Classic Color Combo: Green and Brown

“Green and brown” may not sound like the most attractive combination, bringing to mind crayoned drawings of trees or the muddied grass outside. So try these instead: chocolate and apple, toffee and lime, emerald and bark, chestnut and celery, moss and citron, camel and mint.

Better? Now we can proceed.

Green and brown is a classic combination due to its natural earthiness and neutrality. It’s simultaneously fresh and calming, can be rich, bold, or light, and helps you channel the great outdoors. Of course, it can go wrong (what combination can’t?) – use caution and balance muted shades with more vibrant hues or brighten with a clean white to prevent drabness.


With the right blend of tones, green and brown breathe crisp air into any room.

Try it for a zen-like bathroom:

Bathroom by John Lum Architecture, Inc.AIA
MTI Boutique Collection Addison 1 Freestanding Air Tub
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Bathroom by Wyant Architecture
Bathroom by Minosa Design
Powder Room by GEORGE Interior Design

Create a soothing bedroom and feel like you’re sleeping in the wilderness (without all the unpleasantness like mud and rain and mosquito bites):

Bedroom by
Bedroom by Modern Organic Interiors
Bedroom by Art&deco
Bedroom by id 810 design group
Bedroom by Artistic Environments, Inc.

Warm and welcoming living areas:

Living Room by OSMO USA
Family Room by Kimball Starr Interior Design

Living Room by Schumacher Homes

Living Room by Ann Lowengart Interiors
Inviting kitchen & dining areas:
Kitchen by NOA Architecture Planning Interiors

Kitchen by Quality Custom Cabinetry, Inc

Kitchen by Glen Alspaugh Kitchens and Baths
Dining Room by Mendelson Group
And, of course, the exterior; it flows perfectly with landscape. You can go a little darker outside than in, with a lower risk of suffocating dullness
Patio by HartmanBaldwin Design/Build

Exterior by Lands End Development – Designers & Builders

Porch by Greymark Construction Company

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