It’s no secret that colour holds the key to decorating success. It has the power to magically pull seemingly unsuited components into pleasing harmony and, more than any other single decor element, it sets the mood for an entire scheme. Let’s look at Forest Green as a choice for your home.
The hues we choose in our homes reflect more than just their architectural or designer assets — they reveal essential clues about their occupants, too. With this in mind, we asked Plascon Colour Manager Anne Roselt to reveal her hottest (and coolest) colours for 2015, all handpicked from this year’s Plascon Colour Forecast, which is on show at Decorex Cape Town in April. We’ll be revealing these shades over the next six weeks…
Green in all its countless variations has been one of the most prevalent colours in the history of decoration. This particular dark, deep and brooding shade first gained popularity when it was used for Georgian paneling in interiors that called for both elegance and calm, like libraries and drawing rooms. Today, the intense and dramatic green shade that brings to mind the foliage of lush rainforests can be used to build everything from an opulent interior to a crisp, modern style.
When used in abundance on walls, floors and ceilings for statement effect, an all-green room will never be dull or discordant. This specific shade of the colour is especially useful for creating warmth and intimacy in large rooms, or those with high ceilings. In these cases, an interplay of finishes, such as matt and glossy surface applications that reflect and absorb light, will enliven a scheme and stop it becoming oppressive.
Just as all shades of green look are pleasingly on the eye in nature, they harmonise effortlessly in interiors, too. And this deeply saturated version of the colour is no exception. Lift its darkness with layers of bright apple and lime or bring a little high-contrast tomato red into the mix for a touch of folk-art cheer. Alternatively, mix the shade with others of equal intensity to pick out its malachite undertone — think scarlet, crimson and sienna for a touch of jewel-box richness (add plush fabrics, such as velvet and chenille, and a smattering of metallic accents for a luxurious finish).
However, the best antidote to this shade of green becoming overbearing is, surprisingly, white. Crisp, clear white brings a strong contrast to the deep-toned hue that accentuates its richness and offers a classic colour combo.
Try: Plascon Jungle Adventure (G3-E1-1)
We’ll be bringing you a 6-part ‘Breaking the colour code’ series, packed full of décor ideas. The other colours coming up over the next 5 weeks are: