms. (It’s more difficult to pull off this color scheme in a dining room since not many dining tables are green!) This is also one of the most versatile green color combinations.

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How to Get the Look

Layer pillows, vases, art, and small textiles with larger neutrals. In the image above, we paired green pillows with a neutral sofa, and the green accent chair pairs well with the textured jute rug. The chairs are the largest use of green in this space, but the tone of green makes it almost feel like an extension of the neutral color palette. (Whereas a deep, saturated forest green would feel like more of a statement.) Pops of green are also incorporated in various accents, like wall art, small decor, textiles, and even in the use of plants.

Balance the green with neutral base furniture and a neutral rug. It’s all about striking a balance. In the image above, we’re balancing the green in the two accent chairs so it feels like it’s being framed in the room, and then the neutrals come in to complement the green and hold everything together in the sofa, rug, and coffee table.

Why We Love It

Pairing green with neutrals is a perfect way to convey a color palette without the main color (in this case, green) feeling dominant or too loud. Green is a transcendent neutral, and it pairs really well with warm neutral textures such as jute, cane, or even linen.

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The Color Scheme: Green Monochrome

As we mentioned earlier, a monochrome green space is a way to design a green color scheme in a very big and bold way. We particularly like doing monochrome green in warmer shades, like olive, moss, and a creamy lime green. This color scheme works best in living rooms and bedrooms. It’s a louder and more dominant approach, and it can be more easily brought to life in a room with more textiles.

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How to Get the Look

You can incorporate green elements anywhere and everywhere in a monochrome green room—from the walls and sofa to accent furniture and decor! Look for different shades of green within the same overall tone, keeping it all in warm tones or cool tones. (If you mix warm and cool tones, the room might feel a bit disjointed.) This look works best when furniture types and finishes are also considered; keeping furniture cohesive will help with conveying the monochrome.

The balance comes from making sure your colors are all relatively within the same tone, then layering them accordingly within your furniture. You can also add balance by keeping textiles like rugs and drapery more neutral, or by incorporating natural materials. In this room materials such as stone, jute, and woods become the accent “colors.”

Why We Love It

Monochrome green is a lovely way to make a statement that feels calming but bold.

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The Color Scheme: Green + Terracotta

A green and terracotta color scheme is the perfect earth tones palette. A warm balance is created between earthy green tones and warm rusts, for a look that’s grounded and inviting. Materials are big in this style; woods, jutes, metals, and stone all help bring to life this earthy look.

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How to Get the Look

Start by picking which one color you’ll use as the base color. Here, we used terracotta as the base color, then green is used as an accent throughout the space. But, since we opted for a green sofa against the terracotta wall, green still feels like a significant player in this space. You could also take the opposite approach with a green wall and rust-colored sofa. Either way, make sure to incorporate both colors in the accent decor and other textiles, but also add a few neutral tones to balance out the look. However, aside from a few of those neutrals, keep other colors limited; you’ll lose the color scheme if you layer in too many other colors.

Why We Love It

This color scheme is warm and welcoming and goes with so many different interior design styles. We love that this combination is such a rich, saturated take on earth tones, which gives any room a lot of warmth.

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The Color Scheme: Green + Purple

Do you love bold colored rooms? Then you might want to try a green and purple color scheme. When you opt for jewel-toned shades of both green and purple, you get a look that’s bold and elegant, with a flair of the dramatic.

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How to Get the Look

Use a darker, saturated green as your base color, then use a plum or eggplant purple as a true accent in the space—incorporated through a large piece of furniture or some statement wall art. Using purple as an accent rather than perfectly balancing the two colors in a space will help you avoid the look of a certain purple and green dinosaur, and create more visual balance in the space. Essentially, you could take the basic approach of a monochrome green look, then add in a few pops of purple in either rugs or base furniture. This look can lean pretty glam—so you can play that up by incorporating metallics, as well as black and white, in the art and smaller decor.

Why We Love It

It’s a dramatic and regal color scheme, which we especially love in glam or classic spaces. These colors play really well off of classic materials like velvets, which help drive home the sense of opulence that this color palette naturally carries.

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The Color Scheme: Green + Pink

Green and pink creates a fun, youthful, bright, and happy scheme that still manages to feel elevated. You can bring this palette to life in most rooms, but we especially like it in living rooms, offices, and bedrooms.

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How to Get the Look

Get colorful with your furniture to really establish the color palette in your space! Sofas, beds, accent furniture, and even rugs are a great way to incorporate these colors. Think of these pieces as grounding objects to help create a bold and definitive color scheme. You can also layer in both pink and green in pillows and wall art. However, you’ll want to stick with neutrals in your smaller decor so that the space doesn’t feel overwhelming or disjointed.

