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Colour explained: everything you need to know about green paint

Living room cupboards painted in Lick Green 02 paint

WordsFrankie Marqueé


More than ever we are embracing the colour green and splashing it onto our walls. The soft finesse and beautiful drama of green is drawing everyone’s attention, making it an increasingly popular colour, pushing neutrals to the side as a result. We enjoy the comfort and the way it helps us view nature, bringing the outside in. According to Sam Bramley, our Lead Colour Consultant;

Green is one of the most restful colours for your eyes and is known to be restorative, mind-clearing and encourage composure. Making it the perfect colour for all rooms where you want calm and perspective.

Everyone’s always saying that they need more greenery in their life. So we listened. And made 19 green paint colours. Here’s how to get the most out of our 19 shades of green, to get clued up on your undertones, to learn what green best suits a north-facing room (and south for that matter), and to find meant-to-be-together, ready-made room palettes. Because, let’s be honest, choosing green is no walk in the park, but when you get it right, boy it’s like having the freshness of the park bang on your doorstep.

Let's talk undertones

Undertones are what will change up the temperature of a colour. At Lick, we use six for our greens, and you can expect them to do a little something like this to your room: 

  • Grey: in the paint industry adding grey is actually called adding a tone, so you can imagine the impact that it has on every colour. It’s going to make your room feel a bit more contemporary and a bit more crisp (depending on how much you add).
  • Blue: crisp? Go on then.
  • Blue-grey: that’s right, we merged and the result is a cool tone, but a soft one. There’s nothing stark about this undertone;
  • Yellow: get ready, things are about to get cosy and country.
  • Blue-yellow: another case of the merge. This one’s for when you want a middle-ground. Not too cool, not too warm, but (you guessed it) just right.
  • Brown: 100% warm but this is where you’ll get mega depth too.

Colour compatibility and room direction

Okay, so my room is north-facing and gets buckets of natural light. So that obviously means I need a god-knows-what sort of green. Sound familiar? People throw around room direction statements rarely with a clear conclusion as to what compass point suits what sort of colour. Until now that is. Here's what green paint we recommend for rooms with different directions...

North-facing rooms: muted and warm green paint

North-facing rooms: northern light is the coolest of the lot. It casts a blue hue. So avoid cool greens like Green 03, warm Green 04, Green 06 and Green 08. North facing rooms have a natural calm and can appear cold, so to balance, add an earthy, deep green with a yellow undertone and watch the green perform magic and comfort those vibes. Look more to Green 01 (your most muted option), Green 05 (for mega richness) and Green 07 (for your biggest colour pop).

Check out our colours for north-facing rooms.

East-facing rooms: blue and grey green paint

East-facing rooms: you’ll see a lot of change in them. Whatever green you choose will look very different whether it’s sunset or sunrise. But easterly spaces have a tendency to look a bit bluer, so undertones of blue are a good shout on the whole. Green 02, Green 03 and dark Green 04 paint – we’re looking at you.

South-facing rooms: cool and dark green paint

South-facing rooms: they have a golden glow going on and the good news is, they pretty much suit all greens. Use a cool green like Green 03, Green 06 or Green 09 and they’ll still feel modern. Sam explains;

South facing are strong in natural light, so to equal out the strength add a green with grey and blue undertones. Just be mindful that a deep green can be overwhelming if over used in south facing room, but the trick here would be to use it selectively as a feature wall.