Inspiring tranquillity and a sense of renewal, green has become the colour du jour for those seeking to create a serene haven. Its connection to nature spans from deep forest greens to the sage countryside and cool seaside cyan. Both versatile and sumptuous, green sofas in particular are being embraced by homeowners drawn to their calming qualities.
At first, driven by the indoor plant trend and our love of thriving plants, green's impact has expanded into an entire world of possibility where our connection to nature includes sofas, cabinetry and walls. It's led to inspiring interpretations of this shade across interiors, homewares and furniture.
Rather than being one-note, there are a surprising array of greens to suit different interiors, from soft moss to rich olive and uplifting emerald. Whilst all these shades suggest nature and calm, they also symbolise new beginnings.
As a result, this timeless, comforting tone is finding its place in the most stylish homes. The perfect foundation for different eras, green sofas are the ideal anchor for those who love vintage, antiques and mixing art, sculpture and architectural forms.
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"Green is a wonderfully liveable colour, with hues ranging from soft and subtle moss tones which work to give a fresh alternative to a neutral space through to rich and robust emeralds, which add depth and strength to a room," enthuses Elena Mellowes, Head of Product Development at Maker&Son.
"With such a broad palette, there is a tone for every home. The beauty of these different tones is that they layer beautifully together, providing light and shade as you move through space and a complementary palette to a host of other colours."
Green sofas continue to gain popularity because homeowners realise how well this shade complements others.
Elena shares her thoughts about this versatile shade. "A neutral palette with lighter or white woods works incredibly well with a fresh sage or herbaceous green palette whilst stronger emerald jewel tones pair successfully with walnuts, brass and ochre for a bolder finish," she explains.
Other colours that green complements include soft peach, purple, mango and buttermilk yellow. These colours are particularly popular with stylish tastemakers who imaginatively contrast this natural shade with bright and bold fuchsia, lilac, sky blue, and white. Alternatively, it harmonises beautifully with earthy browns, oranges and golden yellows.
A green living room can lend itself as a great base to multiple other colours. "Most obviously, green works with different tones found in the natural world- including clay, taupe, browns and grey," says Elena. "For a more exciting twist, pair darker greens with a pop of orange, pink or ochre for a braver take on a home decor colour scheme."
To create a serene space, opt for lighter tones of green. When it comes to your sofa, Elena advises to "add exciting texture within the area through accessories, rugs and mood lighting, and a scheme lifts easily with a complimentary fresh white or neutral palette. This is a really effective way to help break up the base and add relief to the space."
Elena believes that green has shifted from being a transitional shade to one that adds visual texture and is really becoming a classic worth investing in, including larger pieces such as loveseats, footstools and modular sofas.
"The use of green has moved into the primary paint colour within a space. This migration to a more permanent solution suggests becoming a more considered choice within the home. Not only is there a wide choice of hues available across paints, sofas and accessories, but green is now heralded as a perfect modern alternative to more classic colour palettes within the home."