Jonathan Holmes

How to Decorate Your Home with Dark Green

Dark green is the color of emeralds, deep seas and Scarlett O'Hara's famous dress. Deep green makes a statement! Here are some tips and inspirations for decorating with dark green in your home.

Dark green is a deep color and it needs to be balanced with similarly rich furnishings and accessories. For instance, deep green curtains and cushions in a dining room or living room go well with dark furniture that has an elegant shape. White-washed and pale furnishings are not as easy to combine with dark green.

Dark green makes a big impact, and can be used to emphasize architecture. A grand room with large bay windows or French doors looks elegant with dark green curtains. An antique fireplace with dark green glass candlesticks on the mantel looks striking. Often, large rooms wear dark green better than very small rooms. Because the color tends to absorb light, it can be overpowering in a small space. In contrast, sweeping large spaces can look regal in a dark green color.

Use lighting wisely when decorating with dark green. As mentioned previously, dark green is a color which tends to absorb light. Therefore, it important that you light the room well. Natural light on a dark green wall can look shimmery. A chandelier in a dining room decorated in dark green gives the color a jewel-like effect.

Carefully plan your design when using dark green on large areas, such as walls. Unlike lighter colors, dark green can look overwhelming if not used carefully. Save dark green for large rooms which receive a lot of light.

Also, there are many ways to temper the strength of dark green on walls. For instance, break up the color with prints and paintings on the walls. Furnish the room with equally striking furniture and light fittings. Otherwise, the dark green on the walls may overpower the whole room. Use delicate patterns in upholstery, cushions, artwork or curtains to counterbalance the solid green color.

These ideas aim to provide some inspiration for decorating with dark green. However, there are no 'set' rules to decorating. Most of all, experimentation and creativity will help you to decorate with dark green in your home.

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