This article was written and researched by Maria Shams – a professional architect and interior designer – to ensure that the content is unique and factually accurate.
If you are thinking about decorating your bedroom green, you might be wondering if emerald green is a good color to use or not.
Emerald green is a good color to use in a bedroom because its close connection with nature invokes a feeling of both relaxation and clarity – making it an ideal choice for bedrooms that also double as a study, reading, or working space.
But you may feel intimidated at the prospect of including emerald green in your bedroom because it is has a rich appearance – so how do you incorporate this color effectively?
To use emerald green correctly in your bedroom, use it as a secondary color to create a feature wall for a bold appearance, or use it as an accent color for a more subtle integration. Emerald green gradients can make the room look taller – as can contrasting white color blocks.
In the rest of this article, I have expanded upon these concepts to give you 10 emerald green bedroom ideas that you can copy or adapt according to your needs.
The designs are based on my experience as a professional architect and interior designer to ensure that they follow conventions whilst also being somewhat unique.
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10 Emerald Green Bedroom Ideas
Here are 10 emerald green bedroom ideas to inspire you:
1: Leverage a Gradient from Light to Dark to Uplift the Space
A gradation of shades of green – from dark to light – can bring a touch of variation to your space.
The shift from light to dark creates a visual passage for your eyes and stops the space from appearing too static.
In this example, you can see a subtle gradient that goes from a deep emerald green into a softer teal and eventually brightens into an almost fluorescent lime green.
It gives the space an appearance of being taller and more spacious than it is.
This is a great technique to employ for a low-ceilinged room, to create the illusion of height.
You can keep the gradient in a plain finish, or you can opt for a textured appearance (either in paint or wallpaper, whichever suits your needs).
A textured look adds a tactile element to your walls.
You can offset it with smooth finishes for your furniture, to maintain a sense of overall balance in your space.
I would recommend that you pair your gradient walls with furniture accents in neutral colors, such as beige and soft gray.
Maintaining neutrality in your décor palette will allow your green walls to shine as the focal element in your space.
How to Copy This Design:
To achieve this kind of gradient with the best results, you will need the services of a professional painter.
You can also go looking for wallpaper in similar colors.
If you’re planning on applying the gradient on all walls, as in the example above, you can include some white and gray shelving on one wall to break up the monotony and add some visual interest.
However, take care to leave at least one wall devoid of additional accessories, to act as your focal wall.
You can include some brightly colored, abstract feature art that complements the appearance of your walls.
Alternately, you can also opt for décor items in black and white, such as the frames and sculptures displayed on the shelves.
I would advise that you match the color of your furniture with the floor finishes.
Here, the grayish beige color of the tiles is reflected in the colors of the bed frame and the shelves.
Use bedding in muted tones of teal and duck egg blue, to complement the green of the walls without competing with it.
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2: Create an Artificial Plant Wall to Add Life and Textural Interest
A living wall of dense vegetation is a very interesting way to include green into your space.
You can create a mosaic using artificial plants, to give the impression of a wall overrun by nature.
We are always looking for ways to bring a hint of the natural environment into our interior spaces, be it through color, potted plants, textures, or prints.
What better way than to give a lifelike impression of a green wall, without the hassle of worrying about when to water it, or how to maintain it.
When using an element so heavily rooted in nature, I like to introduce other textures with a raw, unfinished appearance, as they would be found in nature.
In this example, you can see a rough stone texture on the adjacent wall, that perfectly complements the bright green of the living wall.
I like to pair deep greens with bright, clear whites, to give the space a bright and expansive appearance.
Here, you can see how the bed linens and cushions contrast with the green of the focal wall.
The delicate gold lamps with white lampshades also add a touch of modernity.
The natural appearance of the wall finishes, and the clean, bright whites of the décor, create a balance between the rustic and the modern – thus maintaining the luxury and efficiency of contemporary interiors while rooting it in the traditions of the past.
How to Copy This Design:
Pick a focal wall to use as your living wall, and create a mosaic out of artificial plants.
You can use a single type, as in the example above, or you can use a variety of foliage, to create a denser and more overgrown appearance.
You can install the wall yourself, or you can avail the services of a professional if you prefer.
You will need to make sure that the plants are firmly fixed to your board, and later, that the board is securely attached to the wall.
For secondary walls, you can opt for either natural stone finishes or wallpapers.
The decision to go with either of the two will depend on your personal preference and your budget.
If you don’t like stone, you can also opt for a limestone or brick texture, both of which will complement the greenery of your living wall very well.
