Paint color help (master bedroom with outdated green carpet)
April 1, 2013
I am trying to freshen up my master bedroom. My big stumbling block is the green carpet. I am not ready to replace it. This will happen in a few years when we have saved enough to update all bedrooms and long hallway with hardwood. I bought a pretty ivory cream quilt and ivory cream curtains. What color should I paint the walls to go with green carpet (think 90's hunter green with slightly blue undertone) and ivory bedding and window coverings? My furniture is a medium wood tone with yellow/orange undertones. Thanks for suggestions.
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How about creamy walls and a bedspread with different shades of green in it or a floral? I had the same problem and I used a floral spread.
    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 8:51AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I think that the palest of greens such as Sherwin-Williams 6189 Opaline would work well, or a pale gold, S SW6378 Crisp Linen.
    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 8:55AM
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A. Peltier Interiors
I think if your going to work with green now is the perfect time. Pantone named emerald green the color of the year. You can find a ton of inspirational rooms with this green in it. However, if you just stick with cream and green your room will fall flat. You will have to add texture and pattern to pull it off. I do like the cream quilt, it will neutralize everything but you will need to add a pattern on a throw pillow and maybe even drapes and an additional throw on the bed. Then once you have the ENTIRE room picked out, you can begin to look at paint. Already pick out your paint color last, you can create any color you want out of paint and there is no reason to pick it first and then have to work around it.
Check out this blog post on using emerald green in your home:
and this pinterest board for even more ideas:
    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 9:06AM
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You need a pattern to fold into thirds at the bottom of your bed and to add in a pair of shams to bring in life and tell a color story and then your wall color can be the predominant tone - like a pretty muted blue or teal. If you find something beautiful, with ivory and green and many colors, you can do a lot of different things.

Look at this put this on a summer down comforter and fold it at the bottom of the bed in thirds when you make your bed up. It will layer right in with shams with your ivory. See how many different shades of green are in this print?
This print might not move you, but it would be worth it to buy it, bring it home and look at it in the room and take it back just so you can see what I'm trying to show you. Then, find a print you love with blue and green and ivory. The more shades of green in the print, the better - why?

Now you have told the eye that the dark green "belongs," but you can paint the walls a lovely blue from this print - men love blue walls so he won't mind the print comforter and then use the gorgeous coral tone for accents in your room. Test in your light - best pick - I did think this print was easier to introduce to a fella than a floral because it is a nature / garden scene.

Now your room has green but it isn't "greeny" at all - it is just the carpet that coordinates. p.s. I would not go "gold" or any color in green because it will just highlight the green-ness of it.
    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 9:46AM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Pottery Barn has a new bedding group called Rosalie Paisley that has a nice mix of turquoise with some green.
With your cream colored quilt, I'd add in 3 euro shams plus the duvet cover. I'd place the duvet, folded, at the foot of the bed, giving you a nice paisley "sandwich" with cream quilt in the center.

It may not go with your carpeting, but I'm hoping it does and if so, it's a great look.
    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 10:04AM
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I agree with libradesigneye; I was thinking of peacock colours (wherein the teal and iridescent colours could work with your hunter green) throw in shocks of ivory for sophistication.
    Bookmark   April 1, 2013 at 10:05AM
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Barnhart Gallery
With a color that impactful, I'd continue your cream color throughout, and accessorize using the color of your furniture with only touches of the green in art and textiles. I like Micheal Sowa's "Fowl with Pearls" to make playful sense of your colors.
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