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Are You Getting Enough Greens (In Your Decor)?

Spinach, Celery, Olive, Avocado, Lime…

I think it is no small coincidence that green is the colour of some of our most nutritious foods. Just as we need lots of these nutritional powerhouses in our diets, adding a healthy serving of greens to your home’s interior can help boost your well-being when the days are short and cold and the landscape is gray and bleak.

This winter, I am on a campaign to encourage you to banish the winter blahs by adding more good colour to your environment.

We Found: Seven Easy Ways To Add Green To Your Home

The colour of new growth, green is optimistic and life-affirming.

And there is a reason why we never tire of looking at a green landscape: Green is easy on the eyes. In her book All About Colour, Janice Lindsay says “…our eyes can relax when they look at green because the wavelength is the perfect length to fit our eyeball. It lands smack on the retina without any focusing effort or adjustment.”

These irises are one of the first signs of life in my garden each spring. Photo: Carol Standil

These irises are one of the first things to start showing life in my yard each spring, and a welcome sight indeed! Photo: Carol Standil

Green might be nature’s perfect neutral. All greens work well together and pretty much every colour looks good against greens. How perfect is that little touch of purple in the iris buds above?

If a soft and subdued palette speaks to you, nature is ready to show you how to achieve it. Take inspiration from a favourite vacation spot or your own back yard.

Fresh green, blue green, soft sage green — all blend beautifully in nature. Image source: Pinterest

Soothing Green Room

Don’t you think this living room could have taken its inspiration from the luscious succulents above?

Mixed greens create a soft, pretty and serene living room. Image source: Pinterest

Nature can also inspire a lively and energetic colour scheme for your room. Consider your favourite summer flowers (I happen to love zinnias)…

Take inspiration from a sunny bed of zinnias. Green leaves make a stunning backdrop for the colourful flowers. Image source: Pinterest

…and translate them into a vibrant and cheerful room like this.

Vibrant Green Living Room

Enjoy summer all year when you decorate with colours pulled straight from the flower bed. Image source: Pinterest

Want to join me in my campaign to beat the winter blahs with colour?

Like my Facebook page to see a new inspirational photo each day. Join the conversation by liking, commenting and sharing posts, and by chiming in to tell us how you are adding colour to your world this winter. Use the hashtags #goodcolour, #winterneedscolour and #cravecolour.

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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.

Green: The Perfect Neutral

Tomorrow, or maybe the next day, every tree in Winnipeg will be in full leaf. For any Winnipegger lucky enough to have a treetop view from home or office, this will be like watching our city cast off a dirty brown sweat suit to reveal a dazzling green gown.

I can’t say there are many, if any, greens I don’t like, but I truly adore the fresh, vibrant greens of spring.

Having a bit of fresh green around the house is a great way to carry the optimism of spring into any season.Think green won’t work in your decor? Think again! As it turns out, green may just be the perfect neutral.

“Green is so pervasive in nature that we never question it as a background for all other surrounding colours. Contrasting with purple pansies, pink azaleas, yellow day lilies, orange marigolds or red tulips (or any other colour under the sun), leafy foliage greens are truly nature’s perfect neutral.”

— Leatrice Eiseman, Colors For Your Every Mood.

So, now that you’re liberated from the notion that your options for neutrals must always be in the beige, brown or gray families (if indeed you ever had that notion), where can you add a splash of this incredible neutral green to your home?

How about replacing a plain white lamp shade with a lush green one, instead?

Or maybe adding a green chair in a corner of the living room? (Green drapes are another dramatic choice!)

Feeling bold? Why not grab a roller and paint the floor?

If you’re looking for a more subtle approach, how about a great piece of artwork that incorporates green along with some of the other colours in your room?

Of course, you can also start by adding a beautiful houseplant to any room to enjoy a hint of springtime all year round. Plus, it’ll help clean the air and make your home healthier.

Today is Earth Day — what better time to think green?

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