Design School: Green is In
Lend a refreshing look to your home by adding foliage or furniture
Play with patterns and experiment with furniture pieces to add life to your space.
Styling by Issa Villar. Photographed by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.
Read the original article ("Go Green") in the April 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.
An accent piece is a great way to add just the right amount of color to a room. It can act as a base color, or it can complement existing furniture.
Your desk or dining table will look great with this juicy lime green chair!
Who says you can only decorate with furniture? Items that tend to be consumed can also be used as décor. Stick to a single color, and place them where they will be noticed—these emerald green candles draw your attention to the beautiful beaded candlesticks.
Unlike your conventional fruit bowl, a platter or bowl of green apples makes for an interesting display.
Not ready for anything permanently green? Start with something small. With accessories like throw pillows, you can add subtle pops of green throughout the house without having to commit to anything long-term.
Curtains are like wallpaper or paint—they add interest to a wall, but are easier to change.
Don't forget to play with patterns—they add a whole new dimension to a space. Here, we layered a leafy-print placemat on top of a solid colored one to ground it. But you can also mix and match with other patterns as long as you keep within your color palette.
Instead of pattern in print, go for pattern in the design.
It's easy to pick out green-colored items, but why not “go green," literally? Recycle empty wine bottles by using them as vases. Place these green bottles on top of console tables or side tables, and line them up for major impact.
No green vases? Then decorate with greenery. Go for succulents, or better yet, some fresh herbs!
It's cool, relaxing, and easy on the eyes. With the right shade of green, you can instantly brighten up a dull room. Go bold and paint one or two walls (or all the cabinets, like in this celery green kitchen) and discover what a difference it makes!
Wallpaper can give you a variety of designs to choose from. Bring the outdoors in with this cheeky tropical leaf pattern.
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