Design that will leave others green with envy
And as our colour of the month, we can’t wait to share some inspiration to help you add a dash of green to your home.
Green is a designer’s dream – think botanicals, house plants, tropical prints and shades that range all the way from lime and avocado to emerald, aqua and turquoise.
This wealth of choice could easily leave you a little baffled when trying to work out how to use it as part of your colour scheme.
However, one of the best ways to begin when designing a room - whatever colour you choose - is to make a mood board.
This tool is used by interior designers to shape what a room may look like before opting for a final scheme.
To make your own mood board simply get a large sheet of cardboard and stick on anything that inspires you for your chosen project. That could be images from magazines, paint charts, fabric samples or even words and feelings. When all of these elements are grouped together it will help you explore the kinds of textures and colours you love while giving you a much clearer idea of what works together and what doesn’t.
When creating your mood board, it’s also useful to look at a colour wheel to work out which colours could provide an accent to lift your design. These additional colours don’t necessarily need to be reflected in the paintwork, but could influence your choice of cushions, curtains, furniture, photo frames and so on.
Green’s complementary colour is red. However, it's also worth looking at the three colours which are equal distance from each other on the wheel as these will sit well together while providing plenty of contrast.
If you choose to go this route, you can confidently combine green with purple and orange to achieve a vibrant look.
Alternatively, you can choose what is known as an analogous combination of up to five colours that are next to each other on the wheel to create a more calming feel.
For example, if you are using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ you might combine yellow (Tilton), yellow-green (Firle), green (Amsterdam Green), blue-green (Florence), and blue (Napoleonic Blue) somewhere within your scheme.
At Little Gems Interiors we stock the full range of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ and wall paint which work fantastically indoors, outdoors, on furniture and more.
Here are a few of our favourite green shades in the Annie Sloan range:
Amsterdam Green - A deep, dark green which works particularly well with whites and creams, botanical imagery and plants. It also looks brilliant with earthy yellows and reds and can make a great backdrop to cool blues.
Antibes Green - This bright emerald green Chalk Paint™, can be found in the neoclassical palette and is also reminiscent of rustic country furniture from Ireland and the south of France.
Olive - a traditional khaki green found in fine classically painted and lacquered furniture, as well as rustic country pieces.
When it comes to adding the final touches to your décor, take a look at our online store for plenty of green inspiration such as this beautiful eucalyptus cushion or this stylish green bubble pitcher.