Keep your bedroom furniture simple and modern.
Anything too ornate will look out of place and will compete for attention with your focal wall.
It’s best to maintain a hierarchy of visuals by allowing the green wall to shine.
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3: Include Darker Shades of Green to Create Depth
You can use darker and lighter shades of the same color to highlight depth and create recesses in a room.
A darker color used within niches can draw attention to the surfaces, and distinguish them from the rest of the wall.
A darker surface like this is a great canvas on which you can play with light.
You can place spotlights to highlight any art you might want to place on these surfaces.
Or you can add a textured material like a mosaic and highlight that.
An example of both strategies is available in the image above.
If you lack the space to create extrusions of your wall, you can always create an illusion using two-dimensional color blocking on a flat planar surface.
A variation of tones of the same color will give the appearance of shadows that would be created in a recessed space otherwise.
I like to complement the presence of green with some accents in natural finishes.
For example, in this image, a wooden floor creates the perfect natural complement to balance the green-toned walls.
If you can’t manage a wooden finish for your flooring, you can instead use furniture in a pinewood finish to give a bright, yet natural balance to your space.
How to Copy This Design:
When you’re choosing your paint, select variations of the same color – a darker tone and a lighter one.
Take some samples home so you can swatch them to decide which combination you want to work with.
Accent the space with potted indoor plants in a variety of pots, in neutral shades like gray and white.
This will help reinforce the idea of green being connected to nature.
You can also use metallic buckets for a hint of a rustic appearance.
Soften the presence of green by using a light and breezy fabric for your curtains.
This will allow natural light to permeate your space, and make it look bright and inviting.
Additionally, the influx of natural light will dictate where and how you place your décor, giving you some idea of how to proceed.
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4: Juxtapose Color Placements to Define a Reading Nook
With a neutral base color for the wall surfaces, you can use strategic placement of color to define, or set apart, a space from the rest of the room.
This space could be defined as a reading nook, or a small study, for instance.
A surface treatment using a different color, such as green, can be used to define a threshold in a larger space.
It is a way of indicating to the user that this is where one space ends and another begins.
This is a great way to incorporate multiple functions into the same space, without making the room appear haphazard and cluttered.
I recommend that you only do this when you can create a high contrast between the base color and the emerald green.
Without a high degree of contrast, the separation of spaces will fail to be properly defined.
To decorate these spaces, use an inverted color scheme.
For the white space, include furniture with green upholstery, and for the green area, use furniture in a stark white.
For each space, the furniture will then become a standout element against the backdrop of the wall.
How to Copy This Design:
When you’re selecting your furniture, make sure it matches the color you’ve chosen for your walls.
You don’t want to use white furniture against beige walls or vice versa.
A consistent color strategy will make sure the space comes together as a cohesive whole.
You can soften the contrast by adding some white accent pieces against the white walls, and some green décor elements, such as indoor plants, against the green wall.
Doing so will create continuity across the threshold of the two colors.
Add small hints of color here and there, in the form of décor elements or cushion fabric, but let the overall color scheme of the room adhere to the two basic colors on your walls.
A pop of color will add visual interest, but in larger quantities can overpower the space and detract from the purpose of introducing color in the first place.
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5: Create a Sheltered Space With an Emerald Green Ceiling
An interesting way to use color in your space is to feature a splash of color on your ceiling while maintaining a palette of soft neutrals in the rest of the space.
A colored ceiling will reflect a sense of enclosure and shelter, and give your space a cozy feel.
This technique is ideal for large spaces, where an emerald green ceiling can visually limit the height of the space.
This will give the illusion of reducing the height of the room, thereby making it appear more sheltered and comfortable – ideal for a bedroom space.
In this example, I’ve shown you an interior with a design that adheres to a soft, neutral palette of beige and sand tones.
Certain features harken to elements found in natural environments, without being very obviously green and lush – such as the wooden floor finishes and fluted wall panels, the arrangement of pampas grass, and the wall art in diffused and muted shades.
How to Copy This Design:
When selecting the color of paint for application, bring home a couple of swatches.
Test them out in daylight so you can get an idea of what shade will work best for the space you envision for yourself.
The strength of this strategy lies in how cohesive the color of the ceiling appears.
Avoid placing lighting fixtures that reflect upwards, and create disjointed spots of brightness.
Instead, opt for fixtures that direct the light downwards, thus accentuating the depth of the color of the ceiling.
Choose your curtains in a sheer and breezy fabric, to allow diffused natural light into your space.
