Oh to be so very jaded
This increasingly fashionable colour, like its gemstone namesake, can add some Zen-like qualities to any living space
MY absolute favourite feature colour of the moment has got to be jade: at the last trade fair I attended, I managed to source some amazing pieces in this sophisticated, bold, yet natural hue.
Jade is commonly referred to as a shade of green; however, like its namesake, the jade gemstone, it can range from emerald to teal to turquoise and other strong greens and blue- greens.
Not only is it becoming a favourite for interiors, I have also noticed its emergence in fashion and other products, further emphasising its appeal.
Unlike other feature colours, jade can be used in any part of the house and also in large amounts despite its depth and intensity.
It works well with natural wood tones, whites, all neutrals tones from taupe to charcoal and amp, a mix of the other blue/green tones that it is composed of. Avoid mixing jade with other strong feature colours though, as they tend to fight with each other.
Used in the bathroom, you can create a calm Zen-like spa feel when paired back with beautiful crisp whites often associated with wet areas. Add a timber bath mat or timber shutters to bring the scheme together.
With wallpapers becoming more popular, a strong leafy wallcovering in jade tones will instantly bring a dramatic, tropical feel to any living area.
If you didn’t want the financial outlay associated with wallpapering, paint can be equally effective and a lot less costly. Be sure to team it with stark white skirting and cornices to further accentuate its depth and richness.
A beautiful feature chair covered in jade velvet or even a cushion, along with some well-chosen jade accessories, will bring a real sense of wow to any living room. Even bedrooms can benefit from the introduction of jade, although here I tend towards using it more sparingly.
Always remember to give a nod to Mother Nature from where this beautiful hue came and add a pot plant to your scheme.