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:

Laminate flooring and grey wall tiles in a kitchen with bright green kitchen units A white dining table and chair, with a green plaid seat pad White kitchen curtains with a green plaid trim and red apple design

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:

A very green dining room with green walls and green dining table, plus flowers in a vase on the table A dark green table cloth on a table, with white soup bowls and bottle of wine on the table Olive green eyelet curtains with a very fine geometric pattern in a light shade of green

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:

Green cushions on a grey sofa, one cushion is white and green with a zigzag striped pattern and the other is solid green dark green shaggy rug on dark wooden flooring Green pencil pleat curtains at a window in a beige 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:

Bright green bedding on metal frame double bed in a room with black and grey woodland wallpaper White and green floral bedding on a cream wooden double bed Vibrant green curtains at a window, that also has a cream roman blind with bright flower design

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:

Kids bedroom with light blue walls and bright green bed, furniture and shelves Modern kids bedroom with green and white colours throughout and a crocodile stuffed toy on the bed A vibrant and bright fabric swatch of cartoon safari and jungle animals

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:

Light green walls, with black and white stripe wallpaper and a woman sitting at a desk doing work Sage green table lamp on a white background Dark green roller blind at a window

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.

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