Green is in this year

Colours play a very important role in the way we feel. Used properly, colours can instantly play a vital part in our mood. Green is a favourite with decorators because of its versatility.

Sustainability is the mantra of the current millennium and with it the expression “going green.” On a more literal level, the colour green is “in” this year. Decorators in the West are calling emerald green the hottest hue of the year.

Green’s most important property as a colour on the colour wheel is the fact that it’s a naturally neutral tone. From the time we were children, we have learned that “yellow and blue make green.” Now, as adults, we see blue as a cool component and yellow as a warm one.

Green is a favourite with decorators because of its versatility. For example, it varies from a gentle springtime green to a bright lime green. This allows for a range from inspiring to invigorating. Emerald green speaks of opportunity and power. Like emerald itself, it conveys lavishness.

There used to be a time when green was considered too bright. Now with the matchbox apartments where many rooms do not permit any light to enter, things have changed. A room that does not get a lot of, or any, sunlight can be made bright using green with a strong yellow component.

On the contrary, rooms which are naturally bright will show better with a strong blue or very light grey tint.

Colours play a very important role in the way we feel. Used properly, colours can instantly play a vital part in our emotions or psychological mood.

Psychologists observe that colours impact people’s behaviour. It is no wonder then that green, which is the easiest on our eyes, has the most positive effect on our behaviour and moods.

Given green’s capacity to be warm or cool (yellow tinge brightening a room and blue tinge darkening it), it can contrast well with both warm and cool colours.  It is important, though, to pair the contrasting colours well.

As always, you need not start by painting your walls green. You can bring the colour into your space through an accessory or a piece of furniture. If a green coloured sofa seems abhorrent to you, consider a green lamp. It will improve the mood in the room.

Do you recall the Nineties when forest green was the rage? It is back in vogue when paired with grey.

It is now referred to as plant green and can be paired with a complementary red colour as part of the theme. Apple green, moss green and botanical green are other colours which permit a seamless transfer from indoors to outdoors. Whatever green you choose, going green is definitely the right road to decor.

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