The mood of home has changed since we painted one wall in the dining room a deep sage green. It feels calmer, gentler, soft. Painted on a complete whim, wanting a change from the dark grey ‘downpipe’ we have had for the past five year… I wanted a space that echoed our love of nature.
Green is having a moment in the interior world. With many rooms being painted in rich dark green to soft sages it’s an instant uplift you might be looking for. If you can’t stand the thought of decorating, then update your home with soft furnishings. Many of the high street stores are selling lots of nature inspired decor at the moment.
Sage green is truly versatile. It can be used in both a period or contemporary space, and in any room. Painted walls, to soft furnishings, it lends a calming, back to nature approach to styling. I have a post coming up soon with a collaboration with Habitat… which is all about nature and bring in the home.
In psychology, green is associated with nature, spring rebirth and uplifting energy – lush fields, rich forests, abundance and adventure. The colour green is also known for its calming qualities; being at the centre of the colour spectrum, it has a sense of tranquillity. Just think how restorative a walk through the forest can be, or how refreshed you can feel after a day outdoors in the garden or at the park. Green is a colour with deep connections to our well-being. The Japanese believe in ‘forest bathing’ – which means walking among the trees and feeling the calming qualities of nature.
Our favourite paint brands are always returning to green, launching brand new shades each year. Perennial favourites, Farrow & Ball added two new greens for 2019.
‘Treron’ This enduring colour is a dark green version of Farrow & Ball classic Pigeon, hence being named after the green variety of the same species. Although traditional in feel, Treron is perfect for modern homes where lots of natural materials are used or as an accent for both French Gray and our Traditional Neutrals. ‘Bancha’, meanwhile, is a bit more acidic– a mid-century modern green is a darker version of the much loved archive colour, Olive. Perfect for those who want to embrace stronger colour in the home, its sober tone creates rooms that feel calm and serene – especially when combined with soft pinks and browns. Named after Japanese tea leaves, Bancha, like a cup of green tea, provides a feeling of security.
I’m learning to love green more and more. It really lifts my mood and compliments all the furnishings in our home. FYI – The green I used in my dining room is by Crown Paints, called Promenade. I just bought off the shelf on a whim. Sometimes a knee jerk reaction to interiors pays off!
Mood board images: Clockwise from Top right: Farrow & Ball | Ikea | Farrow & Ball | March twice Interiors