Is Your Home Green?


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I bet you thought this was going to be about “Green” or environmentally friendly interior decorating, huh? Actually it’s about the color. I’m not against “green” decorating, but for some the cost is too much for their budget. In fact, one of the ways I like to keep stuff out of landfills is to use what a client already has in new ways. Either by painting old furniture, or finding new ways to use what’s there.

green grunge home background

On to using green in your home decorating. Green can be either warm or cool depending on the amount of yellow or blue in the mix. Some say that green can help to improve your reading ability. They also say that laying a transparent sheet of green paper over your reading material will increase reading speed and comprehension.

Western meanings of green:

  • nature
  • serenity
  • hope
  • wealth
  • safety
  • peace
  • security
  • envy
  • passivity

Decorative pillow bed

In Feng Shui, green stands for:

  • harmony
  • tranquility
  • restfulness
  • health
  • good luck
  • infertility
  • envy

I like green. It also happens to be my daughter’s favorite color. Though I don’t tend to use it on the walls. Depending on the shade you choose, it can be unflattering to your skin. I prefer to use it as an accent and to add plants to your room.


This is one of my favorite shades of green because it’s a glass bottle and wine comes in it.

Diva Decorating Tip: Add plants in every room. They are pretty, clean the air, and make for an easy decorative element. Just don’t forget to water them!

pflanzen rot-weiß-grün

There are tons of greens to choose from and it can be mixed in with any other color. Yellow greens go with warmer colors and blue greens are cooler. Combining green with black and white makes for a fresh, vibrant palette.


Green and blue are close together on the color wheel and can be very harmonious when used together in a room. For drama use deeper shades of green and purple. For the most dramatic color scheme use green and red. To keep it from looking too ‘Christmas-y,’ vary the shades of each color.

Defocused Christmas Lights

There are no limits to the use of green in decorating. It can be a neutral background or the main color in your space. From pale tints to dark and moody shades you can find a green that will make your home a haven even if you only bring it in by way of plants!

Feeling stuck or unsure how to go about transforming your space? Head on over to Diva by Design and let’s get started on your room transformation today! I even have Thanksgiving and Christmas mood boards to help you with your holiday decorating. Click here to see them. And, hey! Show me some love by leaving a comment or sharing my post with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, even Pinterest!

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