As I discussed recently, when it comes to interiors, Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year Greenery can be a tricky hue to work with. Proving it’s not impossible however is Bethany James-Best of James Said who was kind enough to offer her top five expert tips on incorporating the colour into your home.
Make a statement
Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and dive right in when it comes to a strong colour trend like this one. “Go bold with this daring colour. Why not introduce a fabulous velvet arm chair in this colour and make it the feature in your space? Or paint a whole wall in it for real impact? Some of the most fabulous interiors feature bold colour and this zesty shade of green may be the pop of colour you have been looking for,” says Bethany.
“Use bold patterns in black and white and introduce Greenery as a splash of colour. We have a fabulous setting here in our showroom which features a monochromatic palette with a fabulous rug by Greg Natale,” says Bethany. The bold, black and white space is certainly elevated with a pop of vibrant green.
Give it time
As with any bold interior trend, Bethany believes that Greenery takes a little bit of getting used to. “One of our biggest recommendations when using a bold colour such as Greenery, is to give it time. You will probably be startled at first if you haven’t used such a vivid colour before. Let it digest and take some deep breaths once you have introduced it, especially if you have committed to painting your walls or introducing it in a big ticket item, such as a rug or a sofa. Let your mind adjust and get used to the colour – you chose it for a reason after all!” says Bethany.
While indoor plants have been trending for a while now, Pantone’s celebrated hue gives you even more reason to bring the outside in. “Incorporate real greenery – introduce beautiful planted tropical palms or some loose foliage on your coffee table as this will tone done the vibrancy of the green and give a more natural feel to the space. Green Hydrangeas are a personal favourite of the James Said team,” says Bethany.
Pair it with gold
“For those of you who are a little more adventures and love glamour, pair Greenery with gold. Just like the colours of Australia, green and gold look fabulous together and while this dramatic look isn’t for everyone, we can’t get enough of it. This could be as simple as introducing a splash of green foliage in a gold vase. This look works really well in interiors which feature black also as the contrast is beautiful,” says Bethany.
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I love this years colour… When I lived in the UK, the walls in my apartment down one side of my two up two down were all painted in this colour… Beautiful green vases to compliment, greenery is totally a favourite for me.
With the gold, definitely a hit for me!!!
Nadya J. says
Until I read your article, I did not realize that for me, it will be super easy to incorporate Greenery into my home design. I love house plants and I have a lot of them. And voila – I already use Greenery without much effort 🙂 Now, I will double down on it and will use your advice to combine my plant with gold elements. It will look a-ma-zing!
Thanks for the tips!
Amy Collins Walker says
You’re welcome Nadya J. Glad to be of assistance!
Very nice and inspring decoration ideas. I will definitely give it a try.
Debra Harcourt says
I have recently moved into a town house with the same colour green feature wall. I love seeing how you have decorated the space. I saw a documentary on Peggy Guggenheim and her art gallery in Venice. At the time it was painted this colour!