The psychology of colour – balance and harmonise your home with green
The colour of nature, green is a refreshing colour which has the abilities to bring harmony and balance to your home. Associated with reassurance, peace and rest it's the ideal colour for creating a calm ambience in any room.However, used incorrectly and it can be perceived as bland and boring, but that makes it the perfect accent colour to invigorate and coordinate with many other base colours, including neutrals.
Our love of nature also inspires us to use green in our homes, combined with the eco-awareness green is now seen as a 'must have' colour to show that we care for our planet and want to make a contribution to lowering our carbon footprint. Read on to find out ways to use green whatever style of home you live in.
Green in the Kitchen:
Bright and zingy, zesty lime green is a fabulous way to inject colour into a contemporary kitchen. Alternatively the darker sage greens are ideal for both modern and traditional styled homes. Think along the lines of green fruit and vegetables to gauge the depth and vibrancy you want – lime, apple, cucumber, cabbage and the like!
Green in the Dining Room:
Family mealtimes should be peaceful affairs that spark conversation and interest in others, with green's natural ability to create an ambience of calm it's a great colour choice for the dining room. Team it wit soft creams for a more traditional style or spic-up meal times by using it as an accent to red or orange.
Green in the Living Room:
Creating an atmosphere of reassurance green is ideal in any style of living room, whether it be formal or casual. Use the darker shades for green curtains, such as fern or racing green to create a traditional Regency style or liven your living room up and use it as an accent to modern greys. For a softer, gentler look apple green and pink work well together creating a beautiful colour combination for Shabby Chic or country cottage motifs. For a chic Hollywood scheme try mint green with a dash of shocking pink!
Green in the Bedroom:
The peaceful and calming effects green has on the mind makes it an ideal choice of bedrooms. The softer, paler tones work well with neutrals while the deeper shades are perfect for large bedrooms, making them feel more intimate and cosy.
Green in Children's Rooms:
As green is a primary colour it is perfect for use in children's rooms. Team it with other primary colours of red and blue to create a winning colour scheme that's bright and cheerful. Opt for mid or paler shades of green if you want to create a more calming and peaceful space for your child.
Green in the Office:
If you need a strong sense of balance or need to have a clear head to tackle finances and accounting in your office then use green décor and/or accessories. A bright saturated green will help to stimulate the mind, a low-saturation green will help soothe it.