Go green - and you don't even have to recycle!

I hope you are not expecting me to lecture you about the benefits of recycling! I am all for it (and even considering trying the OLIO app - a.k.a. the food sharing revolution!) but this is an interiors website so prepare to be swooned over by some pretty powerful greens: The greens of lush velvet sofas, the amazonian greens in wallpapers to blow you and your friends AWAY and much much more!

The psychology of green

Back in 2013 when Pantone announced that emerald green was their colour of the year, colour psychology expert Karen Haller gave a sigh of relief. Not being one to follow by short-lived trends, Karen's advice is to make sure you use colours only if they resonate with you. In other words, YOU are going to live in your home, so before you go and start painting walls green, make sure the tone and even the colour feels right to YOU. Karen's tip: if you are using greens with blue undertones in a room that receives little natural light it may make the room feel even colder.

Which room would it be suitable for?

Green is the colour of growth, life, prosperity. Being equally a luxurious colour (emeralds anyone?) means that it's a great colour to have around the living room and I could not think of a better way to use it that on furniture. Three words here: Green velvet sofa. Can I hear some heavy breathing? Get extra points when you combine it with green wallpaper. Lush!

For a similar sofa try the Scott by Made.com

Clockwise: Plato by Yoshizawa via Feathr.com; Nana in green and pink by Justina Blakeney via LinoLuna; Firefly by Yuexin Du via Feathr.com; Daydream by Julia Rothman via Linoluna; Star Collision via Papermoon; and Troop by House of Hackney

How to combine green

By far the most stylish way to combine a deep emerald green colour is with black and white - stripes or checks. Seriously, this colour combo just oozes luxury. Green will also look great when combined with pink, and I have dedicated a whole board on Pinterest on this.

Where to avoid green

Feel free to bring in lots of green in any room. Having said that, be careful of lime green in the bedroom - the yellow undertones might feel too much when you're looking for a good night's sleep. Instead, how about pretty pastels and washed out linen bedding?

#decorate #stylingtips

Based in London,  United Kingdom,  Jenny Kakoudakis is the founder, 

creative director and writer behind Seasonsincolour.com

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