So just what is it about green that’ so great?

We don’t know about you, but we seem to be seeing a lot of green on the interior design scene (no rhyme intended) of late.

We don’t know about you, but aside from all the hype around Pantone’s colour of the year and Dulux’s Cherished Gold paint phase, we seem to be seeing a lot of green on the interior design scene (no rhyme intended) of late.

For example the recent BBC 2 series The Great Interior Design Challenge featured numerous amateur designers choosing shades of green to add drama and style to their room schemes and with great success. 
Our Pinterest has also been flooded with the colour as well, especially pins featuring deep, dramatic shades of forest and emerald greens to create atmosphere and mood.
 

So just what is it about green that’ so great?


Well for one thing green is an incredibly diverse colour, perfect for decorating rooms with multiple functions. Better still green is a classic colour, making it a good choice for spaces you don’t intend to decorate too often like kitchens and bathrooms.

Green is what we call a secondary colour, meaning it is formed by mixing two primary colours together, in this case, blue and yellow. Thanks to this mixing of colour, green comes in a huge variety of shades and tones from light, bright yellow greens, to dark and moody blue greens.

From a colour psychology perspective that means green is on the one hand the colour of balance and harmony, mixing the optimism and positivity of yellow with the cool, calm and collected nature of blue but on the other hand, green has a darker side which is bold, controlled and envious.
 

Great Accent Colours for Green Rooms


If you want to use green in your home, then you can really go to town with bright and bold colour combinations. Pale greens work well with shades of white and blue, while dark emerald greens are perfect with purple and gold for rich, indulgent and dramatic spaces. 


A bright and bold bedroom by Beal Homes.

Choose brown earthy tones with your green to create calm and sophisticated spaces and for some real fun, pair it with pinks or oranges for livelier room schemes reminiscent of flowers, tropical forests and wildlife.

If in doubt, a good rule of thumb when picking accent colours for your chosen shade of green, is to look at nature. It’s often said that there are no bad colour combination in nature so if you stick to the colour combinations you see out in the world, you can’t go far wrong. Think sky blue and grass green, or bark brown and leaf green and of course you can always take inspiration from your favourite flowers. 



A contemporary kitchen design by Avant Homes
 

How Add a Little Green


Depending on your style you can either introduce just a little or a lot of green into your home, and still benefit from that new injection of style. If you are feeling brave, start with the floor and introduce a big burst of green using rugs, mats or even paint if you’re lucky enough to have exposed floor boards. 



This Devore Cow Hide rug is a stunning modern take on a classic, and the silver and green colour scheme is perfect for adding a splash of green. At £969 this is a bit of an investment but well worth it.

For something more subtle you can easily introduce green with soft furnishing and accessories. Green glass is beautiful and there is no end of green fabrics available from beautiful country cottage floral prints to striking jungle leaf designs.

And of course you can always go natural and bring in foliage and house plants add softer touches of green too. Again you can go big, or you can keep it small with cacti and succulents like Aloe Vera.



Fake it with an artificial Aloe Vera plant from John Lewis at just £8. It gives you the beauty of green foliage in your home without the responsibility of keeping it watered. 



We love these hand painted, vintage glass vases available on Etsy for just £6.14
 

How to Add a Lot of Green


Avoid the temptation to only choose one shade of green to decorate with too, be braver and mix green tones instead. We promise you won’t regret it. One vast expanse of the same colour can be overwhelming at best and boring at worst, but combining shades adds interest and balance which is what every great room design needs.



This beautiful green room as feature in House Beautiful’s 40+ Gorgeous Green Rooms article which you can find here, is a beautiful example of balanced prints and tone.

Layer your green patterns too. Either choose larger scale prints to combine with smaller scale prints with related motifs or keep your prints the same scale but combine different patterns like strips and spots. The key to successfully mixing patterns is to keep at least one element consistent, or in our case it’s two: colour and scale or colour and print.

So, will you be going green this spring? 
 

Publish date: 10/03/2016