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24 lush interiors that prove green is the new millennial grey

From neutral and understated to bright and bold, these ideas will make you feel confident about using a green colour palette in your home

Move over millennial grey, there’s a new colour in town. We recently asked our audience on Instagram if you could only use one colour in your home, which would it be?  The response: green, green, green.

As people seek a stronger connection to nature, green is taking over as the new it shade. If you’re not a fan of the colour the thought of using green in your home can be a bit polarising. Forest green is often the first thing that comes to mind but the reality is there is a wide swathe of shades that will convince you to rethink using this colour palette. Olive green, sage green, there’s a whole palette to be discovered in the world of green interiors.

Green, the colour of nature, vitality, and renewal, has a soothing effect that makes it a perfect choice for the home. Whether you’re an ardent interior design enthusiast or a homeowner looking to refresh your space, incorporating green can breathe life into your interiors. Here’s how to infuse this vibrant colour into your home, from subtle accents to bold statements.

Check out the five key ways you can incorporate shades of green into your home and scroll through the gallery below for some real-life inspiration.

1. Paint your way serenity

Starting with the most impactful method, painting your walls green can transform the ambience of any room. Depending on the shade, green paint can either energize a space or turn it into a calming sanctuary.

Soft, pastel greens, like mint or sage, are ideal for creating a tranquil vibe in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. Emerald or forest green works wonders in adding depth and sophistication to living rooms or dining areas.

2. Add subtle touches through green homewares and decor

If you’re not ready to commit to green walls, incorporating green through decor and homewares is a great alternative. Green cushions and throws are easy to add in as seasons and tastes evolve.

A strategically placed green vase on a mantle or a piece of green artwork can serve as a focal point and introduce a fresh burst of colour. We love softer, moodier greens like moss, olive and sage or emerald for a rich, luxurious feel.

The colour palette of this Titirangi kitchen is inspired by the native bush, from the lichen hue of the tiles to the pōhutukawa red of the steel beam (out of view). 

3. Make a statement with green tiles or a green splashback

Green tiles can add an unexpected and stylish element to your kitchen or bathroom.

A green tile backsplash in the kitchen can make white cabinets stand out and bring a sense of freshness to the space. Using green tiles in the shower area or as a bathroom floor can create a spa-like atmosphere, making every day feel like a retreat.

With options ranging from small-scale and matte to subway-style and glossy, green tiles bring an artisanal feel to any space.

4. Ground your space with green flooring

While green flooring might sound unconventional, it’s a unique way to ground your space with colour.

A large green area rug in the living room or under the dining table can anchor the room and tie together other green accents throughout the space. Or, if you’re ready to be bold in your space, a muted green carpet can add warmth and texture to bedrooms, offering a soft landing each morning.

5. Extend your garden with green outdoor living

Lastly, don’t forget about your outdoor space. Extending green from your garden into your indoor areas creates a seamless transition between the outdoors and indoors.

A zingy, lime green door is a fun way to add some energy to your entryway. Or, colour blocking in a range of green shades, like this bach, is a playful look that’s reminiscent of retro style. A green-painted or clad exterior can also look incredible in a setting surrounded by nature.

Choose outdoor furniture with green cushions or decorate your patio with green outdoor rugs and umbrellas to mirror the natural greenery of your garden.

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