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How to decorate with brown and green colour schemes

Updated February 21, 2017

When decorating with a brown and green colour scheme, use nature as your inspiration. Keep outdoor elements such as the trees and sky in mind when combining colours. Use fresh green to lighten up rich brown shades, or dark brown to ground bright green hues; the opposite colours will balance each other out. Use neutral-coloured decor items to break up the brown and green palette.

Paint your living room walls a muted sage green shade. Decorate with a sofa featuring earthy chocolate brown upholstery. Buy a chair with brown,cream and sage green stripes to tie the look together. Hang wall art featuring a blue sky and brown and green tree scene to complement the room's nature-inspired style.

Decorate your bedroom with an exotic flair. Choose a comforter featuring rich shades of copper brown, paprika, olive green, burnished gold and deep red. Hang coordinating olive green curtains on the window. Add warmth to hardwood floors with copper brown rugs. Place red roses in a shiny gold vase for an elegant look.

Enhance a bathroom with a modern style. Paint the walls a crisp white shade to set the backdrop for vibrant colour. Hang a shower curtain featuring dark brown and lime green geometric shapes from a sleek silver rod. Buy shiny silver bathroom accessories, such as a towel bar and rubbish bin. Display a combination of white, brown and lime green towels for a decorative look.

Adorn your kitchen with a garden-inspired flair using a brown and green colour combination. Lighten up dark brown cupboards and flooring by painting the walls a lively green melon hue. Enhance worktops with rustic terracotta pots filled with green plants or herbs. Wrap real or fake ivy around a china cabinet. Brighten a dark wood table with a green glass vase filled with white calla lilies.

Things You'll Need

  • Green paint
  • Brown and green furniture
  • Wall decor
  • Comforter
  • Curtains
  • Rugs
  • Vase
  • Flowers
  • Shower Curtain
  • Bathroom accessories
  • Towels
  • Plant pots
  • Plants
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Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.