A generous splash of green

Last Updated 30 March 2017, 18:35 IST

Pantone, the famous New Jersey company known for its proprietary colour space has declared ‘greenery’ as the colour of the year for 2017. Tony Bopaiah, head — brand & product, Homestudio.com says, “The colour green is considered the most restful one that can be used in various environments. Shades of green can be used in various ways in any corner of the room to create a sense of tranquillity and calm. Brighter shades can be used in a space to uplift a mood, while more muted tones can create a mood that is more subdued.”

Decor thoughts
If you thought it was hard to incorporate green in your home, think again. Simply playing around with vivid furnishings to fashion home interiors that replicate a
natural atmosphere is all that you need. Instead of painting the walls green,
furniture and accessories such as artwork, cushions, sofa upholstery, can have a hint of various shades to add a different dimension to the overall colour scheme of the room.

“This season, revamp your home decor by adding fluffy cushions and tube pillows on couches or rug seating, in  creamy luscious shades of lime, aqua, teal and
avocado green to make a palatable range of linen drenched in a fresh mood. Add crisp white linen with beautiful green stripes and light floral designs adding a twist of welcoming shades. These tantalising, trendy shades of aqua green and lime give a youthful and serene look to the living rooms. The variations of green, also known for kindling vigour and hopes, are enrapturing and can be adeptly adorned on classy home interior products like curtains, bedsheets, bed cover sets, duvet covers, comforters and micro bead pillows to kitchenware like coffee mugs and coasters to other bathroom accessories,” says Sonam Gupta, design head, Tangerine.

The enticing and calming view of nature can be captured indoors to create the
rustic, natural green forest scenes. Abhijit Roy, MD & CEO, Berger Paints, advises, “The easiest way is to use pot plants, herbs and spices, botanic-themed wallpaper and paint – bringing the outside, inside.

Various shades of the green colour can be used as paint for walls and accents.”
A large piece of furniture coloured in a deep green shade could anchor your living space; so, instead, add the colour on only the inside of the piece.

“Similarly, the interior and doors of a cupboard and the space behind shelves could be painted in the shade of the accent. Green glass is another subtle way to
introduce green to your home. The translucency of glass gives a flavour of the colour without the intensity. Vertical gardens can add both beauty and utility in the kitchen space. Plants like curry, chilli, mint and even bonsai tomatoes would be ideal for this arrangement. However, be careful to ensure that the space receives plenty of sunlight for the plants to thrive,” says Anaisha Cooper, director, Spenta Corporation. So what are you waiting for? Time to turn over a green leaf!

Dos & don’ts
For bedrooms, soothing green shades like dainty touch, cucumber green, pesta green etc. are the best as they are good for the eyes.

l For kitchen, yellowy green shades are the best as they are zesty and go well with food.

l For the hall, one wall can have a bright green colour along with white or off-white shades on the other walls.

l Rooms which do not have plenty of natural lights should not have dark shades of green.

l A maximum of one to two walls can be painted in green; too much green in the interiors can ruin the aesthetics

l Dark shades of green should ideally be avoided because it will be difficult to match the upholstery, curtain and furniture with the dark shade. Also, dark shades in general makes the space look smaller.

(Published 30 March 2017, 16:15 IST)

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