How to use it
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