When it comes to tricky-to-use colours, green tops the list. Be it olive, khaki, lime or teal, it isn’t easy being green.
EXCEPT it is, says interior designer Lisa Burdus, who says green should not be underestimated as an interior colour choice. “It is the perfect neutral, adds instant softness to a space and allows other colours, especially vibrant ones, to really shine.” With Greenery named the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year, expect to see it filter into all areas of your life, including your home. “Green, when applied well, can be a real room changer,” says interior stylist Rebecca Johnson, “and with the right advice, a cinch to style.” Could it be easy being green? Leading pros tell us how.
Paint it green
A slick of paint is an effective way to adopt green, be it a feature wall, door or floor. “Your choice of green can be as subtle or as bold as you wish,” says Kristy Sadlier, co-owner of Norsu Interiors. “Don’t assume it has to be a bright pop of colour. It can be any soft tonal reflection of it, which makes it easier to use.” Team with fellow neutrals like beige, stone and shades of grey, bright hues like canary yellow and cobalt blue, as well as soft sorbet pastels, sharp metallics and deep moody shades like plum and cherry red. “Its versatility as a neutral makes it a great feature wall colour,” says Johnson, “it serves as a fantastic backdrop for different coloured objects and accessories and gives them new life.”
Tip: Be inspired by every shade of green imaginable on the Dulux Colour Wall. “We love Dulux Gamelan as a soft, subtle wall colour,” says Sadlier. Try Dulux Gamelan for a soft, subtle wall colour.
Wrap a wall
Create a high-impact wall using decorative wallpaper in a palette starring green. “Paper a single wall, add a striking mural, or hang a panel of framed wallpaper that sets the scene and creates a mood for the room,” says Johnson. “It makes any space instantly glamorous and is a great way to create an instant focal point.”
Green-spiked wall hangings, prints and paintings make for an easy and less permanent room update. “Adding art to your home that features green is a simple and effective way to add the colour,” says Ryan Hanrahan, creative director at Page Thirty Three. “I like to use large wall hanging rugs with lots of texture for interest.” Adding artwork with green highlights makes for an easy and less permanent room update.
Bring the outside indoors, using potted greenery for a luxe but relaxed vibe. “It is a simple addition and brings natural beauty into a space,” says Sadlier. “Try Fiddle Leaf Figs, hanging String of Pearls, Chain of Hearts or beautiful Hoyas, and pair with timbers and neutral pastels.” Tip: Pot your greenery in beautiful vessels. Take your pick from hanging baskets, free standing plants stands and handcrafted planters.
Pieces with punch
Still nervous? Use green with a light hand to punctuate your space. “If unsure, use with restraint or you risk it overwhelming your space,” says Johnson. “It can be as subtle as a green glass vase or throw cushion, or add one large impactful addition like a floor light, feature chair, bedhead, jungle print upholstered sofa, or set of green Thonet dining room chairs. It is an easy approach to styling and a simple way to overhaul a space.”