Going green has never been trendier, especially now that Pantone has named “Greenery” 2017’s official colour of the year. But there’s more to it than just slapping some green into your colour scheme, and it’s not exactly the easiest colour to decorate with. That’s why Retail Display Manager at Tile Africa, Liza Watermeyer, is shedding some light on how you can incorporate this fresh trend into your home, without an expensive overhaul or a decorating disaster on your hands.
Make sure you understand it’s not just a colour
“Sustainability is the inspiration behind the selection of this colour, so being able to use this shade in a meaningful way that is easily adaptable and cost effective is vital to the trend,” says Liza. She also warns against splurging on the array of zesty yellow-green hued décor items you’ll find crowding shopping mall shelves… and then bins in the next year. “If you are going to create waste or pollution in your quest to incorporate this eco-conscious shade, you’re going about it in completely the wrong way.”
Find simple, non-imposing ways to introduce it into your space
As this year’s colour is inspired by nature, a literal way to bring it into your home would be with foliage and plants. It’s as simple as decorating tables, drawers, shelves and other surfaces around your home with vases, jars and pots containing varying leaves and plants.
Environmentally friendly paint products can also be used to effortlessly convert a wall or piece of furniture to include Greenery – try horizontal or vertical stripes of Greenery and another corresponding shade. Tiled mosaics are another inexpensive option, especially for kitchens and bathrooms, where adding a border, backsplash or focus wall will be a welcome addition.
Bring complementary shades and tones into the mix
Greenery is a pretty intense colour palette, and it’s going to come off as contrived if you just blitz your entire home in it. Instead, try to create a cohesive theme with touches of greenery.
If you want your home to have a fresh and invigorating quality, consider using white and mixed metallics. A darker, more moody aesthetic can be achieved by adding deep shades of chocolate brown or a luxurious ripe grape hue. Then, simply embellish using a mix ‘n match ensemble of green bits and bobs you can find lying around the house, so you can get the look without spending a cent!
Any material that is organic or from nature will intrinsically combine well with this fresh colour. Think of light, honey coloured oak or darker mahogany, with mixed metallic accents in matte and glossy patinas. White and terracotta shades also integrate nicely with Greenery, as well as materials made from cement, wicker, glass, or even cork, which is being used more and more often as a wall and floor covering.
Get extra style points for using it in combination with other global décor trends
Every year, Tile Africa sends a team of experts to Cersaie, an international exhibition in Italy that offers industry leaders an insider peek at upcoming trends in tiles and ceramics for interior design. Liza, who attended this exhibition, says trends from Cersaie were eclectic and based on a global worldly appearance.
There was a strong sense of the old made new, with a focus on plants, wood and metal combinations of craftsmanship. The colour scheme was based on dark neutrals, and shades of brown and black featuring across all styles, with Stone and Wood-look tiles making for a perfect backdrop to accentuate Pantone’s Greenery shade in your home.