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Design Spaces: Add some fresh greens for spring

Spring arrived a few days ago and that makes me think that green things are just around the corner.

An example of some common greens to put into your home to welcome spring. Photo by Bryce Martin | Pioneer
An example of some common greens to put into your home to welcome spring. Photo by Bryce Martin | Pioneer

By Linda Brooks | For the Pioneer

Spring arrived a few days ago and that makes me think that green things are just around the corner. Green is the color of spring, new life, and growth that goes on and on. Depending on the shade you choose “green” can be a very soothing, calming color. I’ve talked with people who have used all shades of greens in their homes and have never tired of them.

Shades of green range from soft olives and sage, to vibrant Kelly and color saturated olives, to deep Tartan greens and blue greens. Each has its own feel and each can deliver a wealth of ambiance to the spaces where they are used.

Aside from painting a room green how can a person use green in other ways to invite spring into their homes? There are numerous ways that “fresh greens” can be added to any décor.

Green can be the basic wall color with lighter sheers or blinds, light wood floors and light furniture. Your large furniture pieces can carry the green and the other things in the room can complement them with softer colors. Carpet or room size rugs can carry the green theme while letting furnishings and accessories accent with other colors. The room could be completely white with only green plants adding the color in the room.

Accessories are a great way to add “green” to a room. They could include – candlesticks, glassware, silk plants, vases, sculptures, grasses, moss covered balls, candles, throws and pillows. If you add live plants remember that they help clean the air – taking in our carbon dioxide and giving oxygen back to us. You can frame 3 or 5 different cards that have green plants on them or frame seed packets for a country look – a very inexpensive way to add some new art.

Green silk plants come in so many varieties – you can purchase them at various craft and hobby retail stores. You can find succulents, tall grass bundles, ivies, grapevine and moss balls, ferns, short grasses, and a great variety of green garlands.

I have used different size Styrofoam balls to make some green leaf balls – gluing flat green leaves onto them. I added ribbons so I could hang the balls in various areas of my home. These balls can also be used to make topiary trees. Topiaries are decorative pieces that feature two or three balls in graduated sizes that are mounted on a stick – the stick is then weighted in the bottom of a flower pot. The idea comes from the clipping and shaping of plants, shrubs and trees into formal or fanciful shapes. Topiaries have been featured in formal gardens since the 16th century to the present.

If you like to photograph plants you can enlarge some of your photos and frame them for some new “greens” in your space or you can go online to pull up sites that feature graphics, posters, and all kinds of art. Calendars are a great place to get large prints for framing for minimal cost. Green stained glass pieces can also help welcome spring.

A couple of local artists may be able to help you out with some “fresh greens” for your spaces. Chris Fulton, a photographer and artist, (523-5568) has a wide variety of pieces for sale. Amanda Njos of Cowchip Creations, (574-3195), features rustic furniture and art pieces for the home. I have worked with both artists and would highly recommend them.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how to add some “spring greens” to your spaces.

Linda Brooks, owner of Design Consulting, has an Interior Design Degree from NDSU. She lives in Bowman. She can be contacted at lbrooks@ndsupernet.com.