12 Stunning Interiors: How to Decorate with Green Rugs and Accents
Throughout human evolution green plants and trees have provided us food, medicine, shelter and beauty- all essential for survival and happiness. We unconsciously associate the color green with soothing, nurturing and energizing qualities. It is no wonder that bringing the color green inside brings the pleasure of beauty and makes a room feel both restful and energizing. As in nature green is often used on the larger surfaces that surround us, such as green walls and green rugs.
If you think about it, in nature green goes with an infinite range of colors and shades found in flowers, tree bark, rocks and the sky. So green is nature's neutral color! Green will work as a great neutral inside the home-provided you learn from nature what colors to accent it with. Keep in mind that lighting inside the home will determine how a color or a combination of colors will look. So always examine colors of rugs and fabrics in the room where they are going to be used. Check the colors during day light and also in evening light.
1. Meg Braff's library demonstrates the flexibility and beauty of green as a neutral. Look carefully at the book bindings as well as the furniture and you will see that this small section of the library contains Chinese red, porcelain blue, chocolate brown, gold, terracotta, yellow, white, burgundy, aqua, black, pink... the list goes on and on. Meg Braff image.
2. Geoffrey de Sousa's sea green contemporary rug creates a serene yet energizing living room with upholstery, drapery, wall covering and wood floor in several shades of yellow green and brown. Black, white and yellow add punch
3. Alessandra Branca's bedroom uses the same cream and green toile fabric for the wall and the draperies thereby creating the feeling of sleeping under an arbor. Restricting the color palette to just green, cream, eggshell and white and patterns to the toile and green plaid fabric creates a refreshing and restful bedroom. A plain white rug completes the room to perfection.
4. David Hicks introduced geometric fretwork patterns in rugs and fabrics. This bedroom shows his mastery at mixing patterns and colors with a green geometric rug. Note the several shades of green starting with the apple green rug to the mint green fretwork pattern of the canopy and drapery fabric and the deep velvet green of the bench. The accent colors of turquoise blue, bright yellow, cream and white would be found in an English garden.
5. Amanda Nisbet creates an unusual and beautiful composition with several shades of yellow greens with gray, white, brass and yellow in this modern living room.
6. Melanie Elston used green walls to encase warm coral, brown, taupe, black, gold and cream tones in the upholstery. This is supported by an inlaid wood floor and a cream Oushak rug with coral and gold highlights.
7. Meg Braff chose an aqua green rug with a small scale geometric repeating pattern for this bedroom seating area. She demonstrates the crisp beauty of a color palette of several shades of yellow and blue green, cream, white and black. The last two colors add pop.
8. Peter Dunham brings the outdoors inside with the cream and green date palm patterned wall covering and an unusual pairing of green with pink including in the pink and green rug pattern painted floor.
9. Mary McDonald uses yellow green as an accent color in this living room. Cream and white are the neutrals and green, dark brown and red are the accent colors. The textured cream and green rug provides a calm and beautiful foundation.
10. Elizabeth Dinkel demonstrates that when green is used in large areas as a neutral color then a rug in an accent color such as beige is a very smart choice. The cream and beige geometric rug beautifully supports the aqua, green, blue, yellow, white and gold in this handsome bedroom.
11. Suzanne Tucker created the illusion of space by covering the ceiling, headboards and foot boards with the same toile fabric. The cream and green leaf botanical rug completes the feeling of being cocooned in an airy nest in the trees.
12. Suzzane Tucker chose a beautiful green rug with a subtle tone on tone damask pattern to support this luxurious and exquistely detailed seating area of a master bedroom. Here green is used as a neutral and the accents are coral, white, dark brown, gold and black.