Green is the new blue in interiors

Sep 30, 2019 | Anoushka's Blog, Interior design and decoration

Hi Guys. Last week I talked about the 2020 Dulux Trend Forecast, and green was a major player in the colour palettes. Then I had the forecast from Laminex last week and one of their 4 schemes had a big green bias, they are calling this In the Shallows. They talk about a reconnected with nature and the feeling of being grounded at the heart of this palette. They have picked out graduated shades of subtle greens in nature to bring a different but easy neutrality to interiors. And I’ve got to say I’m in love with this look.

When we renovated our place earlier this year I was torn between using a grey/blue or a soft green for our kitchen, instead you may remember I used the green in our master bedroom, I had to get it in somewhere! I just love mixing blues and greens throughout a home, but in subtle ways. What I mean by this is really committing to the colour, say on joinery, wall colour, or in upholstery, but keeping the colour softer, more neutral. This way you can layer really interesting colours and create balance and a sense of calm.

So I wanted to showcase green in all it’s glory. How to use it wisely so that you never get bored of the colour, but also how to apply it to create a sanctuary in your own home.

GREEN KITCHENS & JOINERY

Keep in mind when using green I’m focussing on natures calm. Therefore there are 2 ways you could go here. A beautiful dark moss green with depth without the pop that say an emerald would inject. Much like this kitchen

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Or a wonderfully calm soft green, creating a light and bright space that could work in a coastal setting or a more leafy suburb. Focus here on sage, and soft eucalyptus greens.

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GREEN WALLS

No not garden walls, but yes they will add to your green scheme! I’m focussing here on painting whole rooms green. Gone are coloured feature walls, instead you want to choose a colour that can be applied to all walls in a space. I like to do this in bedrooms, powder rooms, home offices, or separate dining rooms.

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GREEN IN BATHROOMS

Now this is where you need to be 100% into green. As it’s a commitment. I personally would choose accent wall tiles in a soft green and use them across one wall for impact. Something like this would work beautifully. I’d then also pair the Nood basins in their soft green into this look.

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However if you aren’t that brave then why not look at bringing in soft green towels, accent pieces such as trays, handpumps and greenery in plants.

MIXING GREEN BACK WITH TIMBERS

So when thinking about partnering timber with your greens think about this. You want the tone of the timber to balance with the tone of your green. So lighter sage greens work wonderfully with lighter wood tones like European Oak, Ash, and Elm. If you are looking at bringing in those darker khaki colours or moss greens then mid tones work well like light walnut. This is just my opinion, there are no hard and fast rules here, darker greens will work well with lighter timbers, however the more contrast you create the more the eye has to feast on and therefore the less calm the space will feel.

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NOTE: Images used under Fair Use, and the above commentary is a personal view and not commercial in nature, and were sourced from a variety of online sources and personal archives.

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