Stratford Press


Choose warm greens for a nurturing environmen­t at home


It’s easy to underestim­ate how redecorati­ng a home can be a moodenhanc­er, even on a small scale. Replacing dated cushions, clearing clutter or a simple lick of paint doesn’t sound like much; but walls painted in a heavenly misty green can transport you to the French alps or the seafoam waves of the Coromandel. This is a testament to the power of interior design and, notably, paint.

Take green, for instance; its beauty all around us. The trees, grass and rolling hills celebrate the nuances of this colour. By seeking inspiratio­n from nature’s bounty, you can create what could be the most inviting place you can think of.

Taking your cue from idyllic settings will bring in the rich beauty of the natural world through dark or light tones. Now more than ever, we want this balance of tranquilli­ty and energy in our homes.

But it’s not just any greens that are taking our fancy. We are saying goodbye to greens with elements of blue in their make-up, Resene colour consultant Amy Watkins says. “Greens are moving away from the blue-based tones, such as the duck-eggs, into the warmer palettes of yellow-based versions of sage or olive.”

This is partly due to us continuing to spend more time at home. Creating an interior that rewards us emotionall­y is becoming more appealing. “Because, thanks to lockdowns and restrictio­ns we’ve been spending more time at home, so we want to warm up the colour tones to make us feel more nestled in at home. We’ve had the cool colour palette be on trend for so long that it’s done its cycle, and the next cycle is the opposite, bringing in those warm tones.”

“The appeal of green is that it’s a reflection of nature,” Amy says. “Using those traditiona­l natural tones means they aren’t something people get tired of quickly because we’re used to seeing it in our day-to-day environmen­t.”

On-trend greens include the cool olive green of Resene Avocado and the evocative blend of green with brown in

Resene Siam. “Both are in the yellowbase­d ochre-toned greens,” Amy says.

But don’t assume every warm green is yellow-based. “Some greens are simply classified as warm because there is clarity behind them,” Amy says. “So, say Resene Forest Green, which almost has a kind of olive edge or emerald colour tone, doesn’t have any blue tone. Even the lighter Resene Xanadu is a form of pastel, but there is still depth.”

More and more, we see these warm greens used in spaces where we can sit back and relax. “We’re seeing green in bedrooms and living areas,” Amy says. “In bedrooms, we’re more likely to immerse ourselves in the colour, so it’s most often used on all the walls not just a feature.” The deep colour tones of hues like Resene Forest Green are popular or if it’s in a darker area of the home, bringing in a lighter hue to avoid darkening the space further. “It’s a matter of how much light is in that space as to how dark a colour tone you’re going.”

“In a darker space, such as a smaller bedroom, you might go for Resene Coriander, in a master bedroom that doesn’t get a lot of light you might opt for darker Resene Avocado,” she says. “Even in a master bedroom with lots of light or that is quite large you can . . . go for deep greens like Resene Palm Green and really commit to the colour.”

Variations of these warm greens throughout a home can be tied together with a complement­ary trim on window frames, ceilings and door frames. Don’t underestim­ate how these oftenoverl­ooked elements can hold your interior together seamlessly. “Trims are a really important connection point for the rest of your home,” Amy says. “Use the same trim colour to flow on throughout, so its normally an off-white that gets used because it adds clarity and depth to your wall colour.”

Once you’ve selected your main hue, don’t feel you need to stop there. Layer more colour, choosing tones that ‘pop’ against your calm base. Use Resene Karma, a green-toned yellow, on your cupboards next to walls in Resene Tom Thumb, a smoky grey-green. Or Resene Bronzetone, a mustard-brown green, and Resene Red Berry, a vibrant energetic red, paired with Resene Forest Green.

Your colour can be simply coated on to your cupboard doors, not necessaril­y your entire walls. If you’ve washed green on your lounge walls with a fresh offwhite on your trims, bring in elements of pale pink in your cushions and throws, providing a pretty pop of colour to counterbal­ance your palette.

While you might hold a place in your heart for cool, blue-based greens, you can still bring these into your de´ cor scheme. “Peacock colours are in the cool box, and are getting used more as pops of accents on furniture or artworks,” Amy says. “Bring in more variety with Resene Wallpaper. There is always a natural texture to wallpaper, any linen element almost softens that cooler base.”

Whatever warm greens you choose to grace your home, make sure they align with your preference. “It’s really important to look at your own personal taste,” Amy says. Greens can be a tricky palette to please everyone with as there are such variations between different undertones. “You’ve got to be naturally drawn to a particular colour palette, so it’s important to look at yourself and consider what kind of furnishing­s and light is in the space and whether you like warm or cool colour tones.”

For more colour ideas, visit your local Resene ColorShop or check out­ngallery

 ?? ?? Repetition is key in this tween bedroom, where olive green, reddy brown and pale taupe evoke a ‘woodland’ themed space. Project by Laura Lynn Johnston, image by Bryce Carleton.
Repetition is key in this tween bedroom, where olive green, reddy brown and pale taupe evoke a ‘woodland’ themed space. Project by Laura Lynn Johnston, image by Bryce Carleton.

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