Last week I wrote about post pandemic design and how there is a theory that white will make a return to our homes because of its association with cleanliness and hygiene. You can read it here if you missed it or want to have another look now you’ve had a chance to ponder.
This week I’m looking at strong colours again and yes I have touched on this before – right at the start of the lockdown as it happens and you can look at that here – but this week I am focusing on one colour in particular. I have spoken about I am drawn to yellow ochre shade at the moment but this one caught me right out of left field. And yet, had I stopped to think about it, the signs were there. Two years ago I bought a vintage Marni bag from eBay in a bright emerald green. It was entirely out of character but I loved the style and wear it regularly with my customary all black outfits.
Then, at the start of lockdown I bought a pair of green trousers from Me + Em. It has taken me until now to put the two things together. And let’s not forget that one year ago I had to choose the colour for the cover of my book that came out on 5 March. It’s based on Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic and you can see from the room above how well it goes.
This punchy shade of mint has been gathering pace over on instagram but so has its deeper darker sister emerald and the two work can work beautifully together as shown here. Or, you could employ the trick from last Friday’s househunter post and paint the walls in mint and the window frames in a darker version of the same shade.
Erica Davis, who has loved green for ages, has just repainted a kitchen cupboard in a bright green from Annie Sloan and admits to feeling so much happier now that it’s no longer dark blue – like the one next to it.
When I started this post I was going to write about how, perhaps, we are drawn to green at the moment as its so reminiscent of nature; the grass outside that we can’t get to as often now. That might also go someway to explaining my desire to bring in some yellow to my home too. But, for me at least, the evidence is that I have been gradually drawing closer to this colour for some time. There is still no yellow in my wardrobe for example, which, on past performance would indicate a more reliable route to my walls – I have both pale pink, chocolate brown and navy blue (in the loft) in clothing form.
As yet there is only the merest touch in the furniture. The background of these new reupholstered chairs is quite bright in some lights. At the moment I’m not pondering a full redecoration but I wonder… I just wonder if, in a couple of years time. Either that or I shall strong arm the 16 yo, whose room does need decorating, that this is the perfect colour for him. Or are these chairs to sign of things to come….?
What do you think? Are we craving colours of nature now that we can no longer have them or are we being nudged along? It’s certainly a colour that seems to nourish my soul at the moment but only time will tell if emerald green is a cure for the lockdown blues.
By the way I will be chatting to Annie live on instagram at 3pm on Wednesday 20 May if you fancy tuning it. I’m sure it will be saved to her stories later if you can’t make that time.