• Anna Proctor

Welcome to my second post on an Eye for Colour. This one’s about dark green, a colour which happens to be having a moment but one which has a primal and timeless significance.

Deep, dark green conjure up images of fairytale forests, old Landrovers, thick glass bottles and the healthiest of vegetables. Just looking at it is good for you.

The incredible Art Director and Interior Stylist Hans Blomquist eloquently sums up his feelings towards forest green in his delicious book ‘In the mood for Colour. “My love of dark green pigments stems from being brought up close to a deep forest, which was full of moss and pine trees. It wasn’t a favourite place of mine when I was young though; then, I only wished to explore big cities and couldn’t wait to get away from the forest. But now, years later, when I am living in a large city I have come to realise how relaxing it is to spend time in the forest of my childhood. The dense colours, the silence and all the different shades of green that nature has to offer are very soothing to the eye. When I visit spaces decorated in a dark green palette, it immediately conjured up that sense of tranquility.” I can certainly relate to this, as a child used to play in woods near our house and I have the same connection to that feeling of escape and wonder that the surrounding trees provided. I'm sure many of us do.

Hans Blomquist

I was lucky enough to hear International colour expert Karen Haller talk recently and found what she had to say about green very interesting. Karen talks about the positive traits of green in her bestselling book “The little Book of Colour”. “We are reassured by green on a very primitive level. Where there is green we can find food and water - it equals life. Green falls in the middle of the colour spectrum and the eye requires very little to no adjustment to be able to see it.” It’s a colour that brings balance and peace.

One of the great architectural obsessions of our time is bringing the outdoor in. If you are lucky enough to have a wall of glass doors overlooking your garden you can get that lovely flow between indoors and outdoors. If not you can always paint or paper an inside wall green. In the 1980s the renewed anthropologist Desmond Morris carried out some interesting research that revealed that the most popular choice for hallways was green. This makes a lot of sense, the desire to bring the outdoors in from the from the front of your home as well as to the back. The Botanical Botanica range of wallpapers from Cole and Son has some wonderfully evocative designs, such as Forest and Fern to get an immersive nature inspired vibe inside.

Botanical Botanic range in Forest by Cole and Son

Mad about the House

Dark greens evoke a generous feel in interiors, along with other deep warm tones such as plum, rusty reds and mustard, which are all good bedfellows for deep greens. I think it’s a perfect colour for a front door in a red brick house, as the colours are complimentary. I’m a big fan of the dark green bespoke paint colour in Mad about the House’s bathroom, appropriately named Mad about the Bathroom from Mylands. So rich and relaxing. Sophisticated yet down to earth. A great choice for a restorative bathroom. I think it also has to be one of my all times favourite colours for kitchen cupboards too, as shown beautifully here in this DeVOL kitchen.

DeVOL Kitchens

Of course the easiest and subtlest way to introduce the colour throughout your space is with house plants- despite the growing (no pun intended) trend for them over the last few years I think they will be part of our interiors for good now. It doesn’t matter what other colours are in the space , greenery invigorates a room like nothing else. Plants can be so sculptural and bring so much texture. And they purify the air so it's not all about what they look like. However if you really can’t keep anything alive, go faux. Abigail Ahern has a great selection, from ferns to giant cacti. Brilliant for dark rooms.

Faux Astilbe from Abigail Ahern

I just can’t WAIT to get our Christmas tree this weekend; a real one of course; that pine smell is one of my all time faves. A large indoor tree when so many of the trees outside have dropped their leaves is just the thing to green up our lives in dark months.

How would you introduce dark green to your home beyond the festive period?

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  • Anna Proctor

Hi and welcome to my first blog piece! EEK! I’m exciting to finally be doing it (!) and sharing with you my musings on colour, how to use and it and how it affects interiors. Anyone who knows me is aware of how much of a colour fan I am, particularly of dirty pastels!

It may sound obvious but interiors are (or should be) about people, making them feel and look good. As Deborah Needleman, the founder of Domino Magazine puts it “The point of decorating, as far as I can tell, is to create the background for the best life you can have.” I think she might be right there.

Anyhow, first up I’m going to talk about a colour which flatters pretty much everyone. You know those days when you wear a particular colour and receive lots of complements about how good it looks on you? The same principle applies to the colour you choose for your walls. They should lift you up and make you feel your best self. Not everyone considers how much their choice of wall colour will suit them but it's a game changer when you do.

Soft pinks suit a wide range of people as well as being an incredibly useful set of colours.

They cast a flattering glow on just about everyone. If you have cool undertones, look for a paler cooler pink while those with warm undertones can use richer peachier shades.

Cool bluish pinks have been used for centuries, particularly indoors, partly because the colour appears much cleaner and fresher than could be expected from an earthy colour and the tints don’t look too sugary. These tones change according to the lighting due to their blue undertones. They’re a lovely choice for a dining or living room, being flattering for cool skin tones and great with a big wooden table.

When we renovated our house a couple of years ago, we decided to preserve the skimmed plaster walls in the loft bedroom with a hardener. The muted colour and texture seemed too lovely to cover up. I must admit it’s lovely to wake up to and with the variation in tones looks more moody at night. Try Setting Plaster by Farrow and Ball or Temple by Paint and Paper library, which give stability and are very relaxing. Consider them almost a neutral and it seems easier to use (or convince non pink lovers). Indeed these brownish pinks, being closer to the colours of the earth make a space rooms feel at once comfortable and grounded.

If you want to make more of a statement, a shade of peach or coral is chic, cosy and incredibly flattering. The fab Emily Murray of Pink House living has opted for a really joyful of colour in her living room, Ida from The PaintHouse. I could hang out in there all day. the warm tone just makes for such a relaxing vibe.

The family room of Emily Murray of Pink House Living painted in Ida by Paint House

Happily, pinks in interiors have become more and more prevalent over the last few years. Although there are still feminine associations with the colour. For instance, many men will happily wear a pink shirt but they might be much more wary of using a similar shade on a wall. Try to strip away the sugary associations and consider the effects of using pink in a room; soothing, soft and flattering. It’s also easily combined with other colours. Counteract the feminine feel with serious tones of grey, navy, mustard and forest green.

Confetti by Little Greene

There is a pink thread connecting all the rooms in our house. Our kitchen cupboards in Calamine by Farrow and Ball are a lovely alternative to white or grey. It really is soothing a colour to live with. It makes everyone look and feel good. Think pink and (you and) your interior will assume a lovely rosy glow.

Thanks so much for reading. I hope you found this insightful. Please feel free to ask any questions you have about colour!

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  • Anna Proctor

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