Spring green is a fabulously uplifting colour and what better time to celebrate it and look at the various ways we can use it both inside and out than now that spring’s almost here.
I know that technically it isn’t quite spring yet, but we’re almost there. It’s like we’re at the second step from the top of the ladder climbing out of winter. Show me someone who isn’t encouraged by the first green shoots of spring and the associated promise of warmer brighter days to come. This is why I love deep vibrant verdant tones, that I’ll group together and call spring green.
From the shoots of my crocus above, to the lush green leaves on the primulas I planted last weekend, spring green tones are all around us in the garden at this time of year .
Using Spring Green for Interiors
I adore using lush bright green for interiors too. Zingy, verdant shades are much more usable inside than you might think. Try them on walls, on a statement piece of furniture, such as a sofa, or smaller accessories from bath towels to kitchen appliances. Let’s take a closer look.
Green Walls & Wallpaper
Green brings the outside inside like no other colour. Going all out for a full on colour like this living room below shows how effective colour blocking can be clever you can be.
There are actually three colours used here; green, yellow and cream. The green shade is actually furthest away from the garden window, but notice how the green cleverly catches your eye in the foreground and leads the eye garden greenery. The use of a complimentary yellow tone softens the look without distracting. So although it’s a bold choice of colour, it’s equally mellow and relaxing too.
If you are thinking about using green to decorate your walls, but aren’t so keen on large blocks of colours, then why not opt for botanical wallpaper. This is a very popular way to introduce green into a room with dramatic effect, but without the heaviness that some people feel is overwhelming with painted walls. I love this look, it’s very ‘Kew Gardens’ and makes me think of warm tropical breezes.
Fancy something completely different ans totally spring green? Then how about using photo wallpaper. I love the juxtaposition here of the lush green forest wallpaper and the very urban backdrop outside. An urban forest, yep, why not.
How About a Lush green Sofa?
If using green on walls is too much how about a statement piece of furniture? Such as this amazing sofa, who wouldn’t want to just sink into this and chill?
The use of colour pop pink cushions and a throw provides an extra dimension to the look as does the textured sisal rug. White walls and window shutters recede into the background, allowing the statement sofa to take centre stage. Just lovely!
Green Kitchen Accessories
As we noted at the beginning of this piece, spring green is a widely optimistic colour that we associate with rejuvenation, new life and optimism and what better place than the kitchen, probably the room most buzzing with activity, to add some green accessories.
From retro herb pots such as these that would look equally at home on a traditional cottage garden window sill as they would in an all white contemporary kitchen.
And if contemporary is your thing, and it’s certainly mine, then just take a look at this amazing kettle & toaster combo. Wow, and double wow, I need these now. Designed by the people at Bugatti, they combine super stylish looks with great functionality.
Kid’s Bedroom Ideas
Kid’s like the rest of us love the happy vibe that spring green has and, therefore, it’s no surprise that two of my most popular posts on kid’s bedrooms have had a big smile inducing green element.
Your hearts were melted by our little dino friends in this adorable bedroom set by next. Again, there are great practical elements, the curtains have blackout linings and the trendy storage boxes make the end of the day tidy up that much more bearable.
What can I say about this bed below? Is it a tent? Is it a bed? Well actually it’s both and isn’t it awesome? During the day, kid’s can lift the awning and have all sorts of imaginary outdoor adventures. Come bedtime, what better place for them to snuggle down in but their own tent bed? Genius idea.
Spa Like Calm in the Bathroom
Spring green has a timeless appeal, being soothing or stimulating depending on the look you’re after, and actually I think this characterful towel collection from Orla Kiely is both. They are have a bright bold, stimulating contemporary design, and what’s more soothing than wrapping yourself in a supersized bath towel after a long, unwinding soak?
Easy on the eye and soft on the skin, sounds like a win win scenario to me. This bold colour combo also beautifully illustrates how clean, fresh bright white always offsets spring green beautifully. An ideal look for your modern bathroom, and a great purse friendly update too.
Needless to say, any shade of green is absolutely at home in the garden. From the fresh spring green we have just looked at through to more vibrant tones. Particularly so, I think if your space is limited.
Just look how well this bright green table and lounge chair amplify their natural green surroundings, echoing nature in a fresh, contemporary way. I could definitely see myself taking five here, with a good book and a glass of something soothing.
And finally, it came as a complete surprise as I was researching green ‘bits & pieces’ for this post to find out that green, or more specifically ‘Greenery’ is the Pantone* colour of the year 2017.
There you go, always one step ahead of the curve, or at least my lovely readers we all like to be up there with the latest trends don’t we? But we’ve always know this. Great stuff and I’d love to know about how you use green, leave a comment, or drop me a line.
- What is the Pantone Colour of the Year? Pantone is ‘the’ industry standard colour matching system. Each year a colour is chosen that Pantone feels reflects the mood and attitude of consumers. The on-trend colour of the year.
Feature Image Source: John Lewis