Last week on Instagram, I posted this tiny update where I added red trim to a green lamp, and someone commented saying they always liked the combo of red and green but worried about it looking too Christmasy throughout the rest of the year. It’s actually one of my favorite color combinations to use because it just feels bright and happy to me. (Okay, kind of like Christmas is supposed to feel. . . )
I think the key to using it together in your home is to vary the shades (a bright tomato red paired with an olive green, for instance). The combination can be as bold as red walls with green pillows or as subtle as a green painted console paired with art in shades of red. Here are some tried and true examples of why green and red is a classic (year round) pair:
Gavin Houghton featured in House & Garden. Photo: Simon Brown.
Clella Design featured in Southern Living. Photo: Alison Gootee.
Carolina Irving via Milieu
Sophie Edwards featured in House & Garden. Photo: Paul Massey.
Ben Petreath via House & Garden. Photo: Paul Massey