Celebrate the best of nature with these favourite greens!
The dominant colour in nature, green, blended from blue and yellow, is often used to represent birth, growth, rejuvenation, balance and harmony. Green is easy on the eye, cool, restful and is the "anchor" of the garden providing a foil for fruit and flowers. In the home, deep hues have traditionally been used in studies and libraries, with light, bright hues in kitchens. Green is said to encourage moderation in behaviour and vitality in people who are tired or sick.
Green is, however, a complex and immensely varied colour group – in isolation it can be difficult to decide whether a green is cool or warm. It is much easier to see "warmness" or "coolness" if there are two options to compare. For example, a deep green room with rich autumn coloured curtains, terracotta lounge suite and ochre-yellow carpet, glows with warmth and vibrancy. In contrast, a slighter brighter green used in a well-lit south facing room accented with cobalt blue, turquoise and white will be reminiscent of water and sky and be perceived as cold.
The addition of blue to green creates turquoise, a colour that transforms an ordinary item or room into something very special – like Eastern glazed ceramic pottery. To add another dimension to green, add yellow and brown to create golden greens like olive, khaki, avocado and spicy coriander – earthy, muted, elegant and just a touch masculine. Crisp them up with white or cream, contrast with navy and gold, or enrich with deep maroon reds.
Green is ancient – deep fir-green was common in the Georgian era, pea-green in the 18th century, bottle green in the Victorian age, eau-de-nil in the 1930's and lime in the 1960's. Today, green is modern, reflecting our concern for ecology, our hopes for the future and the new generation. The new greens of pale pistachio, rich aquamarine and burnt lime open up new decorating options.
Regardless of the green you choose you can be confident that it will suit all seasons, bringing a little nature and harmony into your everyday built environment.
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