Green is known for its therapeutic effect, symbolising serenity, balance and rejuvenation. Here’s a snapshot of this beneficial palette.
“Green’s link to nature means it’s naturally healing and nurturing,” says Anne Roselt, Plascon’s Global Colour Manager, who has a diploma in Colour Therapeutics for Interiors. She explains how to harness its benefits in your home.
What are the therapeutic benefits of decorating with green?
Green is a great balancing colour. If a colour scheme doesn’t seem to be working, adding a few green plants has the surprisingly simple effect of unifying everything.There are many shades of green, but all do not have the same positive qualities. Beware of dirty shades of yellow-green, which can make you feel a bit nauseous! Instead, select shades that remind you of the start of spring, or muted, soft greens like sage. Greens from the forest and jungle all have wonderful, positive qualities.
What are the effects of the different shades on one’s mood?
Green Heart (Y7-B1-2) and Kiwi Salad (Y7-A1-2) remind us of the first signs of spring and signify growth and renewal. They’re bright and energising. Ridge (G5-E1-3) is more of a muted green. This darker shade is restful on the eye and will help you achieve a serene mood.
What supplementary colours would you recommend when decorating with this colour?
Green really is nature’s neutral and, as in nature, almost all colours can be used with it. Green’s complementary colour is red: it balances and enhances green. (Just think of a red rose and its green stem.) A tint of red is pink, and pink and green is also a beautiful combination. Purple and green is a favourite of mine and their successful pairing is evident in this story with Vancouver Dusk (P2-D1-2). There is a saying that “blue and green should never be seen”, but that’s definitely no longer the case.
Which shade is best suited for different life stages?
Pastel shades of green, such as pale jade, are perfect for a baby’s room where you don’t want to be gender-specific. Green’s link to nature has been growing as a trend for many years, which means there’s an abundance of greens available. From bright apple green to dark emerald green, and from blue-greens that remind us of the ocean to military green, there’s a shade that will appeal to everyone, at every life stage.
WORDS: AMELIA BROWN
MODEL: EMILY HARLEY
FASHION: MARI GROENEWALD
HAIR AND MAKE-UP: DIANNE FROM GLOSS ARTIST MANAGEMENT
PAINTER: DEON JULIES