The 20 Best Green Living Room Ideas We’ve Ever Seen

published Dec 15, 2019
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When it comes to choosing a paint color for your living room walls, why not think outside the box a bit and go for a shade of green? With the popularity of palm and banana leaf prints and plants as decor, it only makes sense that this hue is having a major moment. Whether you prefer a classic emerald color or a whimsical lime, you really can’t go wrong. And if you’re open to green living room furnishings, that’s another option, too, especially if you’re drawn to the whole bring the colors of outdoors inside trend. Scroll through the delightful rooms below to gather inspiration and find some fantastic paint color and product suggestions.

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7 Stylish Green Living Room Ideas

1. Make a Mural

This L.A. abode is just too cool with its fun patterned mural, plentiful plant life, and inviting green sofa. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could all have such stunning walls? Get a similar look using Behr’s Precious Emerald as your anchor color with pops of yellow, mint, and orange peppered throughout.

Credit: Abe Martinez

2. Try a Funky Sofa

Can’t fully commit to green? Start with a green couch (this shade reminds us of Glidden Vintage Vibe) and a patterned rug that also features the shade, as was done in this Austin, Texas, abode. Before you know it, you may find yourself picking up a paintbrush and feeling ready to go all in.

Credit: Claire Bock

3. Pick a Pattern

Come on, don’t be shy! If patterns are your thing, go wild, just like the residents of this London flat did in their living space. Smaller pieces like a throw pillow and lamp shade help tie the various shades of green together. This couch color closely resembles Benjamin Moore Chartreuse, so if you like it, you might find a way to use the paint color in your space, too.

4. Experiment With Mint

We promise you that mint isn’t just a color reserved for nurseries. It can look lovely and sophisticated in your living room, too! This Dutch home manages to incorporate green in a way that’s subtle but still plenty sweet. For a similar vibe, try a dash of Sherwin Williams Retro Mint on your walls or to accent your moldings and trim.

5. Go Modern

This L.A. home is full of spunk (and amazing architecture—check out those gorgeous exposed brick walls and those dreamy beams). The living room is full of green glam vibes, thanks to the statement sofa (which reminds us of Benjamin Moore Palm Coast Teal) that’s paired with palm leaf and leopard print pillows.

Credit: Emma Fiala

6. Try Some Teal

While teal is generally considered more of a blue-ish green, it still falls into the green family and can be a very calming and soothing shade. This Minnesota home features a nice and moody living room that would be oh-so-perfect to curl up in as the snow falls. Get the look with Sherwin Williams Cape Verde. It’ll play well with neutral furnishings and natural woodwork.

7. Make a Sunny Combo

Green walls paired with a warm yellow couch equals happy feels. This London home is warm and super inviting because of this fabulous color combo. According to the homeowner, the decision to go green, so to speak, was fueled by lots of browsing on Pinterest. To get the look, try Glidden’s Black Spruce.

8. Highlight a Focal Point

Hey, good looking! This green backdrop by Nicole of Poetry of Decor used to be a plain white, and the bold paint color makes a world of difference in emphasizing her living room’s fireplace. The feature wouldn’t pop nearly as much without this quick paint project. Recreate this idea in your own home with a shade like Olympic’s Ivy League.

9. Compare and Contrast

A large green wall makes a major impact in this home in Qatar. Wood shelves and other neutral pieces pop against a bold background. Try Grainger’s Forest Green in your own space for a similar effect.

10. Paint a Stylish Statement

Once again, a statement wall wins! We love how the vibrant green plants add even more energy to this boho New Mexican space, which is painted in a hue like Benjamin Moore’s Avocado.

11. Use a Lovely Light Green

Nicky of Our Home and Bits and Bobs used a color similar to Farrow and Ball’s Breakfast Room Green when designing the welcoming living room shown above. She went a little lighter on the fireplace, and that one shift in color creates a lot of depth and variation. Two colors on a fireplace may be better than one, even if the difference between the two is just their tones.

12. Maximize Your Studio Space

Even a small studio apartment can benefit from a touch of green, if this space in New Dehli, India, is any indicator. Wood accents and a mix of patterned chairs keeps the space from looking too plain or monochromatic. If you like the idea of going this shade of green, try out Sherwin-Williams’ Jargon Jade.

13. Come On, Get Happy

Emily of Macey Folk has a bright and colorful living room that features Valspar’s Veranda View. Dressing up the couch in yellow, red, and orange pillows contrasts with the green, creating a light and cheery energy in the space.

Credit: Minette Hand

14. Go All In With One Shade

Go a step further and paint your built ins and door a moody shade that matches your walls perfectly. It creates a super cozy, cave-like effect. We love the delightful shade featured in this Virginia Victorian home. Paint your own walls in Dunn-Edwards’ Black Spruce for a similar vibe.

Credit: Mike Hetu

15. Let Your Walls Shine Bright

This sunny living space in a Michigan home is colorful and collected, featuring many of the owner’s vintage finds. Don’t be afraid to incorporate bright hues like this one, which resembles PPG’s Mermaid Tears, in your own space.

Credit: Stacy Sheppard

16. Combine Light and Dark Greens

Stacy Sheppard gave her living room a mini revamp both by painting the walls green and adding lots of plant life, too. The darker furniture pieces keep the space looking natural and relaxed. The shade is close to Farrow and Ball’s Calke Green.

17. Go All In With Green

Valspar’s Devonshire Green makes a major splash in this beautiful British home by Hilary and Flo. We can’t get enough of the other pops of green in the space, from the oversized plant and funky lampshade to the collection of decorative green birds.

Credit: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman

18. Add Some Texture With Painted Frames

Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess chose to make an accent wall in her living room and added texture by hanging thrifted picture frames and painting over them—how clever? This technique is a great way to keep a solid color (she used Behr’s Chard) from looking too one-dimensional.

Credit: Ashley Mayes

19. A Splash of Sage

How cozy looking is this space by Ashley Mayes? We love how the black coffee table and oversized light fixture pop against the forest green walls. The shade that Ashley used is Behr’s Fig Tree.

20. Sparkle and Shine

A dramatic green looks wonderful when paired with a shiny chandelier, as seen in this 1930s home belonging to Lorna of My Small Semi. Replicate the look with Farrow and Ball ‘s Studio Green.