KATIE CHARLESON

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An Ode to Greenery: How to use "Nature's Neutral" in your Home

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As the winter months continue & we gain small improvements in the weather and daylight, I am finding myself more and more drawn to green in all its shades.

Every year since 2000, Pantone has chosen a "Color of the Year" as " a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude." 

2017's chosen shade is "Greenery", a yellow-green that Pantone describes as "Nature's Neutral" and "a life-affirming shade... emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality."

You can be sure to keep seeing this shade across fashion, interiors and beyond throughout the year. Greenery reflects a human urge to immerse ourselves in the physical beauty of the natural world as we become more and more submerged in chaotic, urban modern life (see also: the tropical/botanicals trend which is yet to abate!)

I say bring it on and lets get back to nature!

Douglas Mackie's stunning use of green in their Marylebone project

Douglas Mackie's stunning use of green in their Marylebone project

One can use bold green inside as a bold, uplifting statement, as Douglas Mackie does here with this lush & vital colour scheme. He tops it off with the show-stopping painting, which looks like a giant emerald on the wall.

The understated grey blue of the walls and the teal of the couch lets the touches of yellow-green accessories and houseplants shine through without overpowering the space.

House of Hackney Palmeral wallpaper with Martello velvet sofa

House of Hackney Palmeral wallpaper with Martello velvet sofa

House of Hackney are the undisputed lords of pattern on pattern, and their tropical foliage prints can be applied across a range of surfaces from walls to lampshades to cushions. My favourite is their retro-styled Palmeral print which makes use of the Greenery shade & vitality of the tropical prints.

House of Hackney also do a beautiful range of British velvets, as seen on the Martello couch above. Velvet is a wonderful way to add luxurious texture & depth of colour to a room, and green velvet feels as natural and comforting as soft, forest-y moss. 

On its own,I find the shade quite difficult and even clinical- one would never chose to paint a whole wall in it. But paired with other colours it gives a bold lift; an optimistic blast of "nature's neutral" colour will add vitality to any colour way.

Pantone have a wonderful selection of colour pairings for you to take inspiration from on their website

My favourites include "Forest Floor" for a cosy, nature inspired look with subtle jewel tones that warm up the cold days. And for summer I'm looking forward to indulging in "Transitions"; a light and airy colour scheme that is pinned down with a few delicious deep, ripe blues, purples and corals. Pantone have also paired "Greenery" with "Rose Quartz" and "Serenity"- last year's colours of the year; a clever way to bring this combination up to date in 2017.

Laurel Clock Vine screen printed cushion with hand painted dyes including "Greneery", available here

Laurel Clock Vine screen printed cushion with hand painted dyes including "Greneery", available here

Here at Katie Charleson I have an ongoing love for green in all its hues. From the Palmhouse Collection with its deep racing green silk velvet reverse, to the soft eau-de-nil (literally translates as "water of the Nile") I enjoy using over and over. The colour to me brings a soothing, natural vibe, and feels luxurious without being brash or flashy. It's also my mother's favourite colour! From the bathroom to the living room to the bedroom, there isn't an area of your home that won't take a hint of green.

See more inspiring use of green interiors on this Pinterest board. Anything I've missed out or that you are excited about trying? Share your greenery inspired interiors in the comments below!