Green Room Ideas
Budget Spring Living Room
From Kelly to kiwi, going green has never been easier with our decorating tips and ideas.
In this stylish East Hampton beach house, Ikea bargains—$6 roman shades and a $99 jute rug—stylishly coexist with a $1,695 eco-friendly sofa by Lee Industries. The reclaimed-elm table is from local shop English Country Antiques.
In the library of this colorful farmhouse, the owners' built-in shelves, covered with photos and prints, become artworks themselves. The couple found the mercury-glass pendant lampshades at a local antiques show. An unusual coat of yellow shakes up a reproduction Windsor chair.
Striped Sitting Room
Vertical cream and green stripes, painted by Street-Porter, counteract the low ceiling in the upstairs sitting room.
Steal this idea: Hang similar pieceslike these portraits and silhouettestogether for greater impact. The owner of this renovated farmhouse chose artwork featuring public figures from the 18th century. She likes the faces: "I wanted to have portraits in the house, because they give you company."
Soft green walls and a white-painted floor give the master bedroom in this Connecticut farmhouse a soothing appearance. A collection of framed 19th-century pressed leaves and flowers substitute for a traditional headboard.
Fresh Green Kitchen
The owners of this Connecticut farmhouse borrowed from the verdant outdoors when creating the palette for the kitchen, hand-mixing the green paint used on the trim, work island, and some cabinet doors. Old chestnut boards reclaimed from the attic pave the room's floor.
Modern English Country Living Room
In a nod to English country style, the green living room in this renovated Catskills schoolhouse is filled with antiques, sculptural furniture pieces, and botanical patterns and prints on the walls. For a twist on the classic look, decidedly off-beat pieces, including silver scallop sconces, giraffe-print pillows, and a tropical-inspired chandelier were added.
Apple Green Entryway
Apple green paired with white makes for a cheery and inviting entryway in this Pennsylvania country home.
In a house without a dining room, the kitchen does double duty. To distinguish the room, the homeowner chose bold black cabinetry and white marble counters. In lieu of upper cabinets, he created an arrangement of vintage state plates set against a white wall. A circular window was added, which replicates one on the front of the house.
The use of graphic prints and lively colors in this bedroom keeps the focus away from the actual small-scale dimensions. Yellow-green paint and an exuberant green-and-white print enlivens the small space. The low-pitched roof created a seemingly unusable three-foot-high gap on each side of the room. A carpenter was contracted to fill one side with bookshelves, and the other with cabinets and storage drawers.
The faux paneling in this bathroom was crafted of 4x4's. For rooms (not just bathrooms!) with short ceilings, try placing art on the floor, rather than hanging it on the walls to give the room a sense of added height.