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How to Decorate with Green and Red

Have you ever considered decorating with green and red? You might think green and red will make your home look like it is forever furnished in holiday décor. However, you can get a bold and even soothing look by decorating in green and red. Here are some ideas to help you decorate with green and red.

This green and red living room doesn’t have a touch of Christmas about it. It looks calm and inviting. I like the light green walls and the clever gallery of red artwork which picks up the red in the cushions and curtains. The key to achieving a relaxed look is the types of shades used. The walls are a light spring green rather than a dark Christmas tree shade! The red is a lovely warm almost-raspberry shade.

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Plus, the many ivory and cream accents help to break up the color contributing to a relaxed mood. You might be surprised at how many off-white accents are used – in the cushions, throw, fireplace, lampshade, vase and stripes in the curtains. All these off-white accessories help to temper the red and green color scheme.

Deep shades of red and green can look rustic. I like the Early American feel of this interior. The brick shade of the walls is slightly distressed to add to the aged look. The dark green of the woodwork is complimented by the cream walls. Using slightly yellow shades of white in this way helps to create an antique look. The bright red tulips with deep green leaves are a perfect accompaniment for the red and green theme. Why not compliment the color scheme in a red and green room by using fresh flowers?

This laundry room which was featured in Country Living is a playful interpretation of the red and green color scheme. I love the giant red letter ‘M’ which is a decoration on the wall. Again, the designer has cleverly used lots of white to help soften the contrast of red and green. A pale shade of green also makes the color scheme light and relaxing.

Red and green are very strong colors and can fight with each other. However, there are ways to get around this, as demonstrated in the rooms above. They use lots of ivory or cream accessories to help break up the color. They also allow one color to lead to prevent the colors from competing. For instance, green is used in a lighter shade than the red and in lesser quantities. This allows the green to support, rather than compete with the red.

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