GREEN WITH ENVY
Bolder than the muted earthy tones currently being touted to replace the ubiquitous grey, green is a bit like your cooler, more daring older sister.
Yes, green has been popping up on our Pinterest boards for a while, and for good reason: From the lush jewel tones of the jungle to the cool ‘90s neutrals of Dulux’s Colour of the Year, Tranquill Dawn, it fits with so many of the interiors trends, like botanical prints, which are predicted to slip into our homes as we enter this century’s third decade.
Whether she’s hanging out with her hipster mate, Millennial Pink or falling for the sexy comfort of all that taupe, green is much more versatile and interesting than you’re probably giving it credit for.
Luckily, one of the best ways to introduce green into your home is with art.
Abstracts are timeless, but also versatile and edgy. If you think a home should have something to say, then this is a great place to start.
Abstract Expressionism was also the subject of two blockbuster shows in London last summer (Lee Krasner at the Barbican; Frank Bowling at the The Tate) so it makes total sense that this art movement is now having an interiors moment.
It’s also why we are now seeing abstract homewares making appearances in all our favourite interiors stores: Quentin Jones’ super-cool capsule collection for Habitat launched earlier this year; Designers Guild’s edit of fabrics from the late British painter Howard Hodgkin, whose broad floral brushstrokes are echoed in this work from Kerry Day, while Marks & Spencer, West Elm and Debenhams all have abstract homeware collections arriving this spring.
Evocative of a nice bit of Rothko and with its moody blocks of colour, Miss Able by Robinson & McMahon is a perfect example of how powerful Abstract art can be. lace this work above your sofa and it will be the talking point of any visit!
Alternatively, sculpture is another really punchy way of bringing an abstract flash of colour into a room. Gareth Griffiths' abstract sculpture, Optuntia, is inspired by the curvaceous and brilliantly named Googie architecture of the US West Coast, bringing some Good Vibrations into your interior.
In December, Tranquil Dawn was announced as Dulux’s colour of the year for 2020. Its announcement reflected the increasing move from brights to neutrals in interiors trends, which perfectly suits the recently resurfaced ‘90s vibe.
This trend is all rather soothing and zen. Which is why, with its texture and simplicity, Days I lived in a World of Night XXXVII by Tom Wilmott works so well here. I can almost hear Tori Amos in the background.
Likewise with Hetty Haxworth's Dry Grass & Salty Wind. Soothing and coastal, it’s a simple way to bring the trend into your home if Scandi is your thing.
Christine Flynn’s tones in Monterosso (main image), are more on the mid-century end of subtle greens and remind me of the work of interior mag darling Slim Arons. The perfect accompaniment for your G-Plan.
One of the first ways green began to become popular in interiors in recent years was via its cool-kid coupling with pink. If the chilled neutrals of 2020 aren’t for you, this is a combination which still has legs, especially if you throw in a cheese plant or two such as with perennial Instagram favourite Marcelina Amelia, who elegantly proves that you can get into bed with two interiors trends at once.
Meanwhile, the acid brights of Katy Hallam's photography are a really interesting exploration of what is possible with digitally manipulated photography. And on the other end of the spectrum, Estelle Day's Pear with Green Bottle and Grapes shows that you can be millennial with your pinks and greens and still have something traditional and beautiful.
Whatever your preference, our online gallery has 1000s of artworks and a functionality that also allows you to filter by colour. So really, there’s no excuse for not changing things up a bit in your home as we head into the summer!
Christine Flynn, Monterosso, 2018, £4500, photography, Khan Gallery
Featured art from first to last:
Kerry Day, Sedum Rubrotinctum, 2019, £70, linocut, limited edition, Wychwood Art
Robinson & McMahon, Miss Able, 2018, £350, oil, One Church Street
Gareth Griffiths, Optuntia, 2016, £1,170, stainless steel, Degree Art
Tom Wilmott, Days I Lived a World of Night XXXVII, 2019, £745, oil, After Nyne Contemporary
Hetty Haxworth, Dry Grass & Salty Wind,, 2018, £1200, monoprints, The Art Movement
Marcelina Amelia Mother Goddess, 2018, £480 archival print, limited edition of 50, Liberty Gallery