Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bedrooms ~ Green, Serene

 With St. Patricks Day less than two weeks away I've been into Irish everything...food, drink, history, poetry, and of course the color green.

March madness has made me mad for green. 
 Source: Squiddo - Keeping a Nature Diary

 Symbolic of nature, green is known to be the easiest color on the eye.  It is said that the color green can actually improve vision.  I don't know if that's true but it's a nice thought nonetheless.  The psychology of green is that it is a calming, stress relieving, refreshing and healing color.

 People waiting to appear on TV sit in "green rooms" to relax. Hospitals often use green because it relaxes patients and is believed to promote healing.

Green also symbolizes fertility and was the preferred choice of color for wedding gowns worn by 15th century brides. Today still, the color green has a sexual connotation.  How many times have you heard that if you like green M & M's you're horny!?!

  Currently green is one of the most popular colors to decorate with and what better place to use this peaceful, and sexy, color than in the bedroom?

Here are a few of my favorite green bedrooms.

Although I like an occasional painted piece, I still prefer the look of dark wood furnishings, like the antique, hand carved bed above.   I like the view from my bed to be just as pretty as the bed itself, and in this case it is.  I do find this soothing, calming and refreshing.  The wreaths are a pretty touch too!
Photo: Tria Giovan; Designer: Phillip Sides

Here is another green room I find irresistible....more dark wood, more toile de jouy.  I would feel right at home here. 
 Did I mention that all these bedrooms feature toile de jouy?  No?  
All of these bedrooms feature toile.

Source: http://mamaisondelin.blogspot.com 

I thought this room was pretty with the pink, Spring-ey accents but if it were mine I'd choose a different accent color like purple for a lively mix, or blue to echo nature, or perhaps brown for a hint of an organic, earthy feel.    A coral/salmon shade would be pretty as well, offering a fresh and fruity mix. 
Of course, I'm still liking these dark woods though!

Carleton Varney 

And if any of these were my rooms...I'd have to put up some, you know, some plates.  Transferware plates that is.  Maybe something like this which you'll be seeing more of in the next week or so:
The toile in this bedroom paired with plaid and crisp white linens embroidered with green accents I find to be utterly serene.

Photo: Stewart, Tabori and Change
Did any of you all notice that the four rooms above are papered in the same toile?  I must like that a lot!

Toile overload here.  I like it.  I'd probably put a mirror over the dresser and add a few pictures to break up the monotony potential.

This perfectly charming bedroom is in the home of one of my favorite bloggers,  Carolyn Aikens.  Carolyn, if I ever come visit, can I please stay in this room? She loves transferware also and collects a variety of colors.  I spy a green transferware vase from the Aesthetic Movement over there on the wicker nightstand.

I love the mix of floral patterns with subtle touches of pink along with the toile in this room.

And we can't forget about baby.  No, not my baby.  Been there, done that a time or six.
But, maybe for Grandbaby.  Someday.


Stanzas To Erin

Still green are thy mountains and bright is thy shore,
And the voice of thy fountains is heard as of yore:
The sun o'er thy valleys, dear Erin, shines on,
Though thy bard and thy lover forever is gone.

Nor shall he, an exile, thy glad scenes forget -
The friends fondly loved, ne'er again to be met -
The glens where he mused on the deeds of his nation,
And waked his young harp with wild inspiration.

Still, still, though between us may roll the broad ocean,
Will I cherish thy name with the same deep devotion;
And though minstrels more brilliant my place may supply,
None loves you more fondly, more truly than I.

~J. J. Callanan~

taken from the book The Poetry and Song of Ireland, for those of you who come here and share my love of poetry and history.

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  1. I adore all of you green toile de jouy bedroom inspiration pictures. Any of them would certainly make me relax.

  2. What a beautiful post .... great ..... I love it.
    Beautiful colors ... and beautifully decorated .... what more could you want.
    I look forward to a new post.
    With warm regards,

  3. I love green because it goes so well with pink! Have been to Ireland and it is as lush and green and pretty as you might imagine. Their history is also fascinating. Laura

  4. Nancy: Another beautiful post. The green is really calming and the toile wallpaper is just the right touch. Oh, the dreams one could have in those rooms. Judy

  5. I find I'm drawn to green more and morem Nancy. I've been searching for a long time for a chintz materials that's mostly shades of green (rather than the usual pink/pastel chintz you see around) because I think it looks so summery. The green transferware is so pretty! Will you be having a green transferware tablescape for March 17th?

    1. I am finding the same thing about green. I'd love to do a room this color.

      Yes, I'm doing a green tablescape using the plate I showed in this post. Stay tuned!

  6. Oh Nancy...I love all the bedrooms you have chosen! Gorgeous and I love the toile too! So fresh and clean looking and yet cozy...especially those rooms with window seats!!
    Pretty post!
    Miss Bloomers

  7. I love green and those bedrooms are gorgeous! Wonderful post.

  8. Beautiful bedrooms, Nancy! I love that first one! I think that's why I like the Duck Egg and that green blue shade in our master. I love toile, too! I found a blue/green and white toile in my stash ~ just enough to maybe make small table coverings for our side tables. I couldn't believe how well it goes with the dresser I painted and the drapes from PB. So I have to do something with it now!

  9. Very pretty bedrooms all and I adore that green transfer ware plate!

  10. Gotta say I love green...the color of my bedroom, too! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  11. Green is a refreshing color to the eyes! It's a lovely color! Have a beautiful day, Kellie xx

  12. Beautiful post, Nancy. Love the green toile and looking forward to seeing more of the green transfer ware.
    Enjoy the week.......Sarah

  13. I am with you, Nancy! I love transferware, toile and gingham! Would love to stay in ANY of the rooms you have chosen!

  14. I love ALL of these gorgeous bedrooms. They are so warm and inviting and look so fresh and pretty.

  15. Very inspiring rooms. Great information on the color green. Puts me in a "lucky" mood now!

  16. Hi Nancy,
    Oh my, those rooms are simply gorgeous! I adore toile too and I use it in my home whenever I can. Red in the dining room, the den, and green in the main bath. I also collect transferware, mainly red. I am working on the Master bedroom now, looking for red or green. Can you ever have too much? I think not!
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.


  17. Lovely bedrooms, though I prefer plain things. I love the window seats and the pink and green one.

  18. These are beautiful Nancy! Being a transfweware lover, I tend to lean toward toile in patterns too. Great green bedrooms! That little crib is so cute. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  19. Nancy that little baby bed is adorable! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!


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