21 Green Living Room Ideas for a Relaxing Decor Upgrade

green living room ideas

Lance Gerber

Commonly associated with the beauty of lush grass and trees, shades of green have been found to relax and calm the mind — making them a popular choice for serene living spaces. Whether it’s with an accent piece or you’re going for a full monochrome look, there are endless ways to bring greens into a living space — most notably with a fresh coat of paint. You can also weave in a pop of color with a green velvet sofa, decorate with houseplants or layer in green accents like living room curtains, carpets and throw pillows. If your interior doesn’t yet feature a touch of green, we’ve rounded up gorgeous green living room ideas that will convince you to redecorate.

Greens are incredibly versatile and pair beautifully with almost any color — from whites, creams and grays to blues, pinks and reds. Depending on your existing color palette and design style, you may choose to embrace a moody deep tone, vibrant hue (like lime green) or a neutral green (some shades can appear almost white). Sneak peek: we’ve included a ton of living room paint color suggestions.

As you scroll these stunning interiors, you’ll find styling tips like how to create contrast with other bold hues, add gold fixtures and decorate with complementary decor. For our crafters, we sprinkled in a few DIY home decor projects (like a genius accent wall).

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Layer in Shapes and Textures

Instead of going for green walls, bring in soothing pops of color with intriguing elements and textures. Here, interior designer Michelle Boudreau turns the fireplace into a statement piece and complements it with two geometric armchairs. Not to mention, the abstract wallpaper features pale green patterns to tie the space together.

Create Contrast With Wood Paneling

Create an eye-catching — yet relaxing — interior with a gray-green shade. Here, designer Bria Hammel uses Benjamin Moore’s Knoxville Gray to paint the walls, trim and fireplace bricks of this Minnesota home.

For an inviting living space, choose a soothing, nature-inspired hue for your walls. Tie it all together by layering in natural materials like wicker furniture, raw wood tables, clay vases and fresh greens. In this case, Michelle Boudreau isn’t afraid to layer in a second pop of color with a set of orange armchairs.

A sophisticated shade of green is the perfect backdrop for a gallery wall. Here, designer Alexandra Kaehler uses Benjamin Moore’s Essex Green. Recreate the look by going for a mix of light and dark woods, as well as gold and black frames.

As much as we love a vibrant interior, green walls don’t have to be bold. There are plenty of gorgeous green shades that feel incredibly neutral and versatile — like this pale, airy hue. A light green paint color is perfect if you have a bright, sunny space.

A classic color combination, it’s no surprise that shades of green are effortlessly elevated by gold accents. To complement the dark green walls, interior designer Jenn Feldman goes for gold lighting fixtures, tabletop decor and furniture with gold legs.

Give Wood Panels a Refresh

For an instant upgrade, paint your wood wall panels a bright hue — like a modern green-blue. You can maintain an elegant look by keeping the upper portion of your walls painted a neutral beige.

Add Shiplap to Your Fireplace

Here, blogger Ashley Rene gives an old brick fireplace a makeover by adding a faux concrete finish and shiplap — which she paints an earthy green hue. To complement the green above the mantel, she brings in natural materials and touches of greenery (like the eucalyptus on top of the built-in shelving.

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Cover your walls with a playful, yet classic, striped wallpaper — like this one, which alternates between a subtly bright green and fresh white. This interior is full of color, but no shade is too bold that it overpowers the rest. To tie back to the wallpaper, there’s a set of matching throw pillows on the blue sofa.

Pair Mossy Greens With Browns

In this cozy interior, Sherwin-Williams’ Evergreen Fog — a subdued mossy green — becomes the conversation starter. It pairs well with a wood beam ceiling, brown leather couches and dark wood armchairs. For contrast, the fireplace mantel and window seat remain a bright white hue.

Create an Accent Around Your Mantel

Often times, the fireplace sets the tone in a living space — making it the perfect place to bring in a pop of color. Install shiplap around the fireplace mantel, or opt for a fresh coat of paint if it’s already there. Go for a deep, moody hue like the one here — which happens to be Studio Green by Farrow & Ball.

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Blue and green are a great color combination for crafting a serene space, so don’t be afraid to mix and match hues. With a more neutral green on the walls, this interior features a geometric blue rug and patterned blue sofas.

Go Dark, From Floor to Ceiling

Accessorize With Greenery

Not much pairs better with calming green walls than a surge of beautiful houseplants. Here, it’s taken a step further with a green, 3D leaf installation from designer Maryline Damour of Damour Drake and fiber artist Sienna Martz.

Use Furniture to Bring in Greens

Surprise: you don’t have to go for verdant walls to create a green living room! Go for a vibrant green sofa (layered with green throw pillows), curtains, artwork and planters full of real plants.

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From the exposed ceiling beams to the antique artwork and decor, this entire space feels earthy and nature-inspired. The light green walls, broken up by a sunny window with sheer curtains, only elevates the mood.

Turn a simple surface into a striking accent wall with a vibrant green paint color, (here: Chard from Behr paint), but add old picture frames to create dimension. The best part? You can pick up a bunch of old frames at local thrift or antique stores to save money.

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From the bright green walls to the lively red sofa, this cozy interior is proof that it doesn’t have to be the holiday season to pull off this unique color combination. Keep in mind if you’re going for two bold hues, layer in neutrals to tone it down — like the white throw, marble fireplace mantel and glass table lamp.

Lean Into Indoor-Outdoor Living

With big windows and sliding glass doors, this minimalist interior embraces the beauty of surrounding outdoor greenery — which conveniently pairs with the gorgeous green sectional.

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