James Tre­ble ex­plains how to work this colour’s new hues into your home.

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How to work with the lat­est green hues.

NOW IS A GREAT TIME to con­sider the di­rec­tion in which colour trends are mov­ing for 2017 and be­yond. In­stead of a par­tic­u­lar colour be­ing “in”, I be­lieve cer­tain colours or hues change with time, mor­ph­ing into the next lighter, darker, deeper or greyer ver­sion of them­selves. This cre­ates new colour palettes for us to en­joy and in­cor­po­rate into our homes, with­out need­ing to re­paint the whole house to stay on trend.


Green is one of those colours that sim­ply works! As well as be­ing re­lax­ing, calm­ing and sooth­ing to the soul, it is a way of bring­ing the look and feel of na­ture into the home and helps to blur the line be­tween in­side and out­side. As with all colours, there are cer­tain vari­a­tions of each base that change with the sea­sons and are also af­fected by fash­ion and trends, mean­ing ex­cit­ing new ver­sions of colour be­com­ing pop­u­lar each year, and op­por­tu­nity to up­date your sur­rounds and add new life to your home.

The new Pan­tone colour of the year is Pan­tone 13-0343 “Green­ery”, a re­fresh­ing and re­vi­tal­is­ing shade that is a sym­bol of new be­gin­nings. This yel­low-green is calm­ing yet in­vig­o­rat­ing with its greyed-off, muted tone. It sits

com­fort­ably in its sur­round­ings, not need­ing to de­mand at­ten­tion, and so works beau­ti­fully as an ac­com­pa­ni­ment to any ex­ist­ing colour scheme.

There is, how­ever, a whole myr­iad of green hues that can be in­cor­po­rated into your in­te­rior and ex­te­rior schemes. This year, the greens that are “en vogue” are more sub­tle, slightly greyed­off and muddy, like the colours of the man­groves, the greens found along rivers and es­tu­ar­ies, and the lush deep greens found in mosses on rocks and south-fac­ing trees. The range of greens is vast and they don’t have to be dark to be muddy, but all of them are a muted ver­sion of the base colour green.

Taub­mans “Lucky Charm” Go, go, go

A fea­ture wall makes a dra­matic state­ment, and is a cost-ef­fec­tive way to ex­per­i­ment with colour.

Haymes “Green Genie” Du­lux “Pea Case”

Porter’s Paints “Maiden­hair” Taub­mans “Bri­tish Green”

Ex­treme green

This room is full-on, but is a great style state­ment. You can al­ways just pick one idea! SHOP IT! More green home­wares on page 21.

FRESH FRA­GRANCE Pine Bal­sam scented can­dle in glass jar in Green, $24.99, from H&M. SOFT TOUCH Lus­tre vel­vet cush­ion cover in Green Gables, $54, from West Elm.

SIL­VER STEM Numa mini vase in Juicy Lime, 12cm, $29.95, from Villeroy & Boch.

Big com­mit­ment Bright green-backed glass in this kitchen looks con­fi­dent and stylish.

Tile high Muddy green mo­saics add a warm and earthy feel to a bath­room.

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