Green is the most diverse shade found in nature, from yellowy sage to dark forest green. How and where do you use this vibrant colour to best effect in your home? These interior design tips will help you to bring a touch of spring green into your home with style and flair.
For many of us, we are currently spending most of our time inside our homes. Looking at your interiors may be the perfect activity to keep you busy, get you feeling creative and offer a pleasant distraction from all the impending public health announcements. We are on the lookout for new ways we can update our homes, and we are delighted to see that green is coming back into fashion.
Without a doubt, green is the colour of revitalised senses and harmonious wellbeing. A refreshing, peaceful colour evokes the feeling of abundance and renewal. Many cultures see it as the colour of luck and prosperity, of good health and the environment. It also gives us a secure connection to the outside world, especially at this time of year. Spring is the season of new beginnings, and you only need to look outside to see how many different tones of green there are, and how they all work so well together.
Like many colours, green can be somewhat daunting to work with when it comes to interiors. According to our expert designers, the results speak for themselves. ‘Period sage greens and emeralds are the two colours I see everywhere at the moment’ says designer Katie Greenwood. ‘Brought into your interiors, these shades will make a real impact.’ Discover how to use the different shades of green in your interiors to the best effect with our top tips.
Staying safe with pops of green
If you are not too sure about fully embracing the green trend, you can add touches of green as your accessory colour. You can easily change them at any time if you decide the look is not right for you. White will always make green look crisp and zesty. ‘I adore all the green Christopher Farr fabrics right now’ says Aleksa Glancy, one of our expert designers. ‘Add a new set of curtains, chairs or custom-made cushion covers for an easy splash of vibrant green.’
Muted olives, pastel greens and pistachio shades
These colours reign supreme when it comes to creating country farmhouse looks, and they work really well with white, faded pale blues and pale woods. They are a particularly popular choice for kitchens and living rooms. They leave a soft, soothing feel in a space. Very light greens work exceptionally well with creams, whites and vanilla shades, or salmon pinks, pale lavender or even splashes of scarlet when used sparingly.
If you are decorating a room that has a lot of exposure to the sun, then try to select bluey-based shades such as Farrow & Ball’s Lichen. Inspired by the natural colour of algae often found on tree branches and stone, it has a gentle, subtle aesthetic due to its blue-toned base.
Bright and bold greens
Lime greens and vibrant grassy shades give a room a bold look. These shades work best as a background colour and suit simple schemes. They create a contemporary look when teamed with dark, cool-based colours on the spectrum, such as charcoal grey, white or black. If you have a lot of green, it’s best to choose accessories in similar cool tones as an accent colour, to help tone down the bolder green colour. This makes it easier to change up the look and feel of your room by swapping around the accents.
Bottle greens, forest greens and racing greens are highly prevalent in the world of interiors. They are smart, grown-up and sophisticated. Shades that are more contemporary have a high blue content, like teal. These shades make beautiful backdrops for rooms that have many navy blue or black accessories, resulting in a theatrical effect. These shades work well in places that get plenty of natural daylight; otherwise, they might seem a little gloomy and uninviting. Team with darker woods like Oak and Beach for a highly effective combination. If the look feels too dark and dense, soften with some white or light apple green furnishings and accessories such as lampshades and cushions.
All the shades
If you want to use different greens together, then you will not be disappointed! Do not worry about them clashing or not matching. Mother Nature never worries about matching greens outside, and nothing is more beautiful than the colour palettes you find in the garden. These looks go very well with woods that have a high content of red in them, such as cherry, teak and walnut.
Green is one of the most versatile and vibrant shades to use in your home. Do not fear such a bold colour and do not overthink it; remember, colour is a temporary element in your interiors. You can always make changes if you decide to add a new feature wall or repaint everything again to reflect your tastes.