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PREDICTING trends is no mean feat, especially in interior design. But in early December I said 2017 would be the time us Brits turned to the great outdoors for some indoor inspiration, with the lush greens of the Great British countryside taking centre stage. And those in-the-know folks at The Pantone Color Institute seem to agree and just before Christmas they unveiled Greenery as their Colour of the Year 2017. Which means there will be no escaping the luscious hue. After all the Pantone Colour of the Year influences all arenas of design, from wallcoverings to furniture, so visit any interiors store in the coming months and expect to find a sea of green. If you want to make all your neighbours green with envy with an on-trend interior, my style guide has all the answers.


By far the easiest way of bringing greenery into the home is just that, adding actual greenery. House plants make a fantastic addition to any interior and not only are they aesthetically pleasing but they have an abundance of health benefits too. Among other things, they remove toxins from the air and some say they even make the brain function better which helps improve your mood. In terms of interiors, there is a house plant to suit every home, from compact studio apartments to palatial manors, and most are easy to maintain. If you’ve never owned a house plant before go for something simple like an aloe vera. These little beauties like lots of sunlight and prefer dry soil, so there is no need to worry if you forget the odd watering. Just make sure you invest in some gorgeous plant pots, those plastic clay-coloured pots do nothing for any interior!


My favourite thing about this colour trend is that it works for all budgets. And if your funds are stretched after all the festive frivolities, consider adding just a splash of colour by replacing one key element in each room. Try a vibrant green splashback or a new kettle in the kitchen or invest in some new lush green towels for the bathroom. For those who fancy splashing a little more cash, why not consider replacing your dining room chairs with some striking green seats. This will draw the eye, especially in a room with more muted interiors, and ensure your colourful new additions will be the star attraction.


Love greenery? Embrace it. There is an abundance of gorgeous paint colours as well as a stunning wall coverings from the likes of the Designers Guild in various shades of green. But if you like your four walls the way they are, why not replace everything within them? Light fittings, soft furnishings, rugs… the works. It may sound overwhelming, but if you keep your walls and floors neutral and add a few key accent pieces in contrasting shades, it will look stunning!

Lesley’s top tips for going green

  1. Consider your budget. This is a look that complements any bank balance.
  2. House plants are bang on trend.
  3. Replacing a key item this new year? Go for a green version.
  4. If you love the colour there is no harm in going all out.

But do it carefully, choose walls or furnishings – not both!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
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