Spotlight On a Current Trend: Green Everything
Whether it’s a reaction to months of being
penned up indoors or the increased emphasis on being environmentally friendly, the
color green is having a moment. Humans have an innate need for the great
outdoors; fresh air and green plants make us feel good. And in our
overwhelmingly digital worlds, our need to reconnect with nature – or even just
colors that remind us of nature – is not surprising.
Whether we know it or not, humans are drawn to
what’s known as “biophilic
design”, a way of increasing our connectivity to nature through various
design conditions, such as live plants, increased natural light, water
features, use of natural materials, eco-friendly construction, and colors and
shapes found in nature. (Although its name was coined in recent history,
indicators of biophilic design have been seen in architecture from as far back
as the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.)
The Power of GreenIn color theory, green is a powerful color. It
is the color of life, associated with nature and the environment. It is thought
to have calming abilities as it is the most restful and relaxing color to look
at. It may also bring a sense of health and harmony or suggest stability and
endurance. With all this strength behind it, it’s no wonder that we want more
green in our homes.
It’s also no surprise that Interior Designers
are seeing clients who want to add more green to their color palettes. From pistachio
green used as an accent color to sage green upholstery to forest green
cabinetry, the need for green is growing!
Consider your light situation. Some greens
reflect light, while others absorb it. Before choosing a hue, think about how
much light (natural or artificial) a room gets.
How to “go green” without overdoing it
Soft, neutral shades of green are soothing
choices for wall or furniture colors. They can be calming and comforting, and
play well with other “natural” hues such as browns and blues.
Darker, more vibrant greens are a great way to
add a pop of color. Perhaps an accent wall or a powder room vanity, if you’re
wary of it being too much. Or an island or tile backsplash in the kitchen
if you want a bolder statement. (Our in-house designer,
Stacy, recommends an elongated brick or the 4x4 square in terms of shape &
Whether you choose a fresh mint hue or a lush
mossy shade, just remember that green is a powerful color. Use it wisely!