As the saying (almost) goes you wait ages for the perfect shade of green and then they all come at once. Not quite 50, but 31 from Little Greene, one from Dowsing & Reynolds and, while there are no new varieties from Farrow & Ball, they are due to launch their new colours later this year (happens every three years) and I would be amazed if there weren’t any new ones in there.
So green. It’s a thing. As you know I have just painted a wall in bedroom green but this was a long time in the making. We did our en suite bathroom up two years ago and I was desperate to paint it green. We tried about six different shades but couldn’t find the right one. Studio – pictured below – was too dark for a bathroom. In fact, at the time of writing I have just seen it in a bedroom and while it’s very, very dark, it is a stunning colour. Mind you, even Farrow & Ball suggest using it outside where it will appear greener – it can tend towards black indoors.
Then there is the new Spruce Things Up by Dowsing & Reynolds, whose green I have just used in my bedroom. This isn’t as dark as above and has a dollop of grey in it so it’s not too yellow or grassy. Some people won’t mind that. I do. Spruce (for short) is what you would get if Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe went green, if that makes sense. It does to me. My bathroom is painted Down Pipe and every time I post it on instagram I am asked what shade of green it is. Well now you have the solution.
And then we come to Little Greene, who hadn’t launched their green card three weeks ago when I was looking for green but who have now compiled 31 shades of it on this colour card ranging from an almost teal, to pale, dark and something really quite grassy in between.
Now it’s much easier to get the right shade of green than it is grey. Well I say that….. when it comes to a dark green it basically as simple as do you like it. When I wanted dark green for the bathroom two years ago it was as simple as no I didn’t.
Dark shades are often easier to get right than pale ones as they don’t change as much during the day. The difficulty comes with the paler shades which can change dramatically according to the light outside. So the same rules as choosing grey paint apply.
In a south-facing room you might want to avoid the bright greens that have a lot of yellow as that will ramp up in the golden light of the sun. Unless, of course, that is what you want. The cooler shades of pale green will look more blue in the blue light of a north-facing room. It’s not as difficult as grey which can vary from beige to lilac but it’s something to bear in mind.
Then it’s simply about whether you like it or not.
Now the thing that Little Greene does really well with its colour cards it that it arranges them according to family – so you have a collection of grey greens (and that’s me sorted) moving through the neutral greens, yellow greens, blue greens and turquoise greens. So it’s already easier to choose.
Little Greene has been working with The National Trust to produce this themed card – the latest in its series which includes grey, pink and blue. The new green card includes 20 National Trust shades as well as some from the Little Green archive and the current collection.
They took their inspiration from Beatrix Potter’s house in the Lake District and George Bernard Shaw’s writing hut – essentially a shed that revolved to catch the sun.
I can’t show you all the colours here but this should give you a flavour of what they have. And a contribution from the sale of every tin will go to the National Trust to help with their conservation work.
Now, which one will you choose? They are available in September so you’ve got time to think about it.