Spring is synonymous with abundance of plant life, burgeoning buds, explosion of new tender foliages... Surrounded by all this new life, we get a surge of energy to do spring cleaning, gardening and rearranging of our homes.
With spring, we associate the colour green. It is one of the most fascinating colours, that has been loaded with symbolism throughout history, some contradicting from culture to culture and from period to period. Peaceful colour it may be, but it is charged with life; it is love and envy at the same time; fertility in one culture and death in another; sacred in one and pagan in another.
Take Renaissance artist, Jan van Eick, who painted the bride's dress in 'Giovanni Arnolfini and His Bride' in a striking fern green to symbolise fertility. And there were others, the Celts believed the Green Man to be God of Fertility; there are references of people wearing green in paradise according to the Quran; the leprechaun of the Green Isle is none other than green in colour.
In modern times, to be green is to be ecological and environmentally caring. It is also accepted as the colour of good health, relaxation, balance and refreshing. We associate green with hope so operating rooms in hospitals are painted in green. Driving a hybrid car, recycling trash, improving health habits, and conserving energy and natural resources is all part of our new Green movement.
The darker in tone you get, the more sophisticated and sexy it feels (yes sexy!). Imagine racing green velvet sofa in your living room or emerald green drapery in your bedroom. The lighter and closer to yellow you get, it feels fresh and inviting. A chartreuse green chair in a child's bedroom feels playful and warm. A basket of limes on a white marble kitchen top looks crisp and soothing to the eye. The house plants or cut green foliage in a vase adds so much 'life' to any interior.
Remembering my sessions with my energy healer, Imogen, green chakra is the colour of the heart representing love (in the larger sense) and a sense of responsibility. But because it is the heart, it has a dual aspect - the hot and cold sides of emotions. In the context of interior design, I love using green but moderately, remembering that it is a powerful colour and has the duality. As with all the colours I work with, I like to mix green with other hues and shades to bring harmony and balance in a space, juggling the cool and the warm sides.
If you love green and would like to get more inspirations on green interiors, take a look at my Pinterest board titled "Luscious Green!".
ARE YOU THINKING OF DECORATING YOUR BEDROOM?
I would love to sleep in this bedroom, wouldn't you? It has visual interest without being over stimulating.
ARE YOU THINKING OF DECORATING YOUR LIVING ROOM?
With emphasis on visual interest, this scheme was created for a sophisticated feel mixing patterns and complementing hues. It contains many design/designer elements that add to the story of the space.
Green is versatile as colour. It can be used to achieve a modern look, a traditional look steeped in history, a tropical or seaside feel, a playful or a elegant space. It is therapeutic and gives life to an interior, so there will be at least some green in all my interiors, be it in the form of a plant or as a design element. It is what I consider a truly passe-partout colour!