Green bedroom ideas – 10 ways to decorate with olives, emeralds and sage greens

Let these green bedroom ideas inspire a calming makeover

Green bedroom ideas: Farrow & Ball green bedroom with gallery wall
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Green bedrooms are known for being the most soothing of all the bedroom colors. Green invokes a sense of calm and serenity, just what you want in a place that's mostly used for sleeping, right? And there are so many greens to choose from, so you can pick a tone that perfectly suits your style – you've got modern, moody olive greens, stylish sage greens, vibrant teals, barely-there pale greens and many many more. 

So to pay homage to this dreamy versatile hue, we have pulled together all our favorite green bedroom ideas to get you inspired. Whether you are after a bold color to be the focus of your space, or the perfect green to paint all four walls, we have you covered...

1. Pick a sage green for a light and airy bedroom 

Pale green bedroom with panelling

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'We all know green is a restful color so what better place to put this to practice than by decorating your bedroom in one of its tones.' advises Patrick O’Donnell, color consultant at Farrow & Ball. 'Not only will green help impart the mood of relaxation, but it will create a lovely link to the outdoors.'

Couldn't agree more, and what is a more restful green than a delicious pale sage? It's so light and fresh, almost a neutral that works as a backdrop for more neutral hues like white, cream and grey. Pair with lighter woods too and even touches of black as you see in this bedroom to ground all those pale hues. 

2. Go for a deep teal paired with blush pinks

Pink and green bedroom

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

And at the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the dark, atmospheric greens.  A  deep teal paint creates such an atmospheric inviting bedroom, and paired with a blush pink? Dreamy stuff. 

'If you want to create an intimate and cozy bedroom space, emerald green packs a full, but at the same time, an understated punch of color. It can transport you to the cool tiled floors of Marrakesh or to the traditional drawing room of a late 18th Century Georgian mansion, and its being used more and more in interiors today.' Martin Waller, Founder of Andrew Martin.

Smaller bedroom? 'Try decorating on both the walls and the ceiling for a fully immersive experience, this will help blur the boundaries of a room with limited space too.' recommends Patrick O'Donnell.

3. Add a touch of color with a barely there green

Farrow and Ball pale green bedroom

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'Restful spaces will benefit from neutrals or calming blues and greens - I love pale green in bedrooms because it’s contemplative and calming.' says color and paint expert Annie Sloan.  A light, fresh green is also perfect for small bedrooms or bedrooms that don't get natural light all day so need that extra boost of light enhancing color.

We love how this super light green looks paired with the dark wood in this bedroom, it's the perfect contrast and gives the room a clear focal point. 

4. Create a stylish green bedroom with olive walls

Farrow & Ball olive green bedroom

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Olive green seems to be the way to do green right now. It's rich, sophisticated and there are plenty of shades so if dark and dramatic, like this fabulous green bedroom, isn't for you opt for a lighter take. 

Whatever shade you choose, olive works best paired with lighter, brighter hues just to lift that slightly subdued undertone so paint your woodwork white or choose white bedroom accessories if decorating with this increasingly popular green.  

5. Pair panelling with a dramatic grey green paint

Green panelled bedroom with pendant side lamp

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Oooh love a moody grey green – it's the perfect tone for more traditional rooms that need a bit of a modern edge. Painted over paneling or over woodwork it instantly gives a cooler feel to a space. Pair it with crisp whites to contrast the deep shade and make sure you bring in plenty of bedroom lighting too as this is a green that absorbs light and can look a tad gloomy in the wrong space.

Love the idea of paneling? Check out our wall paneling ideas gallery for plenty of inspiration. 

6. Choose a vibrant teal 

Green panelled walls in a master bedroom with a metal bed, yellow and pink throws, and patterned cushions

(Image credit: Katie Lee)

A vibrant teal still brings in those calming vibes that green bedrooms are associated with, but is ideal if you want a bold color. We love this room, particularly because of the contrasting shades going on. The softness of the pink works perfectly to tone down the contrast of the green and the yellow so the scheme still daring but isn't too overwhelming for a bedroom either. 

