I’m sharing my green living room walls, what colors go with green in my space and how I’m slowly achieving that whole vintage-traditional, mid-centuryesque style.
Who would have guessed that a dark green living room would be what would make my home decor style sing?!
If you are a longtime reader, then you might know that five days before Christmas (while Luke was on a work trip) back in 2018, I decided to paint my living room walls green. I’m one of those people who likes to do projects when the mood strikes me. I’m motivated that way, for some reason. However, taking down all the extra Christmas decorations to paint my living room walls was quite the project! But, I did it and said goodbye to the Ultra White paint that I had on the walls.
I got asked about the white paint color all the time but, honestly, it never felt welcoming or quite right. The living room faces north so doesn’t get a ton of light and, although we love the white paint in the eat-in kitchen, it just never felt inviting to me in the living room.
Forest Green Living Room
Before I painted, I’d been talking to Luke about dark colors for the walls for months. I got a few swatches and just couldn’t pull the trigger. Then, I had a lightbulb moment and knew that I wanted the same depth of shade as our kitchen cabinets but I wanted it to be a forest green paint. So anyways, I painted back in 2018 and then, I’ve slowly been finding my way in terms of style and function in our space.
A friend of mine wrote an article about Creating Personality Without Chaos and I agreed with so many points. Adding texture, mixing styles and thinking about contrast in your space can really help make your space shine. I feel like the Korhogo piece kinda did all of those things itself.
Late last year, I knew that I wanted to invest a bit in the space and buy a few forever pieces. I’ve been on this kick of really thinking about each and every item I buy (see my #20in2020 highlight on IG for more of the backstory on this). I made a list of “would love to have in the living room” and have been slowly working on sourcing and intentionally adding those items to our space.
Affiliate links below. Thanks for supporting me! Click to read my privacy and disclosure policy.
Without going into the play-by-play of the pieces I’ve bought, moved or subtracted from the space (hit the #20in2020 for that), let’s just say that the space has come a long way over the past six months or so.
One of my biggest back-and-forth decisions in the green living room has been chairs for the space. I bought black leather chairs from Restoration Hardware and, when they got here, I hated them. The leather was, thankfully, not close to the swatch of leather that I ordered from them so I was able to get my money back on the custom chairs. That process was scary because I spent a lot of money and I made a bit of a mistake on the look and feel of the chairs for our space. For years, I’ve had my eye on the Field Lounge Chair from Blu Dot but have heard mixed reviews on the comfort level. I almost pulled the trigger on two for our living room back in April when they were running a huge sale but I didn’t end up doing it. I’d decided in April to just wait until we could take a trip and sit on one in person. Honestly, I’m regretting not buying them at this point though!
Around that time, I did find two orange velvet chairs on Facebook Marketplace. They were a good deal and I liked the lines on them so I scooped them up.
I bought mid-century replacement legs off of Etsy to help give the chairs a look that was more in line with my style. I sourced different fabrics to have the chairs recovered (you can’t see it well in the photos, but the arms and fronts of the chairs have definitely been scratched by a cat). Ultimately, I think they are pretty great chairs for what I’ve put into them, but I’m still really into those Blu Dot Lounge Chairs. So, I’m holding off on the reupholstery until I make a decision on whether to buy the other chairs.
Another recent DIY that I did in the space was to buy paintable outlet covers and paint them to match my dark green living room walls. Honestly, this was a great project. It’s super simple and if you have dark walls, like I do, with white outlet covers… it’s well worth your time to buy the paintable outlet covers so they blend in with the walls! If you look below the Korhogo Art piece in the next photo, you’ll see the outlet cover that’s painted the same dark green as the living room walls.
The only other DIY that I can think of that I did in this space (although it was years ago) is cutting the bamboo blinds to size. If you are trying to save money and love the look of layered curtains over bamboo blinds, then check out my post on how to cut bamboo blinds. I basically bought clearance bamboo blinds and cut them to make them work for my window size. It was an easy project and one that we’ve been happy with for years.
I put together a little walkthrough of our space. Enjoy!
I get lots of questions on the dark green living room paint color, so let’s talk about it as it’s a custom mix.
Forest Green Living Room Paint Color
I ended up going with Fig Tree by Behr with two extra shots of black. I’ll give you a picture of the paint formula so you can get the same color if you are interested.
If you take that photo of the paint color formula into your Home Depot, they should be able to recreate it. I’ve had a few people tell me that the associates at their store were confused, but other people, have said the opposite. Ask for a manager or someone with experience in the paint department, if you run into problems!
What Colors Go With Forest Green?
In my opinion, as you can see in my living room, I think tans and creams go really well with forest green. Black and charcoal also pair well. Accent colors to go with the green can be rust or more of a true orange.
Shop My Space
So, tell me… do you like where the vibe of our living room is going? I’ll be honest and say that I really think I’m headed in the right direction with the space. Eventually, I’d love to add different end tables, two new chairs and maybe a different art piece or two… but I really am happy with where I’m at right now.