1. Mellow out with forest green
In a bright space, painting the walls in a flat matt forest green colour will dial down the glare. It also promotes a mellower mood that’s perfect for a room you just want to relax in at the end of a long day. Cocooning the winter and cooling in summer, it looks great balanced with equal amounts of flannel grey.
2. Encapsulate relaxed country style
A room with country house decor is the perfect home for a Chesterfield-style sofa. Keep it classic with wool-upholstered armchairs, tartan and lots of natural wood for timeless rustic chic.
Choose masculine colours and heritage patterns as they’ll stop the look becoming dated or a bit twee. Designed in 1871, this branch-print wallpaper adds subtle detail without dominating the room.
3. Try deep green with copper
Go glam and team sumptuous fabrics and papers in forest green with high-shine copper highlights for a luxurious feel. Copper is a great accent for a living room as it’s glam, but has a warm tone that makes a space feel cosy.
4. Bring the outdoors in with modern botanical styleBreathe life into a white decorating scheme with mixed shades of green and displays of real (or fake) plants. Our tip is to layer several shades of green for lush contrast – here, the blinds and a throw have been edged in a fresh lime fabric that stands out against the sofa’s deeper hue. 5. Combine teal green and tobacco for a classic, confident look
Deep teal green has the unusual quality of making a room feel cosy and enveloping in winter, but cool and shady in summer. Bring it to life with woods and leathers that have an orangey undertone for a pairing that’s direct from nature. Add a shot or two of indigo blue and whether you create a room that’s rustic or glamorous – or somewhere in between – this colour mix will exude quiet confidence.
6. Keep things fresh with lichen and limestone
Reinvigorate your home with a fresh yet calm palette of pale green and soft beige. Found in nature, these airy shades are easy partners. Use an equal mix of the two, then add shots of bright white to stop them looking murky.
Subtle colour rises need pattern for interest, so work in textural and botanical prints, and use faux or real flowers to underline the colour palette’s natural inspiration.
- Explore the palette of an English country garden
Make it mellower in winter by switching in accents of navy blue and soft purple.
Layer green on green
Shades of green work beautifully together, so don’t be afraid to mix light and dark, and both blue- and yellow-based palettes. Here, a green statement cabinet has been set against a wall in a similar tone, to classy effect.
Colour block with Millennial pink
If you’re willing to be brave, colour blocking can reward you with a stunning and impactful new look. Here, dark sage green walls, a Millennial pink corner sofa and and a mustard yellow armchair and cushions work together, creating a joyful and welcoming scheme that’s never jarring.