Your green bedroom & living room questions answered
Green – the colour of nature, of harmony, of clear minds, of calm thoughts. Whether it’s deep and dramatic forest greens (à la dark Green 06 paint) that have caught your fancy, rich and wholesome olive green paint (Green 05, we’re looking at you) or the goodness of spring greens (hello Green 01 and Green 07 wall paint), green is always going to make a room feel balanced and grounding. Considering joining the green scene? Get the lowdown from Lick’s colour consultant, Vanessa, as she answers five of the questions she gets asked most of all when it comes to decorating with green.
Q: Is green a good match for a home office / study?
A: “Having green in your home office is always a great idea. Being in the middle of the spectrum, it’s more than a neutral but it’s not so strong in presence that it dominates a space. Ask yourself what direction your home office faces and consider how much natural light is coming into the room to help you find your perfect green, but as a general rule of thumb, softer greens are a home office’s best friend, be it sage green paint or olive. Both have a mellowness to them that will help you concentrate but to still feel relaxed too, keeping stress levels down low. Take a look at Green 01 and sage green wall and furniture paint Green 02 as a good place to start.”
Q: Which greens works with dark and light woods?
A: “Green is a godsend for pairing with natural woods from oak to darker, walnut-like finishes. Let’s take the latter to begin with which works really well with a rich, opulent green. I’d naturally pair dark wooden floors with a deep emerald along with brass detailing on any furniture and accessories, and you’ll strike that contemporary-classic note. But if you have a lighter wood floor like oak or mango wood, go for a mid-range green or something softer still. The green acts as a backdrop so that the focus is more on the wood’s natural character and grain. These greens almost let wood show off its stuff.”