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