The softness of the filtered light will brighten the overall space, instead of creating spots of harsh light.
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6: Create an Interesting Feature Wall With Botanical Wallpaper
Nowadays you will find a large variety of wallpapers in a range of prints, patterns, and textures to decorate your interiors with.
An interesting way to incorporate emerald green into your interior décor is to apply wallpaper in a botanical print, or a pattern of emerald green.
The wallpaper immediately becomes a focal point of particular interest in your bedroom.
A print featuring large and leafy plants, such as the one in the image above, can be a piece of art in itself.
A stylized depiction of a natural environment connects your space to the outdoors and adds an element of interest.
I recommend that you limit the wallpaper to a single surface, and keep the rest of the walls in a neutral color, depending on the base color of your print.
Here, the base color is a muted gray, and that is extended into the surface treatment of the walls.
You can reinforce the presence of emerald green tones by choosing fabric in the same color.
A soft fabric like velvet or suede works well with a jewel-toned color like this, by adding an element of depth.
In the example above, the green upholstered chairs tie the appearance of the whole room together.
How to Copy This Design:
When looking at wallpaper designs, choose a print that will sit well on the wall you’ve selected, or you can have it customized to adhere to the size of your wall.
Alternately, you can go for a painted mural, or even do one yourself, to add a personal touch.
For a secondary color accent, choose a color from the wallpaper design itself.
In this image, the pops of red and brown in the wallpaper image are expanded upon in the rug on the floor.
A simple textured pattern for the rug complements the space without competing for attention with the wallpaper.
Keep the furniture simple and modern.
Here you can see the armchairs are in a combination of black metal and wooden accents.
The deep green upholstery accentuates the presence of green in the room.
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7: Make the Room Look Taller With White Color Blocking
Strategic color blocking can be used to create an illusion of a heightened space.
A band of emerald green running along the lower section of the wall leaves the rest of the area in a neutral white.
As the white continues on the ceiling plane, it will create a visual path that directs the eye upwards, thus creating the impression of a taller space.
An uneven division of color means the dominant color will imbue its properties in the ambience.
I would recommend that you choose your furniture in lighter colors, such as pinewood, with white accessories and upholstery.
You can add a classy element by introducing a touch of gold accents in your décor items, for instance in the suspended ceiling lights above.
Soften the division of color by arranging indoor plants to rest at the threshold between the two colors.
Taller plants will work best for this, and you can give them some added height by choosing elevated planters, for example.
This division of color will soften the space, and create a sense of balance.
How to Copy This Design:
To implement this design in your space, choose a shade of green that has a cooler undertone, for a more modern and breezy appearance.
Use lightweight furniture and décor, as anything bulky you introduce in this design will weigh the space down.
In this example, you can see the furniture is in a light-colored pine finish, with rattan accents.
The absence of upholstery and cushioning furthers the sense of levity in the space.
Even bulkier elements, like plant pots, can be visually light if you choose cool-toned finishes for them, such as a fair concrete finish with a gold pattern.
The height of the plant will also decrease the visual weight of the bulk.
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8: Pair Emerald Green with Black and Gold for a Modern Look
For a modern and classy look, you can dictate the furnishings and décor to adhere to a tasteful black and gold palette.
The combination of black with gold speaks of elegance and sophistication.
The depth of the black tones allows the gold elements to shine against it, creating a delightful contrast between them.
For larger furniture pieces, you can either go for ones that have a matte black appearance or if you prefer wood, you can choose pine wood in an amber finish.
Pair that with gold metallic legs or handles, and you have the perfect complement to offset your emerald green walls.
I like to add a pop of color, to prevent the space from becoming too monotonous.
Bright and lively colors, such as yellow, teal, and red, work great for that purpose.
Use this color scheme to incorporate an interesting décor item to reflect your personal taste and preference.
For instance, if your interest lies in music, why not include a framed record or two?
If you’re fond of recording and displaying memories, maybe a memory board to hang personal memorabilia is the best choice for you?
Or, if you’re a travel aficionado, a globe to mark your ventures on, perhaps?
Including a personal element adds a touch of character to the space like nothing else.
It will also personalize the space, and make it more welcoming for you.
How to Copy This Design:
To copy this design, select your furniture so that it goes well with the green you’ve chosen for your walls.
A bright, clear finish will complement the depth of the green well.
You can take a swatch of the paint sample along with you when you go hunting for furniture.
When using black and gold décor, include a touch of white to break up the continuity of the two.
In the sample image, you can see some complementary artwork on a white base, which balances out the presence of the black pieces.
