How to use it

Living Etc - - AGENDA -

Green is a use­ful ally if you are hop­ing to make small spa­ces ap­pear larger. This is be­cause ‘it is a re­ced­ing colour with a short vis­ual wave­length’, ex­plains Mar­i­anne Shilling­ford, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Du­lux. Com­bine this with ‘our men­tal as­so­ci­a­tion with green as a sym­bol of wide open out­side spa­ces’ and you can see why this vis­ual trick works.

‘Green is ver­sa­tile and works well in most rooms,’ says Do­minic My­land, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of My­lands. ‘Deep tones add warmth, so in a north-fac­ing liv­ing room bold shades will cre­ate a cosy, co­coon­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Cooler shades of green are ideal in warmer rooms, such as a south­fac­ing bed­room, while sage greens are great on Shak­er­style cab­i­nets in a kitchen.’

Grey-greens should be your go-to neu­tral. ‘They seam­lessly com­ple­ment an ex­ist­ing grey scheme,’ says Vic­to­ria Yard­ley, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Vic­tory Colours. Annie Sloan agrees: ‘Grey-greens are a very for­giv­ing base. They are lux­u­ri­ous and re­fined – but

never cold. To pro­vide a fab­u­lous first im­pres­sion, use in your hall­way or porch.’

All shades of green work well with other colours.

‘For drama, try com­bin­ing deep jewel tones with earthy darks; while for a lighter, fresher look, mix up del­i­cate tones of green,’ ad­vises Lit­tle Greene’s head of de­sign, Andy Greenall. ‘Or for the wow fac­tor, try high­light­ing with a to­tally dif­fer­ent colour such as bright pink or acid yel­low.’

Pre­fer the dark side of dec­o­rat­ing?

Then rich greens should be your BFFS. ‘Deeper greens, which are bold with blue un­der­tones, fit well with the fash­ion for

lush, leafy botan­i­cals, and they look amaz­ing teamed with gold and brass,’ says Vic­to­ria Yard­ley. ‘A gran­ite green is a great base for well-lit rooms, but also fan­tas­tic for accents, and is dra­matic when used on ceil­ings.’

Best for a dra­matic state­ment

For­est Fes­ti­val flat matt emul­sion, £27.56 for 2.5L, Du­lux

Best for a re­lax­ing vibe Myr­tle Green mar­ble matt emul­sion, £46 for 2.5L, My­lands

Best for tran­si­tion­ing from grey Opal Green matt emul­sion, £39.50 for 2.5L, Fired Earth

Best as your new neu­tral Into the Wild matt emul­sion, £34.95 for 2.5L, Vic­tory Colours

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