Green is all anyone is talking about at the moment; whether it’s colour of the year, our impact on the planet or new paint ranges so I thought we would use that as excuse to look at some greenspiration today and perhaps if you are thinking of incorporating this colour into your space it might inspire you.
I wrote about the psychology behind the colour green here here so you can have a look at that too while strolling round these beautiful rooms.
Now, one thing that everyone does agree on is that green is a calming colour that helps with relaxation and can also spark creativity. That said, as with all colours, different shades will provoke different reactions in different people and it’s about you finding your happy green.
One way to do this is to look, well here to start with (!) but then go perhaps to pinterest and look at green rooms. Work out how the different shades make you feel and that should help you narrow it down. For many of us a strong emerald green will be too intense for a bedroom but you might like it in a sitting room. It’s too much for me on a wall but I could take it on a cushion or vase. Always, always make a note of your emotional reaction to a colour before you choose and then ask yourself if that’s the right reaction for the room you want to put it in.
The first two images today are from the paler end of the spectrum. They’re a bit Tranquil Dawn or Dulux Colour of the Year 2020, if you like. Think misty dawn mornings. There are lots of versions about and for me it’s a relaxing colour and I like the idea that Dulux have tied it to an early morning as, for me at least, that’s a time of day that is full of new possibilities, it’s a blank slate for the day ahead and so, psychologically it’s a colour I can live happily with.
Other people, not least my podcast co-host Sophie Robinson, find this colour dull, flat and uninspiring. There are no right or wrong answers here, it’s all about you and how it makes you, and the people you live with, feel.
Moving to a slightly stronger shade now and above is slightly darker but also gives you a sense of what to put with your shade of green once you have chosen it. Despite the old adage that blue and green should never be seen, I think it works really well with this blue above. Both have an element of grey in them that tie them together. You need to avoid, where possible, pairing a yellow-based green with a violet-based blue, or pink. That’s when you get a clash.
An experienced colourist and designer will know how to style that out. The rest of us should probably avoid. If you look at two colours that don’t seem to work and you don’t know why it might well be to do with the base shade.
On the whole, green likes every colour and it’s just about finding the right shade of it to go with it. This room above with its shades of emerald is particularly striking and it loves shades of turquoise and pink. Olive greens love really strong pinks and dark foresty shades hang out well with a bit of blush.
Personally I’m not a fan of green and white – in any shade of the former. It’s too much of a harsh contrast so I would suggest, if you have chosen a pale green, matching the woodwork to the walls and perhaps choose a darker or lighter version of the same for the ceiling or pick a contrasting colour such as a soft pink or cream.
In this room above, the ceiling is gold which matches the French bed perfectly while the walls are a soft creamy pink. The wall behind the bed has been panelled to create the look of a giant bedhead (rather than a feature wall) while the freestanding wardrobe has been painted to match so the room looks cohesive and pretty. This is one of my favourites although you can’t really tell the ceiling is gold from the picture you will just have to assume that it works. My gold ceiling sometimes looks brown in pictures and sometimes there is a real flash of metallic to it – it depends on the light outside when I’m taking the shot.
Another French bed below – and if you like them try The French Depot for similar – that link takes you to a particularly pretty one but there are lots more on the site. This belongs to Pearl Lowe, whose new book Faded Glamour is out this week and whose house tour you can see here. She has teamed her green velvet Manette bed from Soho Home with soft pink wallpaper and vintage mirrored bedside tables. The cover of her book also features the French bed in her daughter Daisy’s room.
And finally, I love this. And it’s actually my own favourite down pipe but in certain lights this colour has always looked green. A year ago Emily Henderson featured a picture of my sitting room on her blog in a post about the fashion for dark green walls. My walls were down pipe at the time and given that it was a big deal to be on her blog I didn’t like to tell her it was actually grey although if you read the post she’s not sure either. And I did exactly the same thing when I saw this picture of Emily Wheeler’s. It’s a dark grey that can look green or blue and whatever colour it is it loves this pale gold and ivory French bed.
Now before I go a word about a project that Emily is about to launch called Furnishing Futures. It’s best said in her words and it’s not operational yet but give her a follow on @furnishingfutures and do get in touch if you can help in any way:
“As a social worker, it’s part of my profession to advocate for those without a voice and I have always carried this into my personal life too. . . The issue of furniture poverty isn’t widely known about and as I talk to more and more people, I realise how important it is for me to raise awareness.
“Over the past few weeks through my social work job I’ve met families who don’t have beds for their children, sofas to sit on, flooring or curtains and pregnant women sleeping on floors. This is what austerity and changes to the housing and benefit system has done to the most vulnerable in society and I’m determined, in whatever small way to use my knowledge and experience to change this through @furnishingfutures. I have a unique set of skills in social work and interior design after meeting too many women who found the courage to flee domestic abuse, only to be moved with their children into empty flats with concrete floors, no electricity and no furnishings. Often they ended up going back to the perpetrator out of desperation because to have a warm home and be able to cook a meal for their kids was more important than their own safety.
“You wouldn’t know [this] unless you do a job like me. I want every family to live in a home that is safe, warm and comfortable. No child or pregnant mother should have to sleep on the floor and we all deserve a place to call home. …Offer me your support as I try to save items from landfill and collect donations from brands to help our families in need.”
And what could be more green than that? Happy Monday everyone.