Use Green Like Mother Nature Does To Create A Spring-Fresh Look You’ll Love Year-Round

Three Tips For Getting Green Right

Mother Nature knows her stuff when it comes to decorating with green (although, sadly, she’s been hiding her talents from us over the long cold winter). Here’s how to translate some of her best techniques into green you’ll love to live with all year.

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Mood board by Carol Standil Colour & Design

1. Find an inspiration. Creating a colour scheme is not only easier from a jumping off point, it’s also a lot more fun.

Image via Crateandbarrel.com

While you could use a solid item such as the sofa as your jumping off point, it doesn’t offer much by way of clues for where to go next.

The floor runner, the artwork, or the fabric swatch at the far right of the mood board above would all make great starting points for a colour scheme because they each contain several different colours, all inspired by nature, that can help you create the perfect palette.

Image from Duralee.com

2. Clash a little.

Yup. What makes nature so perfect is that it’s not perfect. Mother Nature knows that all greens look good together and she mixes them with confidence.

Use your inspiration piece as a starting point to layer multiple shades of green into your space, but think mix rather than match.

You still want to create a balanced palette, but tossing in one slightly clashing element will help make your space more interesting.

3. Keep the envelope neutral and soft.

Image source: Better Homes and Gardens via Pinterest

Mother Nature uses lots of saturated green in her spaces, but she’s got a lot higher ceilings than you do, and a lot more space.

When bringing green indoors, one secret for creating a perfect balance that you’ll be able to live with for the long term is to keep the walls and larger elements more muted. This can help to create some of the sense of space that’s found in nature.

Try painting the walls in a soft neutral colour with a slight green undertone, rather than with an actual green. And consider a sofa in a greenish beige or khaki.

Limit stronger shades of green to artwork or accessories you can easily change out.

For those of us in Manitoba, decorating the interiors of our homes with green can provide a welcome and healthy visual relief from the white landscape that greets us outside our homes for several months each year.

If you want help to create the perfect green palette for your home, contact us to book a Colour and Decor Consultation.

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4 thoughts on “Use Green Like Mother Nature Does To Create A Spring-Fresh Look You’ll Love Year-Round

  1. Livia

    I love fresh greens. Excellent advice to keep the envelope neutral to let the green pop! I have so much green inspiration in my head now… 🙂

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  2. Laura Brzegowy

    Great post, Carol. I really love the suggestion of adding one slightly clashing element to make your space more interesting. That takes me a bit out of my comfort zone and I thank you for that!

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    1. Carol Standil Post author

      Thanks, Laura. Janice Lindsay calls it the wrong that makes it right. I love the idea of making something perfect, and then making it more perfect, and more interesting, by “tilting” it a little bit. It’s a bit like the gap in Lauren Hutton’s teeth — the imperfection that might have derailed her career helped to make her career.

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