Colour coded: Bold green design finds

We may not have seen the sun for a while, but with all the rain at least our gardens are looking lush. But green is not just at home in the garden: it was definitely the hot colour at this year’s Stockholm Furniture Fair 2012 and is a great way to freshen up any interior…

It’s a calming colour, which is why stars wait in the ‘green room’ before going on stage or out in front of TV cameras. Associated with nature and even life, it is also considered a healing colour.

[Above: Mix with black for a refined take on the green trend. Stools spotted on Made in Smaland stand at Stockholm Furniture Fair 2012]

Dark greens are very traditional and associated with wealth – think green with gold accents. But the current trend is for bright, even neon colours, so be brave; combine apple green with crisp white for a fresh up-to-date look.

[Below: Recline in this lovely deckchair when the sun finally does come out – or just put it in the living room! From Thornback and Peel; Accessories are always a good way to dip a toe into a new trend – how about this grass green lambswool blanket, from Just Blankets? Or for the tiniest accent of green, try this Keith Brymer Jones teapot.

Researchers claim that green can improve reading ability and relieve stress, so perhaps add it to a teen’s bedroom to help with revision. It’s even claimed that those who have a green work environment suffer from fewer stomach aches!

[Below: Piece by Edsbyn – spotted at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2012]

Top five facts about green:

1. There are 16 different shades of green Crayola Crayons

2. Green is the national colour of Ireland.

3. Ancient Egyptian temple floors were often coloured green.

4. In ancient Greece green symbolised victory.

5. A “greenback” is slang for a U.S. dollar bill.

““On a traffic light green means go and yellow means yield, but on a banana it’s just the opposite. Green means hold on, yellow means go ahead, and red means where the hell did you get that banana at…” (Mitch Hedberg)

Top five songs with green in the title:
Bein’ Green – Kermit the Frog
When Green Eyes Turn Blue – Elvis Costello
Green Onions – Booker T and the MGs
Green Door – Shakin’ Stevens
Green Green Grass Of Home – Tom Jones
[Below: Invest in a design classic - the Tip Ton chair from Vitra redefines sitting; Add classic style with this Vintage Poster ‘Osterley by Tram’ from the London Transport Museum Shop]

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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor

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