Spring may not have quite sprung yet, but that’s not to say we’re not willing those green shoots to pop up when it comes to decorating. A big story this season is ‘greenery’, a vibrant green that is the colour of shoots and stalks. It’s a big change from the tasteful but subdued sage green we’re already using in our historic homes, or the rich emerald greens that were part of last year’s jewel tones trend. This green is fresh, bold and modern, but you’d be forgiven for worrying that it could be hard to live with on everyy wall in the house. That’s why we’ve put together five ideas for more unusual or subtle ways in which to use it at home.
1. Keep it to your upholstery. If you’re not prepared to commit full to green on the walls then the tried-and-tested method of getting a taste of the trend is to use it on upholstery only. It won’t dominate the room but it will give you enough of the greenery trend to update your space. A bright green can look rich and luxurious is it appears as the velvet on a comfy sofa, or can add a pop of modern colour if used on cushions. Mixing your ‘greenery’ with the right background colour is key here too. Green and pink is a tried and tested combination that looks very ‘now’, and pops of hot red will stop the combination looking too sugary.
2. Layer with accessories. A whole room painted in a strong colour like green can seem a bit daunting to commit to. However taking the plunge is often the best way to create an impact. Counterintuitively though, adding more and more layers of the same sort of colour can make the overall effect softer and help your room look more bedded in. Here green walls are given extra depth and brightness by adding green glass accessories which reflect light and wall-mounted plates with a dark green motif for contrast.
3. What about the woodwork? The first instinct with a colour trend is to paint it onto the walls. But using a green as a secondary colour, on the woodwork not the walls, can bring a new lease of life to your scheme but with greater longevity than using it on a large area. Below is the hallway of architect ad designer Ben Pentreath’s Welsh farmhouse, and you can see that a spring green makes an unusual but charming choice for woodwork, giving the hall a light, bright feel, emphasised by the sunny wall colour. For a big architectural feature like the stairs and bannister green is a quirky but effective choice too.
4. Use sparingly to maximise drama. Unsure of how long you’re going to be in love with the latest colour trend? You may find it has a longer shelf life and greater impact if you use it in a small or unusual space. Below a small and awkwardly-shaped hallway gets the spring green treatment and turns it from a nondescript space into a central feature of the home. The fresh green makes a great backdrop for works of art, seeming to push them to the fore and clever details like the eagle mirror give the space a classic look despite the quirky colour choice.
5. Add some real greenery. Decorating with plants is also having a moment, so why not combine the two to create a refreshing, coherent space. In this space in location venue Clapton Tram, the all-white space is transformed with the calming, life-giving presence of organic greenery, bringing all the colour and pattern to the space you could possibly wish for. Look a little closer however and you’ll see that the greenery is echoed in the rich green of the velvet sofa and the antiqued bottle green of the glass terrariums. Mixing organic materials like wood, stone and copper with a white background dotted with plants is a deft way to tackle the greenery trend.