Spring Green

April 5, 2011

In going through my twittersphere this morning I noticed several comments about the abundance of great greens at the High Point Market this Spring. With the amount of rain we’ve had here in Northern California, and now, a very sunny spring, I must admit that fresh spring greens have been looking good to my eye too, whether touches of it, or whole rooms!

via style estate blog

The color green brings to mind:   

  • nature
  • fertility
  • spring
  • growth & renewal
  • life
  • and here in the United States, money.

    via Houzz

Via Sensational Color, Green: occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye than most colors, and is second only to blue as a favorite color. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world, making it an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere. It’s fun, it’s fresh and I’m loving it.

I truly like using green shades in our home decor because in general they:

  • soothe us
  • relax us mentally, as well as physically
  • help alleviate depression, nervousness, and anxiety
  • and, offer us a sense of renewal, self-control, and harmony

All great attributes to enhance in our homes in this crazy, fast paced world we live in.

via Martha Angus Interior Design

Green is also considered a balancing color and encourages emotional stability, purity and calmness. It is connected to the heart chakra and is thought to facilitate emotional issues such as love, trust, compassion and forgiveness. An imbalance of the heart chakra is said to promote mistrust, jealousy, insecurity and a fear of relationships.

The Heart Chakra symbol, or Anahata-via Style Estate Blog

Color experts say that green has been known to lower blood pressure, helps to balance metabolism, encourages growth, eases insomnia and acts as an aphrodisiac. Bottom line it is a refreshing color and helps create harmony.  Green is also the ONLY color that goes together with all shades of itself…it’s amazing! (thank you Lindsay for that one!)

These clean greens look new, and best to me, when they play off of bright white and mixed with pop shades of orange, yellow, hot pinks, other greens and turquoise! Sounds like a happy palette, doesn’t it? And part of the change we are seeing to color in the 21st Century.

via Martha Angus Interior Design

Notice that instead of the natural “eco” greens we’ve seen to date such as olive, basil, off or muddy greens, this years greens are clean, fresh and very vibrant. From leaf, to grass to spring greens look for green to literally pop up both for the home as well as on the runways.

via Monique Lhuillier-Spring 2011

What about you? Can you see adding a bit of green to your decor or your wardrobe? How do the examples above make you feel? I invite you to leave a comment, I love to know peoples perceptions of color. And, if you’d like a bit of help adding green to your decor, give me a call. I’d love to work with you to spring up your home!

In the meantime, check out the video below for some more inspiration.

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