By Megan Slack
The power of green needs no introduction. The color has blessed our interiors this year more than ever before, as we all look to inject refreshing, relaxing, organic elements of growth and renewal into our homes.
See: Green room ideas – gorgeous ways to use nature's palette
The easiest way to drench your decor in this trendy hue is with paint – as interior design guru Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin, highlights: there are 'more walls in a home than anything else.'
But which shade to choose? There's an endless choice of greens on the market, after all, which makes it hard to know where to begin.
Now, the search can end, as you need to look no further than the suggestions of Little Greene's Creative Director, Ruth Mottershead.
As a director of one of the most celebrated paint manufacturers worldwide, we were eagerly anticipating Ruth's advice on the color of the moment. Her shade suggestions for each room of your home certainly did not disappoint.
See: Decorating with green – get back to nature with a fresh palette
'Green is the true color of nature, one that we feel comfortable with in the home. It is a shade that we associate with the tranquility of the outdoors. From earthy, muted tones such as Boringdon Green and Ambleside to the bold brightness of Sage & Onions, these shades are both elegant and reassuring.'
Ruth continues, offering a further selection of Little Greene classics that have the capability to bless any type of space.
'The soft peaceful color Pea Green (above) is perfect for dining rooms or combine with a pop of pink to create an inspired interior. Deep sumptuous green hues also work well in all-over schemes to create both impact and warmth. Pair Jewel Beetle with dark, rich shades such as Chocolate Colour and use gentle, pale greens in place of white for ceilings and woodwork.
With Ruth's suggestions, you're almost ready to go green. However, Martin Waller offers a pre-warning, suggesting the transition to a green home isn't as easy as we may initially think.
'Having painted a room green, it may take time to accustom yourself to the look. You're likely to be horrified. People find it difficult to cope with change. Leave it for a week, and your feelings will alter. I suspect you won't hate it, and if you do, repainting isn't that difficult.'
See: Nina Campbell reveals how to use green in interiors – and what to avoid
Martin continues: 'If you are still hesitant, start your transformation in a cloakroom or small bedroom, since richer colors work well in such spaces, despite the accepted wisdom that white paint makes a room seem larger.'
We've got the expert approval. Now, all we need is the courage to take the plunge.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly enjoys writing about upcoming styles and trends for Homes & Gardens. Megan also loves discovering vintage pieces in her spare time, meaning her decor is largely influenced by the beauty of the jazz age.
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