Which Greens Work Best When Decorating with Green Rugs?

If you’re passionate about the color green, you may be wondering if it’s possible to decorate a green room with green rugs. You’re wondering if the presence of so much green would be overkill. There are so many different shades of green in the rainbow. Whether you’re attracted to the deep, moody tones of a pine green, the delicious, lemony hues of chartreuse or the cozy, warm vibe of olive green, the type of green that you choose will greatly affect the look and feel of your room. 

If you’re thinking of decorating with green rugs, you can choose a green rug that is soft and soothing or bold and energizing. When pairing those green rugs with green-colored walls, the final look will depend on the shade of green you choose for the walls. If you’re trying to get the party started with a French or English style room filled with colors that don’t necessarily go together but somehow work together, go for it. If this is the direction you’re going in, make sure that you choose your rug first. Then, choose your paint. You’re not trying to alienate people when they walk into the space, but instead you’ll be trying to invite them to join in on the fun.

If your viridian fantasy involves a more soothing marriage of green walls and green rugs, still begin your palette with the green rug. It’s much easier to change green paint than it is to change an impossible-to-replace green rug. Choose your paint swatches and keep trying them out until you find the vibe that you’re looking for.

Pairing Green Rugs with Very Pale Green Walls

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In the 1960’s and 70’s David Hicks started the fashion for geometric rugs. His prestigious clients included the aristocracy, and media and fashion elites. This bedroom has a masterful mix of geometric patterns and vibrant colors. The room is layered with several shades of green starting from pale mint green walls, to apple green rug, mint green canopy and draperies and ending with deep green velvet on the bench. Hicks finished off the design scheme with pops of lemony-yellow and peacock blue. Image courtesy David Hicks.

Before there was an India Hicks, there was her father, David Hicks. The legendary British interior designer was famous for his ability to mix bold colors with antique and modern furnishings. Originally a designer for ad agency JWT, he went on to design everything from royal residences to film sets. His obsession with patterns grew into the development of his own line of textiles and fabrics, some of which you can see in the above bedroom.

This serene space features walls cloaked in pale mint green that appears almost white. The pattern in the green rug contrasts beautifully with the vintage furniture in the room. The pale yellow-green tones in the green rug help ground the floor without overwhelming anything else in the room, and the green rug offers the perfect complement to the pale green walls.  The room reads “green” but at no point do you feel overwhelmed.

Would you Pair a Green Rug with Medium Green Walls?

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Called the Green Drawing Room by John Quincy Adams, it was refreshed by Mrs. George W. Bush with the help of Forth Worth, Texas, designer Kenneth Blasingame and White House curator William Allman as well as the Committee for the Preservation of the White House. A medium green Aubusson rug is paired with medium green walls. Image courtesy of Peter Vitale Photography and the White House Historical Association.

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This view of the Green Drawing Rooms in the White House shows how the vast expanses of cool green in the room are balanced by red and coral chairs and red and coral accents in the drapes. White wood trim and white ceiling adds contrast. Using red and white in the room was made easier by the fact that both colors are in the green Aubusson rug. Image courtesy of Peter Vitale Photography and the White House Historical Association.

If there’s still any doubt that green walls can work with green rugs, the White House Green Room should put all doubts to rest. The White House green room is decorated with the most luscious elements, from the massive 19th-century chandelier made from French cut-glass and ormolu to the Duncan Phyfe-designed furniture to the majestic green, red and cream and white Aubusson rug. The walls are covered with a stunning green silk fabric picked by First Lady Jackie Kennedy that gives the room a decadent yet classic feel. The other textures and colors in the room actually enhance the green. Over the years, it’s been a favorite of White House residents and visitors alike due to its beauty and warmth. 

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President and Mrs. Bush in the Green Room. Image courtesy Architectural Digest

In other words, yes…green rugs and green walls can go together beautifully. Enjoy your love affair with green to the max. As Harry Winston said, “People will stare. Make it worth their while.”

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