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Decorating Advice for Seafoam Green Carpet

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I'm moving into an apartment where I cannot change the carpeting. It is in good shape, but the color is a seafoam green. The bedroom is a blank slate, but I do not know what color to use with the green on the carpet. It is very hard to match with all of the olives and sages that are so popular now. I am just at a loss of what to do with this unpopular color.

Kara from Illinois

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By Kitty (Guest Post)04/01/2008

I have an expensive muted peach leather sofa. What color palette goes with this? I tend to like warm, brown, taupe, beige. Also, I tend towards natural tones. What color can I paint the walls, accent pillows and chairs?

By erin (Guest Post)11/16/2007

I have seafoam green furniture that used to be in the NASA mission control building here in Florida. I absolutely love it and for those of you who said that seafoam is out. well if you're hip stylish and know what's up. It's actually quite in (check Dwell or other architectual/decor mags)


My house is seafoam green too (yes. the whole outside) I love that too. Being in the design world I've always thought it best to keep warm colors with warm and cool with cool.. since seafoam falls into the latter (both literally and figuratively ;) I'd say keep it with grays, and other cool shades and you'll be just fine ;) if you DO use warm colors only as an accent please.

By Shirley Darby [7]08/27/2007

Our bedroom also has seafoam green carpet, and I used white curtains with chiffon ribbon trim (I sewed the ribbon on) and a quilt with a white background, and various greens and pinks with a little yellow in the calico patches making up the pieced pattern. It looks very fresh and cool. You may not be able to paint or paper, but we used wallpaper that looks "paint ragged" in light and med. fresh greens, with border that features a peaceful shady forest scene. The trim is painted celadon, an almost white gray-green in a pearl finish that looks clean and cool. The walls have botanical prints hanging on them, so the accent colors can be anything pulled from nature.
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By Kelly W. from Kalamazoo (Guest Post)07/25/2007

I had a living room in my previous house that I just loved. The carpet was a beige that had seafoam green and burgundy speckles in the pattern, and the seafoam showed up really well. The coolest thing was that the walls were painted a beautiful pearly medium seafoam green all over, the windowsills and doorframe and other woodwork was really cleverly painted with a pearly darker complimentary green and a lighter one, probably made from the same color by adding either black or white paint to it. The stairway railing was left bare so it could be seen. My sofa happened to fit right in being that it is beige with burgundy, blue, green swirls, and oak accents. The previous homeowners had an off-white leather sofa and had darker green sheer drapes that shimmered with a hint of gold and picked up their dark accent color, hanging on brushed silver and gold rods. They had a throw rug so there wasn't so much green and things on the walls in off-white with antiqued cracked finish with a hint of gold accenting, and cherubs.

I decorated our bathroom with seafoam green rug set, a shower curtain that had a nice shade of periwinkle blue a little golden yellow and little bit of a lighter shade, royal and turquoise blues, and seafoam green in an underwater ocean and rope/anchor motif. It sounds pukey, but it looked very nice. It had oak cabinetry and eggshell or beige walls and neutral beige tile. I had all kinds of seafoam colored accessories and I often mixed in light aqua accessories. I also included white shell items or other small realistic multicolor sculptures or candleholders (not tacky) that were made to look like a small scene.

Having a theme is fun and it looks like it was on purpose. Or outdo it with a brightly colored woven block rug. Or tone it down with aqua and beige and make it serene. Go with white and make it a clean scene. Add a little color to the white with the tiniest splashes of red, salmon, coral, pink, lavender, lemon yellow, poppy, peach, periwinkle blue, or silver. Make it feel like you are on the ocean and paint clouds on the ceiling with a periwinkle sky or whatever. Just make sure that whatever you do that you can stand the color(s) you chose and it evokes the right mood when you stand in there with your choice after it's all done.

A good idea is to assess what you have that you may actually be able to use in this room. Which color would go with the most that you already own? Gather paint chip samples from the store and tape them to the wall and keep them up for at least 24 hours to see the difference the sunlight moving across and artificial lighting has on them. Hold a handheld mirror and wear black. Hold them up to your neck without wearing makeup and whichever one makes you FEEL the best will most likely look the best ON you too, so why not always look good while you are in there? Besides, you want your color choice to help put you in an instant good mood every time you walk in there don't you? I hope I've helped!

If you absolutely hate the carpet color, there are a lot of fabulous accent rugs out there...

Let me know how it goes!

Kelly W. from Kalamazoo
beautydirect2u AT hotmail.com

By Emily (Guest Post)07/15/2007

I think seafoam green is one of the least attractive colors ever, so I'd want to stay away from other bright/ complementary colors and try to relax my eye with neutrals. How about a neutral chocolate color? I bet a deep or dusty brown for a bed comforter would complement it nicely without too much color strain on your eyes. If you have maple or neutral dark brown furniture it probably wouldn't clash too much. Could extend to espresso tones, and the right accessories or patterns could give you a cute retro/vintage feel.

By Marilyn (Guest Post)02/11/2006

I have seaform green carpet and beige laquer bedroom furniture, but white walls that I hate, what color can I paint the walls

By Jenna (Guest Post)01/28/2006

Most of my ocean/seashell type stuff s seafoam green & peach! Those colors work very well together...and all neautrals as well!

By ELENA (Guest Post)07/26/2005

I just moved into an apartment with seafoam green carpet, I have dark tan leather sofas so I will be using light beige and seafoam green pillows with dark tan stripes to accent then use everything else in neutral tones beige etc ....tan floor lamp etc and maybe a seafoam green candle and use modern art picture with the 3 colors combined.(

By Karen. (Guest Post)07/04/2005

My living room has seafoam green carpet and I love it. I have uses burgandy curtains, and have a sofa with all shades of green and burgandy with a white background. You might think about adding throw pillows and other assories.

By Susan Ide07/02/2005

We have seafoam green carpeting in our living room and our couch has shades of seafom and mauve. I like peach with the seafoam green also as the other person posted.

By Tricia. (Guest Post)07/01/2005

Our bedroom had seafoam green carpet when we moved in. I wallpapered the walls with a cream, peach and green print. The bedspread is ivory with peach throw pillows and the valance is green. We eventually changed the carpet color to a neutral ivory [we are planning on selling soon] but I did like the peach and seafoam green combination.

Good luck and have fun!

By Marn (Guest Post)07/01/2005

Use a soft hue of yellow (more on the gold side). I just decorated a condo with seafoam green walls. I bought a comforter set that was goldish yellow, found tab top draperies the same hue and used some seafoam green throw pillows on the bed. Just stay away from the bright lemon yellows which can be exhausting because bright colors reflect more light and stimulate the eyes too much.

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