Why We Love It

Pink and green is a refreshing and happy combination that brings in both warm and cool tones. It can be tough to achieve, but it’s best done with your rugs and base furniture play together to establish the color scheme.

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5 Green Bedroom Ideas for the Perfect Relaxing Retreat

Much like the color blue, green gives off calm and relaxing vibes, making it the perfect hue for a bedroom design! The color green reminds us of nature and helps to bring the outdoors indoors with its fresh vibrancy. We love green bedrooms because they have the tranquility of a neutral space but all the excitement and personality of a colorful room design. Not to mention, green color schemes are versatile palettes that add harmony to any master bedroom. If you’re looking for ideas on adding some green to your bedroom walls, here are 6 great design ideas for green bedrooms.

green bedroom designCharming Light Green Bedroom Retreat

If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate green in the bedroom, look no further than this charming mint green room. This green and white design scheme feels crisp and bright and creates a relaxing and rustic, cottage-meets-beach house vibe.

To get the look start with an apple or mint green coat of paint and layer in darker hues in your art, accent decor, and throw pillows. Then temper out the green walls with natural materials like a natural fiber rug, linen skirted furniture, weathered wood storage pieces, and charming botanical prints. It’s peaceful, inspiring, and cheery, all at once.

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The Hue: Valspar Swan Dance

We chose Valspar Swan Dance for our bright and cheery bedroom. It’s a super subtle shade of green that helps highlight the natural textures and weathered wood pieces in the room.

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You want a relaxing cottage look that’s almost neutral but super stylish at the same time. The pale colors blend together to create a super calm and refreshing oasis.

sage green bedroomSage Green Bedroom Idea

This bedroom has a modern and eclectic look that uses bold colors to both energize and soothe. It’s full of natural decor and textures, like leather, natural woods, simple metal accents, and a jute rug. It’s minimal, but the asymmetrical design and the prints and patterns give it an eclectic feel. And the muted green and neutral accents add a calming earthiness to the space.

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The Hue: Valspar Quaking Bog

We chose Valspar’s Quaking Bog, a gorgeous sage green paint. It has a deep earthiness to it, without being overbearing, and helps a bedroom feel like more of an intimate, personal retreat.

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You love natural textures and want them to pop in an eclectic setting. Sage green doesn’t add a lot of bold color, but helps to add more depth and energy to a totally neutral space. It’s a great wall color for green bedrooms that have a more earthy feel.

green bedroom wallsSerene Green Bedroom Escape

Set the tone for a traditional, shabby chic bedroom with soft grey-green walls and traditional art, furniture, and accents. The vibe is super cozy and laid-back with extra comfy furniture, lots of beautiful antiques and quaint, down-home energy.

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The Hue: Wild Grass by Vista Paints

We chose Wild Grass by Vista Paints for more of a neutral take on green. This hue goes with almost anything and adds a slightly cool tint to your space. It helps set the tone for easy relaxation and winding down and is great if you like neutral paint colors but want a bit more saturation in your space.

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You don’t want to fully commit to a green bedroom but also want a neutral non-white paint. The muted grey-green color is instantly serene and peaceful but also helps the room feel warmer and more put-together than white or neutral walls.

dark green bedroomEmerald Green Bedroom Haven

This dark green bedroom look is bold and daring but can instantly turn a bedroom into an alluring retreat. The emerald walls set the stage for a look that is glam to the max and also gives the room an art deco vibe. The furniture is chic yet comfortable, but the wall color definitely takes the look over the top. If you’re nervous about the dark green wall color is too bold, consider an accent wall instead! This will give you the same pop of color but won’t be such a commitment.

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The Hue: Black Emerald by Sherwin Williams

We chose Black Emerald by Sherwin Williams to make a statement in our emerald green bedroom. It’s incredibly bold but not aggressively green so you can have fun with the versatility.

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You like bold wall color and want to show off your personality with your design choices. It’s a great way to make your natural decor pop instead of blending into the background.

teal bedroomTeal Green Bedroom Oasis

Go forth and conquer with this super bold mid-century bedroom design! The eclectic decor makes the room feel cozy and high-contrast. It’s all about natural woods, which are a staple of this style and pair beautifully with this vibrant teal green. Having a dark color like this on bedroom walls can give it a very cozy, retreat feeling.

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The Hue: Dark Teal by Benjamin Moore

We chose Dark Teal by Benjamin Moore to strike the perfect balance of blue and green. It adds personality and complements the natural wood tones of this design style.

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You love the mid-century modern style and are seeking a bold and trendy aesthetic. The look helps create a cozy bedroom design that feels like your own private enclave. It’s also a perfect compromise if you can’t decide between blue or green bedroom design!

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