Don’t be afraid to introduce small swatches of other colors, to work along with the overarching scheme.
Think of the color scheme as more of a suggestion than a rule, and feel free to improvise where you must.
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9: Use a Green Canvas to Create a Monochrome Photo Wall
A plain green wall is the perfect canvas on which to create a photo wall, where you can display your personalized selection of pictures and prints.
A monochrome palette of black and white will stand out against the emerald green walls, and truly shine as a focal element in your room.
A photo wall adds character to a space by imbuing it with a touch of your personality, whether you choose to frame pictures of yourself and your loved ones at various moments in your life or places or objects that are significant to you.
You could even choose to include artworks that inspire and motivate you.
This is the perfect opportunity to create a space that truly reflects you.
In my opinion, a black and white palette adds a touch of gravitas and class to a space.
You can build on the palette of your display wall by keeping your furniture and décor in a grayscale palette of black, white, and gray.
Accent it with green in the fabrics and upholstery, to create a sense of continuity across surfaces.
How to Copy This Design:
When selecting the surface that will act as your focal display, make sure it catches the light well.
In the absence of sufficient natural light, try to choose a surface you can illuminate with well-placed lighting fixtures.
You can frame the photo wall by incorporating a thin wall molding to border your green wall.
Keep the look understated by maintaining one color for the whole surface.
When choosing frames and prints, try to create some breathing room by spacing out the frames, and including wide borders.
This will avoid a cluttered and messy appearance.
Add indoor plants against your white or gray wall to carry the continuity of an emerald green theme throughout the space.
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10: Paint One Surface Green to Create a Focal Wall
The simplest and least intrusive way to incorporate color into your space is by applying it to one surface only.
This surface then acts as your focal wall.
It will be the primary recipient of visual attention in your space, and your interior décor will largely rotate around this wall.
Emerald green is an ideal choice for your bedroom wall, as this color is said to promote feelings of calmness and tranquility.
It eases the strain on your eyes, when compared to plain white walls, and creates an atmosphere for relaxation.
All of these characteristics are well suited for use in a bedroom.
A focal wall can be used as a point to orient your room around.
You can give it a defined function, such as a media wall or a display wall, etc.
In this example, a study table has been placed against the green wall, thereby distinguishing that particular space from the rest of the room.
Instead of leaving a focal wall to stand in isolation, I like to mirror it in different places across the room.
This can be done by reflecting the color and its tones in other elements.
In the example above, you can see the color of the wall reflected in the furniture upholstery and the carpet.
How to Copy This Design:
Choose your paint color and your upholstery fabric at the same time, to make sure you don’t end up with the wrong shades.
Instead of sticking to exactly the same color, you can also opt for lighter and darker tints.
Keep your furniture in light and bright tones, such as white chalk paint, and pinewood finishes.
This will merge well with the white walls, while standing out against the green, thus contributing to the visual attention on your focal wall.
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Conclusion: Mix It Up!
At the end of the day, all that matters is what kind of results you want to achieve with your space.
You can employ any combination of these techniques to create the ideal interior for your personal needs.
There are no limits to the kinds of spaces you can create using just a single color as your defining strategy.
Use this article as a starting point, to inspire you with the myriad ways you can incorporate emerald green into your bedroom interior.
Adding a bold color to your space can seem like an intimidating step at first, but once you take the plunge, you’ll never want to go back to boring white walls ever again.
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Image Attribution & Licensing
Main image: ‘Master bedroom with green double bed’ by archideaphoto (Licensed via Envato Elements).
Image #1: Untitled by Francesca Tosolini (Licensed via Unsplash)
Image #2: ‘The Flats Luxury Suites’ by Adam Winger (Licensed via Unsplash)
Image #3: ‘3D mockup photo frame with houseplant rendering’ by Johnstocker (Licensed via Envato Elements)
Image #4: ‘Simple interior with armchair’ by bialasiewicz (Licensed via Envato Elements)
Image #5: Mockup
Image #6: Untitled by Thanos Pal (Licensed via Unsplash)
Image #7: ‘Modern minimalist interior with an armchair on empty green and white wall background’ by vanitjan (Licensed via Envato Elements)
Image #8: ‘Green bag under retro dresser’ by bialasiewicz (Licensed via Envato Elements)
Image #9: ‘Gallery of black and white posters and photos on emerald green wall in trendy bedroom’ by bialasiewicz (Licensed via Envato Elements)
Image #10: ‘Green kid’s room interior’ by bialasiewicz (Licensed via Envato Elements)
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