The Color Green is an Ideal Wall Color

One of the most prevalent colors on our planet, green offers a wide variety of hues, making it ideal for walls. It is a secondary color, meaning it is created through the blending of two of the primaries; in this case blue and yellow. So, greens with more yellow are going to be the olives, spring greens, mossy greens and limes. Those with more blue influence are the jades, sea foam, spruce and hunter greens.

Because green is everywhere, it offers us great color combinations directly from nature. You can pull together a color scheme based on the season you love most. For spring palettes just imagine the fresh bright spring greens mixed with all the hues of new spring flowers, pinks, yellows and white. On the other hand, the muted greens of autumn foliage mixed with harvest tones can take you in a completely different direction.

Color Green 1So, let’s imagine using greens in your decor and let Mother Nature give you her best color schemes! For instance, we can talk about the Spring pale apple greens paired with white trim for a bedroom, or a striking living room like this one from  A sun porch would be great in a bright lime green to link the inside and outside spaces. Bright lime can also be added as an accent to pinks or beiges to add some zing. Use it on accessory pillows, in artwork or pottery. If the green is bright enough, it could be plenty just to have a bright green piping on a cream sofa!

Color Green 2Summer’s intense leaf greens are often combined with the reds and pinks of geraniums and would be outstanding in a living/dining room combination. Think green walls with fabrics in the mixture of colors. Add white to really show off these crisp hues. I love the fresh take on green mixed with black and white in this bedroom from In fact, the accent in this room is a spring green which makes both greens really stand out. Or, imagine these same greens with soft yellows and blues creating a refreshing space in a room with a lot of sunlight.

Color Green 3Golden greens like avocado, olive and khaki have enough earth tone in them to make them comforting and cozy. We all know that they mix beautifully with every changing leaf hue, autumn browns, and golds. These hues can be just what you need in a family room or den to cozy up and enjoy the changing seasons. For a more contemporary look, pair olive with white and geometric patterns.  This room photo can be seen at

Color Green 4Winter’s greens are those of evergreen, fir, pine and holly. These tones are rich and often masculine and work well in studies, master bedrooms, dens, even family rooms. Use them above wood or painted wainscoting or as accent walls so they don’t become too cave-like. Try them in a hall or entry as you see here from  A dining room with winter green could be very nice combined with a white tablecloth, brass candlesticks and dinnerware sporting a touch of green. Just top it with a vase of deep red roses.

As you can see, green can work in nearly every room of your home. Generally, it’s a good idea that if you are using green liberally in your home, keep to the same season throughout, allowing some rooms to be dominantly green while others use just an accent or two. I might suggest keeping it out of the bathroom since your wall color will gently reflect onto your skin. No one wants to look green every morning or have green tinted guests after one of your meals! But green’s restful qualities do make it a fine color for bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and dining spaces.

Here are a few other interesting facts about the color green. It is second only to blue as a favorite color of most people, probably due to its abundance in nature and natural ability to soothe and relax. Interestingly, green has both positive and negative connotations. It is considered the color of peace and “going green”, yet it is also identified with illness, slime, the supernatural and anything eerie.

Here’s a negative and positive all wrapped together…do you know why operating rooms and surgeons clothing are green? Well, remember that green is the color opposite of red, so the gowns and walls are meant to neutralize the after image produced by the eye after a long concentration on a patients wound. Ew.

The green collage below was made by Melissa Gillard, a web designer.  If you want to see her other color boards, check out her website.

Color Green 5 If you love green, as in the collage above, it says something about you! Generally, you are practical, balanced and down-to-earth. You are also kind and compassionate – a great care-giver. People who love green are very social and need to be part of a group. Because of this you may have a tendency to gossip. You are a good citizen and doing “the right thing” is very important to you.  And, often those who love green also love food and may have a hard time losing weight. Hahaha, I must love green and not know it!

Well, that’s the serious side and the fun side of the color green. Have fun experimenting with it in your home!



  1. says

    Hi Shari. Thanks for writing the article and for mentioning my site. Green is one of my favorite colors, and I think your description of people who like green is accurate, at least for me. I had painted the walls green before, but now I think I prefer it as an accent color, especially by adding green plants to a space to bring nature indoors.

    PS: I use to watch your show back in the day! I love before and after decorating shows, especially when they incorporate DIY touches. Keep doing what you love!

    • Shari Hiller says

      Melissa! I’m so glad to hear from you! I thought the boards you made were lovely and I wanted to use every one of them!! Thank you for creating beautiful things and for making such a nice comment here.

  2. Terese Van Liew says

    So glad I came accross you site! I’m a decorating addict but don’t really know what I’m doing, and love to read tip and ideas. So thank you! My living room “accent” wall needs to be painted (right now it’s plum) and I am thinking green. The wall angels up to about 12′ and ‘connects’ sort of to the dining room on the upper level. (We live in a California split level house.) The dining room wall is a BM golden color, Amber Waves I think. Anyway, the other walls in the living room and the entryway are a light creamy color and the wood rail and trim is white. Problem – the carpet is mauve (you know, that lovely 70′s color) and we’re not able to replace it. So what color green would look good on that wall? It’s a south wall; e big windows are on the east wall. I’m thinking an earthy green, not too bright and not to dark. We have a large, ugly gray lava rock fireplace on west wall, opposite the window., and don’t have the means to anything with it either unfortunately. We have white/off white sofa and love seat and some some dark wood end tables.

    • Shari Hiller says

      Hi Terese,
      Wow, you do have a decorating challenge! Here are my thoughts (keeping in mind I have no idea what this really looks like or how intense any of the colors are)! First, is it possible to find some sort of inspiration piece for your living room. I’m talking about a patterned pillow, a piece of fabric or artwork, a dinner plate, something that has both the mauve and gray in it along with a couple other colors? If you could find even a scarf with those colors, you would have a guide to what colors would work nicely with what you already have. This would be my first and most important suggestion. Otherwise, I think you are right to think earthy with your green. It would almost have to be a “grayed” down green to blend with the mauve and gray. If you find a green, you will need to find other items that pull those three colors together so they make sense anyway, so you might as well start with the inspiration piece and try to make it a fabric you can use as draperies, pillows or a slipcover for something. Can you paint the gray fireplace? (Painting stone isn’t my first choice, but if it’s not attractive…you might consider that?) Hope some of this helps you!

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