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How to use 2017’s Pantone colour: Greenery

We love 2017’s Pantone colour – this optimistic yellow-green is perfect for refreshing your home décor. For interior colour inspiration, check out our expert tips and advice on how to use this calming shade at home

Pic Right: Farrow & Ball

Transform a room by painting walls

The great thing about Greenery is that it has a touch of yellow in it, meaning it will make all rooms, particularly living spaces and bedrooms, feel light and bright, however much (or little) daylight they receive. And, because it’s a reflective colour, it will make even light-starved or tiny rooms feel spacious and welcoming. So, use a matt paint on the walls, pairing it with deeper shades of green and naturals with touches of aubergine for a relaxed feel, or with black, navy and white for a smart finish.

Add Greenery with wallpaper

If colour-blocking isn’t your thing or if you want to add interest to all-green walls, there are tons of wallpapers – particularly on-trend foliage-inspired designs – in the perfect shade of green. Use it in panels, in alcoves or on a chimney breast of living rooms and bedrooms to create a feature wall that oozes interest. Or, put it behind a clear-glass splashback in a kitchen, or choose a wipeable design for behind a roll top bath – assuming you don’t have kids who make bath time a splash-fest.

Put Greenery at the windows

Whether you’re going for green on walls and at the windows – or just want to add a splash of colour with window dressings – get your shutters colour-matched with us to exactly the right shade. Perfect for creating a relaxed atmosphere in a bedroom, this shade for shutters will look cool in contemporary and country kitchens, too.


Splash on colour with upholstery

You don’t need to decorate a neutral or all-white room to create a dramatic transformation: simply re-upholster a sofa or armchair in a bold green. Velvet is very fashionable at the moment and looks gorgeous in Greenery. On a budget? Re-cover your sofa or armchair with a large throw in this beautiful shade.

Take a paintbrush to furniture

If you want a quick, affordable transformation, why not paint a piece of furniture in green? Painting a cabinet in a hallway, a wardrobe in a kid’s bedroom or even previously plain dining chairs can create a contemporary new look that will only take a couple of hours to complete.

Be bold in the bathroom

Greenery is the perfect shade for a bathroom, especially if matched with natural tones to create a warm but smart look. For best effect, don’t go all green. Instead, take a paintbrush to the underside of a roll top bath, match the shade with patterned towels, add a house plant or two… even shop for green toiletries.

Use accessories to refresh your rooms

If your rooms are plain and neutral, adding a few pops of colour in accessories, such as rugs, table settings, cushions, bedlinen and paintings is a no-effort approach that can make a dramatic difference. Start subtly, layering the scheme until you have the balance just right.

Add natural green with foliage

It only takes a houseplant – or even some faux foliage – to add a very effective touch of Greenery to a plain room. While you’re on the case, clear windowsills of clutter, and fold back your shutters to show off the garden, blurring the green boundary between indoors and out.

February 10, 2017