To me it is still Winter, although with the recent bout of snow we had there was a lovely brighness about the place and a crispness in the air that reminded me that Spring is on its way. Even inside the house, there’s a lighter, brighter feeling now that the tree and decorations have come down.
While I was at it, I took down the three set of curtains in the sittingroom too and decided to give them a wash. I’ve mentioned before that I love red around the house, and I still like our red curtains. Now that they are down though I am enjoying the lighter look and have begun noticing the amount of green we have in the room. Our red wall is looking a bit out of place. Since it needs a new lick of paint anyway, I have been wondering about replacing it with green.
Green, so often described as the colour of hope, reminds me of the outdoors, one of The Bavarian and my common interests. We are not great gardeners but we do enjoy being outside in the garden, the forest, cycling along the Rhein or touring the Irish countryside. When I put it to The Bavarian that we paint the wall green, I expected a groan of “Do we have to?”. He’s happy to put up with chipped paint. I’m not. To my surprise, he agreed. All that is left to do is choose a colour. That could prove to be the biggest challenge.
Green, as in eco-friendly, is the approach I have been taking to this sudden redecoration. Rather than rush out to the sales and buy up all the beautiful accessories, cushions and rugs I find to match my room plan, I have been curating – noticing the green in the sitting room and around the house, moving pieces around in different lights, selecting items and putting other away for now.
The green glass tea light holder which came to us as a wedding present has reappeared, our various green plaid rugs have been rooted out from the bottom of the blanket basket and stacked on the sofa. Various fabrics with green patterns have surfaced in my hobby room, ideal for fresh new cushion covers. The green armchair I kept intending to have re-upholstered has overnight become a key element of the room; not quite a hero piece but certainly an eye-catcher.
The simple green additions pair well with our pale wood and white furnishings in the room. I can just imagine my glass vases, when Spring eventually comes, filled with daffodils, grape hyacinths or tulips on the coffee table or window sills. As the year progresses alliums, lilac, lavender and roses will replace them. A wooden wreath, a bowl of wlnuts from the garden and a tall candle in a glass jar would match well with green for Autumn and when Advent, all too soon, rolls round again we can think about our Christmas look. A fresh styling for every season. A fresh colur for a fresh year.
21 thoughts on “Going Green”
I can appreciate that you think of going green as a process or progression. It’s a lifetime of choices!
Green is one of my favourite colours, I just love it in interiors. It’s such a calming colour but it’s also refreshing too. There’s definitely no need to buy new pieces if you already have them in your home, I’m going to do a little shift around soon too.
I love green, I think it’s a really underrated colour! I’ve just got my hands on a lovely green bedspread from Laura Ashley which I can’t wait to use in the bedroom when i’ve redecorated the bedroom #homeetc
Definitely underrated as a colour. I suppose in terms of decor it has a bad history of hospital walls and avocado coloured loos. I like the sound of your bedspread. You can’t go too far wrong with Laura Ashley!
I love green, always asked for it in my room as a child. I also think it works brilliantly with wood and white. They’re the dream combination!
Yes, I think it will work well and not be too masculine either because of the glass and rugs and cushions picking up the colour too.
Love the touches of green! It’s a very relaxing, soft colour and it complements so many other shades beautifully too! It also looks nice in different lights doesn’t it? #HomeEtc
Exactly. The wall we’ll be painting green is at the darker end of the room, but it is opposite a window and does get nice light for a few hours of the day.
OOOH! Exciting Fionnu! But which one??? There are SO many different ones to choose from. I’d probably go a lovely French Grey from Little Greene — which has LOTS of green in the mix. OR — if you’re feeling mega brave — what about Studio Green from F&B?? It’s SO dark it almost looks black. But it would make all your homewares absolutely ping out!! Looking forward to seeing what you end up doing! Cx #HomeEtc
I’m leaning towards a couple of the F&B shades, but I do really like the grey-greens, so I’ll check out Little Greene. Thanks for the tip.
Looooooooooooooove green. Some lovely subtle shades here, Fionnuala. I’ve got a green post next week, featuring Pantone’s colour of the year, Greenery. I loved writing it because of my love of green. #HOMEETC
Thanks Jane. I am very fnd of it too. Looking forward to reading your post.
Love the idea of green! It’s not a colour I would’ve thought of before but it looks really nice in your pictures above. You’ve just reminded me that I need to wash the curtains in my living room too!
My husband is a big fan of green, albeit the darker shades. As a paint colour I would always have associated it with hospitals and bathrooms but there are gorgeous shades available now.
Lovely! I have quite a lot of dark greenery (plants etc) in my hallway currently and love it. Thanks for sharing & linking up.
Jess xx #HomeEtc
Plants are an ideal way to add some green to a room. Thanks for hosting Jess.
Love the green additions – I’m a green fan already! And your’e right there’s so many types of greens, definitely more than we first think of.
Oh I know. I am having a lot of trouble settling on one shade. I keep changing my mind.
Some shades of green are my favorites.Olive green and bottle green are one of them.I Love the green touches of yours.Thank you for sharing it.
Bottle green is timeless, I find. Thanks for reading.