The New Year is a great time to think about updating your home’s interiors. If you’re stuck for inspiration, look no further than Pantone’s colour of the year: Greenery. Although the actual shade that’s been chosen is a yellow-green, you don’t have to be a slave to fashion. From cool mint and zesty lime through to soft fern and dark bottle, there’s a green for everyone! Any type of green will add some verve to your home and help to refresh and revitalise it for spring.
Redecorate with green
Green is a wonderfully calming colour that’s uplifting and peaceful, making it particularly suitable for bedrooms and living areas. It can also be dramatic, depending on the shade you prefer. If you’d like to redecorate a room with your favourite green hue, the easiest way is to use paint. This will change the look and feel of an area in an instant.
There are also some beautiful wallpaper designs around with stunning botanical motifs that tap into the current trend for all things tropical. If you’re not sure about using wallpaper with a ‘busy’ pattern in a whole room, you could try using it on one feature wall, papering the inside of bookcases, or framing it in panels as pictures.
Green as an accent colour
If you’d prefer not to redecorate, you can still add green to your existing interiors simply by using it as an accent colour through accessories and other home furnishings. Consider buying a sofa in green but only if it really is your favourite colour. Look for table lamps, blinds and rugs to add pops of the shade to your decorating scheme. You can also extend the botanical theme with elegant cushions and throws in leaf and flower motifs.
Bring the outdoors in
The best shades of green are often found in nature. Another way to use the colour is to bring in as many lush plants as possible into your conservatory [link], garden room or living area. Look for varieties with as many different types of leaves as possible to add interest. Try striking succulents such as aloe vera and flowering cactuses; trailing plants in the form of ferns and ivies; and perennial favourites like the glossy Swiss cheese plant and the exotic peace lily. As an added bonus, all of these plants are easy to grow!