Green – bringing the outdoors in
Green is set yet again to increase in popularity as a colour choice for design and interiors. Essentially a reassuring colour, green reflects our desire for balance; designing with the colour green is to bring the outdoors in.
It has the ability to make us feel calmer or even refreshed. So it’s perhaps no surprise that in these difficult global economic times this colour should again become desirable to surround ourselves with!
Green appeared as a ‘colour trend’ in the 1970s when global awareness was raised about environmental issues. Consumers demanded green products and the ubiquitous ‘avocado green’ became a hugely popular colour in all parts of the home from bathrooms to kitchens and anywhere in between! In the 1990s a rise in the popularity of spa facilities around the world, holistic philosophies and Zen-style design lent itself to popularise green but in a softer colour palette than the earthy, intense shades of the 70s.
In the bathroom, brighter, more yellowish or aqua greens will be refreshing. Or again, if your bathroom is like your own private spa retreat, think softer more soothing shades for that ‘Zen-like’ peace and calm.
Bernay’s background in interior design led her to develop her passion and study of colour. Now a specialist in colour psychology, she advises on projects, and also lectures and teaches on the subject. You can read more about colour-related topics her blog in:colour! You can follow her on Twitter @bernaylaity. Read more posts by Bernay Laity.
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