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Green continues to flourish

From Habitat plus - decorating and colour trends 2020

Just like pinks, greens too have gotten dustier – with sage, mint, olive, jade and emerald being the current favoured variations...

Tonal mint greens in a dining room

In this dining room, layers of tonal mint greens – Resene Nourish, Resene Kandinsky and Resene Aura – bring a cool freshness, while the creamy Resene Half Spanish White wall and the grain of the Resene Colorwood Whitewash floor balance out the space. The addition of leafy textures brings an invigorating and summery vibe.

Sage greens sit across from burgundy on the colour wheel. This distinction makes them complementary colours, which means the hues work well together thanks to their high contrast. As a timeless and classic colour, wine-inspired shades such as Resene Courage and Resene Salsa not only make them a great partner to on-trend sage but also a useful tool for building a look that has longevity.

Sage greens are equally suited for building tonal looks with silvery shades like Resene Helix and Resene Silver Chalice. Since tone-on-tone schemes are built on layering, the more you add, the more the whole scheme will hang together. The trick is to pick hues that complement with enough variation to keep things from becoming completely homogenous – and grey-greens like Resene Peace and Resene Secrets are particularly excellent to work with when you’re trying to create a restful space.

A bedroom spilling over with similar shades of silvery sage
A silvery sage mood board
Bedroom: This bedroom is spilling over with similar shades of silvery sage. The expansive white walls and floor in Resene Alabaster have been grounded with a unique painted headboard feature in Resene Silver Chalice, Resene Peace and Resene Helix that echoes the rectilinear shapes of the pillows. The bedside table and vase in Resene Helix and the lamp in Resene Silver Chalice carry the tones of the colour blocks from the walls into the rest of the room while the dark charcoal cushion and velvet chair break things up visually and provide an anchor to this lofty look.

Mood board: Background in Resene Alabaster, ribbed bud vase in Resene Grey Seal, tealight holder in Resene Helix and A4 drawdown paint swatches in (from top) Resene Silver Chalice, Resene Peace, Resene Alabaster and Resene Helix.

Resene Helix

Resene Peace

Resene Grey Seal

Resene Nourish

Resene Aura

Resene Colorwood Whitewash

Other colours to try with soft silver-greens are dark jewel tones such as emeralds, sapphires and amethyst such as Resene Atlas, Resene Indian Ink and Resene Purple Rain.

Resene Purple Rain

Olive green varies greatly in saturation and temperature, making it extremely versatile and giving you plenty of flexibility when decorating. Cargo or ‘army’ green, for instance, is a dustier version of olive – think Resene Waiouru or Resene New Leaf – whereas others can venture more into chartreuse territory, like Resene Untamed, or can be more of a pine tone like Resene Mother Nature. Whichever version suits you best, olive is the perfect hue to bring nature into your living space.

Warmer olives and sages look excellent together with two other on-trend tones – terracotta and blush. For a scheme that’s plugged directly into the heart of what’s hot, go for one of these winning combos below.

Brings on-trend olive to the walls of this bedroom with a botanical wallpaper
A toned down olive green colour scheme in a lounge
Bedroom: Resene Wallpaper Collection 36518-1 brings on-trend olive to the walls of this bedroom. To recreate this vibe paint a headboard and side table in Resene Karaka then layer in tonal accessories in Resene Waiouru, Resene Untamed and Resene New Leaf.  Lounge: If deep green and black is too bold a combination for your tastes, go for Resene Wallpaper Collection GLA402 and mix in rich emeralds, such as Resene Family Tree or Resene Atlas, paint doors, architraves and panelling in Resene Smoothie and add a few touches of Resene New Leaf.

Resene New Leaf

Resene Untamed

Resene Mother Nature

Resene Family Tree

Resene Smoothie

Winning combinations to try:

Resene Bubble N Squeak

Resene Sunbaked

Resene Soulful

Resene New Leaf

Resene Smoothie

Resene Ethereal

Jade and emerald greens have a sultry, worldly value to them that’s intrinsically tied to nature. They’re timeless in every respect and work beautifully when complemented by other natural elements and neutral tones. What we also love about these shades is how multi-purpose they are; you’ll find them suitable for everything from joinery to walls, furniture to accessories.

A jade and emerald coloured study space

They’re also surprisingly gender neutral, leaving no definite sense of masculine or feminine – because they hold the perfect balance of both. It might seem an unusual way to think about colour trends this way, but there are key times when a room that appeals to as many people as possible is important. A shared office or den, for example, needs to be a space that’s inviting and comfortable for whoever needs it.

With a quick change of artwork, this space can subtly shift from a ‘she-den’ to a ‘he-den’ or a ‘we-den’.

This lush emerald space with walls in Resene Mother Nature has the feel of a warm tropical jungle escape. Layers of green accessories throughout the room, from darker Resene Permanent Green and Resene Family Tree to grey-green Resene Rivergum and pale Resene Peace on the desk chair, all enhance that feeling. The delicate and streamlined design of the furniture in this space means the use of Resene Noir never becomes over-powering. The floor is finished in Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash for a relaxed, textural anchor to the room. Extra texture also comes in the leafy green plants for a look that is warm and inviting. A few small accessories in greys such as Resene Silver Chalice pull it all together to create a space that is not too warm, not too cool, but just right.

Resene Mother Nature

Resene Family Tree

Resene Peace

Resene Noir

Resene Colorwood Mid Greywash

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