Of all the cool colours, green is perhaps the most versatile when it comes to green room ideas. It promises to renew your connection to nature and is said to evoke feelings of balance, vibrancy and good fortune. It comes to life with plenty of natural light but can also work in a dark narrow space. ‘It’s all about what you pair it with,’ says Judy Smith, colour consultant for Crown Paint. ‘Greens with a blue base are impactful colours, so introducing softer tones of clay white and chalky grey in furniture and accessories and keeping to a light, natural flooring will help to balance a scheme and add a calming quality.’
Meanwhile, greens with a yellow undertone such as olive pop alongside metallic gold or bronze touches that enhance their warmth and give them shine. ‘My go-to colours are green with a touch of gold,’ says the artist and designer Margit Wittig. ‘This season, I’ve worked with chartreuse, emerald, turquoise and a pop of fuchsia pink. The use of colour in lighting adds character to a room: it’s like creating jewellery for the interior.’
‘I first used Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green in my own tiny kitchen in London,' says Henriette von Stockhausen, co-founder of VSP Interiors. ‘I
was amazed how well it worked in a small space even though it’s so dark. This rich tone defines a space and almost makes the walls disappear. It works in contemporary settings as well as very traditional spaces and is wonderful backdrop for art - gilt frames have never looked better.’
Add a pop of green on furniture. Deep colours are the way to go this season and work especially well against a light backdrop. We love the ‘George’ sofa in Isla Mallard from Neptune with its handsome country house looks and elegant dark legs.
While green is widely regarded as one of the easiest colours to decorate with - you can pair various shades of it with just about any other colour - it’s also thought that green rooms make us feel positive. If the ceiling heights and aspect allow it (ideally, tall in the first case and north/north-east in the last), then create a wow factor by choosing one of the colour’s more high-impact hues. Here Little Greene's Pleat is used on walls and furniture with a fun accent of Heat inside the storage.
It’s not in everyone’s power to combine a multitude of colours and patterns successfully, so Tricia Guild, founder and creative director of Designers Guild suggests choosing three or four shades, one of which here is green. ‘Always remember that colour and pattern is a reflection of your personality so be brave and embrace it. I would also suggest keeping floors and ceilings neutral or white to prevent a space from becoming overwhelmed. If you are drawn to a varied colour palette, I would suggest you try and keep the look tonal and use lots of different textures within that palette - just think of a rich velvet pile, lustrous silk, smooth cotton or a crisp linen - each texture brings with it its own quality and captures light differently.’ Here Designers Guild Romaunt Rose curtains contrast perfectly with plain green blinds.
Soothing olive green brings a warm, enveloping and earthy aesthetic to any space - and works particularly well in rooms with good natural light as the sunlight enhances and warms the softer tone, almost making it glow, says Judy Smith of Crown. But research recently carried out by Oxford University and paint manufacturers Valspar revealed another aspect to the colour: it makes the room feel two degrees warmer. In this Parisian kitchen, Maria Speake of Retrouvius painted tongue-and-groove panelling in a glossy olive green, a perfect match for the reclaimed varnished dark walnut work surfaces. Bringing an earthy slice of the English countryside and style to the French capital, she’s hung a simple wooden plate rack.
‘Key Shadow’ designed by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company is a handknitted rug, that shows that green works on the floor too. Here the zigzag design contrasts boldly with the wall colour making a grand statement in a large room.
Switch up your scheme by looking at existing pieces with fresh eyes. Kitchen cabinetry is an ideal vehicle for a colour. Here Neptune’s Henley kitchen is painted in Sage – a light green – perfectly suited to country interiors and works well with beams and chunky white ceramics. If you want to add a contrast colour, a pop of raspberry pink will enliven a space.
Domus’ Green Triangle wall tiles speaks to the house plant trend and makes for an interesting design highlight. Hubert Zandberg, founder of Hubert Zandberg Interiors, says ‘Our experience of green representing nature makes the combination with natural materials like stone, metal, natural timbers and highly dimensional hand-glazed ceramics or terracotta seamlessly effective.’