Happy St Patricks Day!!
Green seems to be having a moment again, but not just any shade of green. Here’s which greens are hot, and which are not. Because when you are trying to purchase decor and furnishings off-the-shelf, it’s way easier to decorate with a hue that’s hot.
In 2012, I arrived in the home of a Millennial for a consultation. I pulled out the standard greens that I’d been specifying for over 10 years and she wrinkled her nose and said:
“Could I see something mintier?”
Alert, Alert, Alert! I’m sorry, but no one had EVER asked me for a mint green in my 12-year colour career at that point. In fact, I went out of my way to make sure the greens I specified were nowhere close to minty.
After all, it had not been an ‘IT’ colour since the 80s.
But, mint green had just been all over the runways in fashion and that’s how a new colour often comes back on the scene.
On the Runway in Spring 2012
Which greens are you into?
Earlier this week I did a little poll on my Instagram stories and here are some of the comments I received:
“My son remodelled his kitchen and painted the walls a mint green. I didn’t really like it, but it was about 7 years ago and he was young and in the know. It did turn out great.”
“Hunter, emerald, forest for my home. I love other greens too but in different settings.”
“Having a REALLY hard time finding rugs in an avocado shade!”
“I think more people are into greens now that the love for plants has exploded.”
So before you get all worked up and say, “Hey, Maria, I thought you said colour is way more timeless than a trendy neutral?” That is STILL true.
Colour done well is ALWAYS timeless. Having said that, colour also takes turns having its moment in the spotlight.
Pink and Forest Green
What about pink and forest green? When pink arrived on the scene in the last few years it was called Millennial pink because that generation hadn’t grown up with it (just like mint green) like us older ones, so they loved it.
Then Forest green came back. Three years ago I was on a popular home decor site and noticed that forest green was on several of their ‘in stock and ready to ship’ sofas, and I thought, “No way, is it REALLY going to be the new charcoal sofa?
But as I mentioned in this trends post, it did a pivot and cognac took over.
Many of my clients still love the warmer, yellow-greens. But as this colour takes a back seat, it’s getting harder and harder to find off-the-shelf pillows, chairs and area rugs in this shade of green.
However, it’s truly been in for almost 20 years, as long as I have been in this colour world. The last time this shade of green was trendy was the 70’s. In my early 30’s when I would pull it out and show it to anyone over the age of 50, they would say “Oh no, I hate that green”.
Let’s not forget sage green. It was the trendy neutral, aka. sofa of the 90s. That shade of green is back again as well. Dirtier and more muted than the kelly or emerald greens, AND it’s bluer too.
Via Alex Jane
Muted, softer greens are having a big moment, including olive greens. However, the trending olives are not the kind that lean into yellow mossy tones. They are earthy, but not golden. And let’s just acknowledge how unexpectedly huge the green cabinets trend is. Deep muted green cabinets are everywhere.
Green Area Rugs
My team and I were discussing area rugs on our weekly zoom call and the subject of green rugs came up.
In general, we have found that green area rugs are hard to find in ANY shade. However, one of my talented colour designers has a business where she imports carpets from Turkey and she offered up some good insight:
“The Turkish and other central Asians were nomadic and when they made their rugs they wanted to use colours more rich and different than what they saw around them in nature. Then when they became Muslim it was Muhammad’s favourite colour so they didn’t want it to be walked on. More likely to be used for a prayer rug.
I wanted a green rug from Turkey and looked the whole three years we were there. Only modern ones had it and it was sagey green floral leaves. made for foreign markets.”
Here’s the point of my point.
Decorating with current colours is much easier and less expensive because you can find way more items, off-the-shelf.
Decorating with your favourite green will ALWAYS be timeless for you because you love it and it’s happy. However it’s important to be aware that if you’re decorating with a hue that doesn’t happen to be HOT right now, you will have a very hard time finding retail pieces in that colour. Now you need custom pillows and drapes, for example.
But green remains a favourite. In our modern age, we all crave MORE outdoors, not LESS. And, the green movement is bigger than ever. So I suspect green will continue to be hot, and when the muted, cooler-toned greens and olives of the moment no longer look new, your spring leaf tip and avocado yellow-based greens will definitely be back.
Over to you my lovelies, which green is your favourite? If you are decorating with yellow greens (as I still am on my outdoor deck for example) are you having a hard time finding home decor items?
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