Our love of the colour green runs deep. Trends come and go, but we firmly believe this colour brings a timeless appeal to any setting.
Our long term social media friends will have noticed we love using it in our designs. It’s a versatile colour that looks stunning on kitchen cabinets and in bathrooms, as backdrop in bedrooms and as a standout feature where you need it. And yet many people still struggle to include this ‘neutral’ colour in their home.
Today we’re here to help you. These are our top tips for designing with green.
All the Shades of Green
The great thing about green is that all shades of green work beautifully with each other, so you don’t need to be afraid to mix different greens together in once space. In fact, we love a colour blocking exercise.
Combining different tones of green makes a space feel both serene and energised. It’s no wonder green is the colour of choice in many spa settings. We love to start with a mid to deep based hue, to be used as our base. You can then go either way (or both) with your accent colours. A deep heritage green is ideal for a winter setting, invoking a sense of luxuriousness and cosiness. For warmer, summer months, we love to offset the darker setting with a lighter, mint tones – especially a stripe option – for a fun, summery feel.
Light Greens, like our favourite Sage, are a great alternative to more typical neutrals, working well with a wide range of decorating styles, accent colours, wood tones and metal finishes. Light green should be the main shade accompanied by neutral or earthy tones. for a vintage, cozy and relaxing ambiance. Pure, straight-forward colors such as black and white provide strong contrast for modern spaces.
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Bright greens evoke a sense of richness and elegance in a space. Use this colour on its own to create a feature statement, or mix it with other jewel tones like deep blues and shimmery golds. Splashes of white and bright colours prevent the space from becoming dark and dreary.
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Dark Greens. We all know dark colours delivery the most drama. They also set the stage for texture. Weathered wood, woven rattans, smooth leather, plush velvets and light matching metals and mirror all stand out against a dark setting. When using darker green tones in the bedroom, like a deep teal, charcoal greys linens are the perfect compliment.
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Prints + Patterns
We consider green our new neutral, which makes it the perfect colour to experiment with. If you’re looking for an opportunity to bring patterns and prints into your home, consider a green based design. Whether you opt for a highly illustrative pattern, or something botanical based, tones of green are the perfect companion to any setting.
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Add An Accent Colour
We love green for its diversity in colour pairing. For a lux and moody setting we suggest bringing in similar darker colours, like mixing greens with deep blues. This is one of our absolute favourite combinations and is completely versatile across spaces and tones.
When you’re after a more casual setting, we love pairing green with other natural and earthy colours, such as terracottas, tans, rust and peachy browns. There is a sense of natural harmony in this colour pairing.
You can take this even further by going for lighter neutrals, such as nude, ivory, creams, beige and soft pinks. This will lift your green and give the setting a softer, prettier feel.
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Green and grey is another classic combination that feels equal parts balanced for both summer and winter.
Bring In Natural Materials + Texture
It’s no secret that the colour green and wood go together. It’s all about selecting the correct finish style and type of texture for your setting.
We love pale ash through to dark oak furniture pieces, all with a natural finish, alongside a green setting. This lets the beauty of the wood shine and is a classic and gorgeous combination.
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When creating bespoke joinery and integrated furniture, we suggest the addition of marble or stone for contemporary feel.
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Distressed woods and unpolished finishes are ideal for industrial and rustic style settings. These finishes create a casual and relaxed setting.
Finally, don’t forget the real deal! Adding some natural greenery is the perfect finishing touch!