Master Suite in Shades of Green

Pick your favorite color, and spread it around.

Amy Bickers Mercer
Shades of Green
The four-poster bed features spiral-turned twists, also called barley twists, a design commonly found in 17th-century manor houses.
Laurey W. Glenn / Styling Leigh Anne Montgomery

Ceiling Style
The bedroom's striped draperies inspired the treatment on the bath's ceiling. For a similar look, choose three coordinating colors in shades ranging from light to medium to dark. Hint: For one-step coordination, pick up a paint strip and choose one hue from the middle and one from either end. There are also plenty of wallpapers on the market that can give your ceiling this look without quite as much labor.

If you plan to paint the stripes rather than hiring a pro, allow ample time to complete the job because it will put a strain on your neck and back.

Pages 56-58: Interior design by Kimberly Harper Interiors, Fayetteville, Arkansas, [479] 442-4999; bedroom wall paint is Ryegrass (6423) and bath wall paint is Ivoire (6127), both by Sherwin-Williams, (R); bath cabinet knobs from Anthropologie, (R).

"Shades of Green" is from the February 2008 issue of Southern Living.