Ten green living rooms that prove the colour’s versatility

Budge Over Dover house in Sydney designed by YSG

A fashion editor's apartment in São Paulo and a home covered in panels of mint-green metal mesh feature in our latest lookbook, which rounds up ten lounge interiors where green is used both as a background colour and a striking design statement.

Whether sage, emerald or khaki, green goes with both cool and warm colours, which allows it to be used much like a traditional neutral.

As such, it can be used to inject colour into an otherwise monochrome interior without being overbearing, or contrasted against rich reds, pinks and purples to delineate different areas in an open-plan living space.

This is the latest in our lookbook series, which provides visual inspiration from Dezeen's archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing living rooms with floor-to-ceiling glazing, wood-clad kitchens and space-saving kids' rooms with bunk beds.

St Lawrence by Odami
Photo is by Kurtis Chen

St Lawrence, Canada, by Odami

Sweeping views over the oxidised copper roof of Toronto's Cathedral of St James informed this all-green sunroom designed by local studio Odami.

The room forms part of a renovated 1980s apartment in a former parking garage, where dated popcorn ceilings and beige carpets were replaced with a rich mix of materials including a quartzite fireplace and walnut hardwood flooring.

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Living room inside Esperinos guesthouse in Athens
Photo is by Margarita Nikitaki

Esperinos, Greece, by Stamos Michael

Pale green walls act as the backdrop to an eclectic assortment of furnishings in this Athens guesthouse by designer Stamos Michael, where modern classics such as Konstantin Grcic's Traffic lounge chair are mixed with a number of pieces by Greek designers including Michael himself.

Among them is a hand-painted pine and plywood storage cabinet, a lamp hidden in rust-brown columns of powder-coated steel and a stool made from two blocks of stone that Michael found in a quarry on the island of Tinos.

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Sleepy Hollow House by Lexi Tallisman
Photo is by Joshua McHugh

Sleepy Hollow Residence, USA, by Lexi Tallisman

Set in the town of Sleepy Hollow in the Hudson River Valley, this family home features not just a traditional living room but also a cosy den finished in glossy army-green paint.

Designer Lexi Tallisman dressed the room in an equally decadent palette of colours and textures, ranging from a deep blue velvet sofa by fellow New York designer Steven Gambrel to a vintage chair reupholstered in creamy white leather and a brass-and-oak shelving unit by Philadelphia furniture company Amuneal.

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Living room in Passeig de Grácia apartment by Jeanne Schultz
Photo is by Adrià Goula

Passeig de Grácia apartment, Spain, by Jeanne Schultz Design Studio

Designer Jeanne Schultz adapted a sensitive colour strategy when renovating this home on Barcelona's historic Passeig de Grácia in order to enhance, rather than overwhelm, existing period features such as the Catalan vault ceiling and wooden parquet flooring.

In the lounge, she drew attention to the chequered green tiles that frame the pink stone fireplace by painting the doors, window frames and ceiling mouldings in a matching hue.

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Trikoupi apartment by Point Supreme
Photo is by Yannis Drakoulidis

Trikoupi Apartment, Greece, by Point Supreme Architects

When renovating this apartment in one of Greece's polykatoikia residential blocks from the 1980s, architecture studio Point Supreme Architects tore down many of the internal walls and instead used colourful built-in furniture pieces to demarcate different zones.

The open-plan living and dining area is traversed by a storage wall made from green-stained plywood, while the kitchen is fitted with light pink cabinetry and bright blue wardrobes line the hallway next to the two bedrooms.

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Budge Over Dover house in Sydney designed by YSG
Photo is by Prue Ruscoe

Budge Over Dover, Australia, by YSG

Interior design studio YSG created living spaces across two different levels inside this renovated home in Sydney. The first sits perched on a vast platform made from terracotta tiles to align it with the garden patio.

This creates a second "sunken" lounge area at the rear, in which a sage-green wall and matching velvet rug are contrasted against a maroon-coloured Utrecht armchair, designed by the late Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld for Cassina in 1935.

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GreenHouse by OTTOTTO
Photo is by Alexander Bogorodskiy

GreenHouse, Portugal, by Ottotto

Portuguese architecture practice Ottotto used panels of mint-green metal mesh to obscure the original stone walls of this house in Porto while preserving a "memory" of the former building.

A darker shade of green was also used to finish the home's new steel structure, which holds up three separate volumes interspersed by strategic lightwells to funnel sun into the living spaces on the ground floor.

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Karine Vilas Boas Apartment, Brazil, by Studio Julliana Camargo
Photo is by Maira Acayaba

Karine Vilas Boas Apartment, Brazil, by Studio Julliana Camargo

More restrained pops of olive and emerald feature in the living room of fashion editor Karine Vilas Boas in São Paulo, courtesy of Jeane Prouvé's Fauteuil de Salon armchairs for Vitra and a geometric rug by local brand Punto e Filo.

To tie the apartment's interior together, Brazilian designer Julliana Camargo also incorporated other shades of green into the kitchen, from jade drawer faces and wall tiles to minty cabinets.

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High Desert Residence by Hacker Architects
Photo is by Jeremy Bittermann

High Desert Residence, USA, by Hacker Architects

Vertical cedar boards panel both the interior and exterior walls of this Oregon holiday home, separated by vast double-height windows to create the impression that the two exist as one continuous surface.

In the living room, local studio Hacker Architects stained the wood in a subtle smokey green hue that references the colour of native plants found in the volcanic landscape outside.

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Highgate House, UK, by House of Grey
Photo is by Michael Sinclair

Highgate House, UK, by House of Grey

Sage-green plaster helps to give subtle texture to the lounge of this three-storey townhouse in London's Highgate, designed by local studio House of Grey.

This offsets the otherwise monochrome furnishings, including a chubby boucle sofa, Serge Mouille's AP1B2R wall light and a framed white-on-white painting.

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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen's image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing living rooms with floor-to-ceiling glazing, wood-clad kitchens and space-saving kids' rooms with bunk beds.

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