When Elise Blaha Cripe set out to spruce up her Tudor-style home in Northern California, she didn’t anticipate she would end up with a green living room. In fact, the room that ended up being her living room wasn’t even a living room to begin with. “After we had been in the house for a few months, I realized that the room where we had our TV would function so much better as a combined living and dining room,” the designer explains. “It has become the most cozy space.”
To lay the foundation for the “collected and layered” look she was craving, Elise used a mix of wallpaper and our Daily Greens paint color. “[It’s] just a beautiful backdrop to everything in the space,” she says of the verdant shade. With some stealthily sourced items sprinkled in, Elise’s green living room is a storied space that makes you want to kick back, relax and stay awhile. Here, Elise breaks down how she perfected her lived-in luxe living room—and how you can get the look in your own home.
BeforeAfterGo Bold with Trim and Beadboards
Wallpaper may take up the largest surface area on the walls, but Elise wanted to pack even more of a punch by freshening up the room’s millwork. “The beadboard and window nook were already painted white by the previous owners, but the doorway trim and shelving were an orange pine,” she explains. “I knew it would look best if everything was one color.”
After sampling a few of our peel-and-stick swatches, Elise selected Daily Greens, a mossy, olive-tinged hue that adds dramatic contrast next to the neutral wallpaper. Her tip for making the paint color pop even more? “I would recommend using a semi-gloss trim paint—which Clare of course offers.”
Bring in a Pop of Pattern with Wallpaper
Though her style veers more eclectic and collected, Elise knew she wanted to keep one thing consistent in her green living room’s design scheme: adding wallpaper. “This was the fifth room I installed wallpaper in,” she explains. “We currently have six wallpaper patterns in our house.” As a big fan of florals, Elise landed on a subtle yet whimsical peony repeat, a charming pattern that doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the room.
Give Your Space Room to Breathe
Between the patterned wallpaper and green millwork, Elise wanted to make sure she didn’t go overboard and create a space that felt too overwhelming. For a moment of calm, she created a visual exhale by painting the living room’s ceiling white. More specifically, in our wonderfully warm, best-selling Whipped—which has become a go-to neutral in her home. “The ceilings in our house that are not painted a color are all Whipped,” she says.
Add Character with Collected Finds
Since cozy was the name of the game in her green living room, it was important to accessorize with furniture and decor that didn’t feel too proper. Elise’s secret? An eclectic array of add-ons, scouted out and sourced from a variety of places. “I love going to estate sales, thrift and antique shops and browsing Facebook Marketplace to find things,” she shares. With a gilded table lamp, slim art frames and a wooden console, the living room feels warm and welcoming—just as Elise intended.