How To Use Green Successfully In A Hallway



Green is the color of nature or, at least, the color most commonly associated with the natural world. The application of emerald hues in the home can be too strong if you use it all over a room. Green, for some reason, can become a little oppressive if you only have one shade on display. Textured greens, that use more than one tone, are usually better than a single color, if you have a large hallway to decorate. And using olive greens and pistachios in combination with white, is usually a better approach to take than a wide expanse of lime green, for example.Use a shade of green to add dynamism to a room, like a touch of natural color set against pure white or deep browns, rather than as the main color itself.

Used sparingly, green will still be the dominant tone. Green walls always look attractive set against a darker floor. If your flooring is white or an off white marble, go for a less strident, paler green for your walls. Use darker greens to pick out details, like window frames. When you have your hallway’s green color scheme worked out, add an accessory or two in a complementary tone to complete the look. Don’t worry about color matching at this stage. Darker shades for accessories will usually work.

Only Paint Some Walls Green.

Overdoing the use of green in one of the smaller rooms in a home, like your hallway, can be an easy mistake to make. Unless your corridor has a particularly high ceiling, or vaulting, it will be best to keep your ceiling white. If you have decided on a single tone of green that you will apply with paint evenly, choose one long wall and one short wall, leaving the others the same white as the ceiling.

All greens work well against white. Where you have the widest expanse of pure green, break up the look with some detailing, for instance, by using a slim table or some artwork. Alternatively, use the side of the hallway where you already have storage cabinets and paint those in your chosen shade. If your hallway is panelled, then you have a natural divide and can paint all of the top half of your walls green.

Twin Shades And Texture.

Using more than one hue is another good way of not allowing the hallway to become oppressed by the use of green. Slightly lighter tones, use progressively in a hallway that has interconnecting doors, is a good way of interrupting a mono-color approach. Twin tone wallpaper on one wall with a sympathetic tone of green used on opposing walls is another way to use green without overdoing it. Use a textured painting method to achieve a deliberately uneven look with your green, too.

Green Walls And Brown Floors.

As mentioned, green hallway walls with white door jambs and ceilings, is a tried a tested route to take. The use of brown flooring is another classis look to go for. Deep and dark browns, fake tropical hardwood tones and tanned ceramic floors, all look great set against a green wall. Use a brown floor to make your green and white wall combination shine. Natural brown wooden floors and laminates do the job well. If you have a light wood floor in a green-walled hallway, don’t be afraid to go a tone or two darker with your brown accessories and furniture.

Decorative Glazing.

Walls, set against a feature window in the hallway, make for a great reason to go for a verdant room in the first place. If your hallway has a window with green decorative glazing, the light play into the corridor will make the room constantly change. To get the best out of a tinted green window, use at least an element of two of emerald in the rest of the décor.

Checkerboard Floors.

Green floors are less commonly seen than walls. Staining your wooden floor deep green is not a look for everyone, but the style created can be exciting.For a classy look go for an alternating green and white ceramic floor, set off with some details like deep green vases.

New Approaches.

Try greens in new ways. Hallways are good places for the occasional design experiment. Why not use plastic material, like fake turf, as a novel approach to wall covering? Or how about glazed flooring with a hint of a verdant hue?

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Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on March 1st, 2013

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