Why: A vibrant saturated green is perfect for fresh-feeling impact, but its at its best when used as a background or base colour.
- Beautiful when teamed with monochrome tones such as white, black or charcoal but, if youre feeling brave, go for period impact by pairing it with gold or crimson.
- Be inspired by garden greatness and dont be scared to layer varied leafy tones for a verdant vibe in your home.
- Think woodland, think wood. Use wooden furniture to bring out the best of your décor: cherry, teak and walnut contrast well, while darker wenge looks sophisticated.
Top tip: Use a feature wallpaper to turn your hallway into a talking point. A quirky tree-like coat stand and white lacquer furniture ensure instant chic styling.
Why: Restful shades of moss, sage and olive have been used in interiors throughout history, as they dont advance or recede, but do help to instil warmth.
- You can stick to the same tonal palette, or experiment by teaming with shades from the far side of the colour spectrum, such as orange and purple.
- Mix hand-cut muted green tiles for a kitchen or bathroom splashback. Zelliges (a type of Moroccan tile) are particularly good for this design.
- Go natural and partner soft shades with wood or stone flooring, and warm greige on walls and soft furnishings. Use chocolate browns as punctuation but avoid going too Seventies.
Top tip: Use silver furniture to update muted décor, and give it an instant lift with a contemporary twist.
Blinds in Kiwi fabric, £27 per m; curtains in Seashell, £27 per m; both The Natural Curtain Company
Why: Ideal for fans of Scandi design, pastels make the perfect accompaniment to chalky tones and pale wood.
- Team with cream, white and pale ochres for the ultimate sophisticated space. But choose slightly blue tones in sunny living areas to avoid a sickly attack on the senses.
- Bring out the green element of turquoise or aqua with bright green accessories, and mix and match gloss and matt finishes for extra depth.
- Achieve cheerful country chic by offsetting pastels with soft shades of pink and raspberry. Just add maple or birch furniture for the perfect finishing touch.
Top tip: Update a kitchen-diner with an acidic light-green shade inspired by new spring greenery its uplifting all year round.
Acid Drop wallpaper, £38 per roll, The Little Greene Paint Company
Why: Intense and dramatic, darker greens can be used to build everything from an opulent interior to a crisp, modern style.
- Create jewel-box richness just contrast dark green with scarlet, crimson and sienna, ensuring theyre the same level of intensity. For a plush finish, add fabrics such as velvet and chenille.
- In larger kitchens and bathrooms, blending dark greens with oak and beech, plus black and white accessories, looks strikingly modern.
- Lift dark tones with layers of apple and lime green. Rich, dark wood and plain textured fabrics help maintain a contemporary mood.
Top tip: Hand-glazed, shimmering tiles make a structured statement as a bathroom splashback, especially as a backdrop to a plain-white suite.
Why: If all-over green is a step too far for the colour shy, use it in moderation as an instant mood booster. If it works for nature
- Blending a small amount of sky blue and leaf green with a chalky white establishes a soothing space. Weathered, milky finishes always look subtle.
- Pristine white walls make the perfect backdrop for accents in vibrant shades such as lime or bamboo. Ensure theres no harsh impact by keeping silhouettes curvy.
- Add oomph by mixing citrus greens with equally zesty yellows and oranges. A hot fuchsia will inject extra power, too.
Top tip: Use stencils and stickers to create a stylised leaf-green border in an all-white room. It looks so good, itd be rude not to try it.