7. Or go slightly darker in a green bedroom

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Want to add that drama of a deep green but not sure bedroom can all four walls? Add a feature wall of deep blue/green to create a more subtly green bedroom. By day, this shade it's light enough to bounce light around; by night, it will deepen to create an intimate feel. Better still, it's a great match for splashes of warm hues like deep yellows, oranges and pinks.

'One thing I would always avoid is anything too saturated in a bedroom – my bedroom is painted in deep Aubusson Blue and at night-time it’s the most seductive, soporific, cozy night-sky blue. In the morning as daylight fills the room you can see the green nuances to it. So I’m still getting my color kick but I’m not trying to go to sleep in a room with a bright green wall shouting at me.' says paint and color expert Annie Sloan.

Find loads more feature wall ideas in our gallery. 

8. Create a green bedroom quickly with wallpaper

wrought iron bed in bedroom decorated with william morris wallpaper

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Add some pattern and some green hues into your space with a green bedroom wallpaper. It might be a cliché but green does lend itself to nature-inspired prints – leaves, flowers, woodland motifs – and you will find so many options to suit your style from large banana leaf prints to small, more traditional patterns as you can see in this lovely bedroom. Pick out the other colors in the paper to create your color scheme and weave them throughout the rest of the room too for a really cohesive look. 

9. Make your space a restful retreat with pastels

painted green bedroom with dark green cabinet and pink lampshade

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Pastel shades aren't just reserved for children's rooms. These soft, soothing colors are perfect for grown-up bedrooms too. 

'Accent colors work really in bedrooms and shades such as pinks and greens produce a really romantic aesthetic and there are many ways in which to create an interplay between the shades, however, my favorite is combining lighter ice-cream shades of these colors.' says  Helen Shaw, Director of Benjamin Moore. 'I love this look in a bedroom as it feels soft and subtle whilst looking fresh and optimistic. It is a great look to wake up to, especially on a sunny morning.'

The key to preventing the room from feeling too... saccharine is to bring in some darker accent colors too, as you can see in this green bedroom with the drawer unit. 

10. Add greenery to a neutral bedroom with houseplants

White and green bedroom

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Want a super-easy green bedroom idea that you can do in minutes? Add houseplants. Houseplants count as green home decor, right? If you are renting so can't go painting your walls, or even if you want to keep your bedroom neutral and just add in green as a pop of color plants are the way to go. 

Pop them on a bedside table, hang them from shelves or pop them in a corner to add interest, texture and those all-important green hues. If you want to take the color theme further add more green with your throw pillows and sheets too.  

Is green a good color for bedrooms?

Yes, green is the ideal color for a bedroom. If you want to create a calming, serene sleep space then green is the way to go. Plus, it's so versatile with so many different shades that will suit different styles and create different moods. You can go super subtle and extra serene with a pale sage or very modern and vampy (but still relaxing) with a very deep shade. And it's a shade that works with loads of other colors too.

What colors go with a green bedroom?

'Green and blue is a winning combination in a bedroom, and one we as interior designers use as our neutral base.' says Jen & Marr, founders of Interior Fox. 'They are closely connected on the colour wheel, so it's easy to introduce the two tones to create the illusion of more colour without overpowering a space.'

'Fresh, earthy and completely versatile, you can't go wrong with green and blue. The trick is to tone up or down depending on the desired outcome. For a calming effect opt for lighter colors offset by natural finishes, or for a more sumptuous scheme choose much darker shades. We find that darker hues add more shadows and different tones when the light hits and make the perfect backdrop for brass accents.' 

And if green and blue is too cool toned for you, pair green with warmer hues like pinks, yellows and oranges. Yes, they are contrasting colors but if you want less of a bold look just pick toned down shades and more muted hues. 

Hebe Hatton
Hebe Hatton

Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer. As a renter, she is always looking for creative ways to make her flat feel like home. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration.