Diana Valentine, award-winning blogger, interiors stylist, and owner of interiors concept store home-lust.com writes on her favourite ways of decorating with green…
Above Left: Pastel-perfect ceramics from Broste Copenhagen, available in Ireland from selected retailers, against a frosty green background. Above Right: Large glazed terracotta floor vase, home-lust.com
Green, this rich, omnipresent nature colour comes a myriad of marvellous shades, and each one makes a big difference when applied to your interiors. When it comes to greens, interior palettes usually fall into these three camps: fresh, rich or zesty. So which kind of green are you?
If you opt for the cool, fresh side of the green palette, use minimalist pastel accessories and add seasonal plants or warming floral motifs. Should the sophisticated, sultry side of the spectrum appeal to you, pair with lively bursts of primal and neon colours for best effect. Finally, if you are looking for a green to match your playful personality, go for the brighter lime and mustard shades to preserve that lively holiday feel into your home all year-long.
Not ready to paint those walls just yet? Dip your toes into the green trend with accents and accessories in flamboyant teals and opulent emerald shades. They will work themselves perfectly into any white, neutral and grey backgrounds, and will make quite a design statement this year.
Above Left: Living green decor inspiration from Danish brand Nordal Interiors, available in Ireland through selected retailers. Above Right: Authentic artisanal Morroccan bedspread, dar-sol.com
There is no escaping plants this year, and, really, who doesn’t want a peaceful, cosy corner filled with luxurious plants in their abode? Or perhaps you want to go a step further and create your own urban jungalow with some fab ferns and monstrous monsteras? If so, don’t be afraid to bring bigger plants inside. Indoor citrus trees bring height, colour and texture in, and they can enliven a space like no other living green. Use tall figs and easy-care yuccas as space dividers and enjoy the extra-clean air. (see a list of greenery stockists below)
If your inner gardener has failed you in the past, and are afraid to embark on yet another inadvertent killing spree, there are always home textiles to play with. The best decorative accents of all, sumptuous, chic fabrics are all the rage this season. Shop for jewel tones and textured textiles with bohemian adornments and wow your guests with your exotic finds, such as the Moroccan bedspread (image: above right).
Above: A calming interior garden from Dutch interiors brand HK Living, available in Ireland through selected retailers.
Shopping for your plants is a bit more complicated than adding items to your online shopping cart, so the best thing to do is talk to a specialist in your local florist or garden centre. Look for air-cleaning indoor plants, survivalist succulents, and hardy perennials for balconies and conservatories.
Here is a list of boutique florists, independent garden centres and plant-care blogs where you can get the best green-fingered advice, buy your plants and source some pretty pots for your new green project:
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