More contemporary than jade or teal, invigorating mint is the perfect way to give your living space a cool, refreshing vibe. Create an informal, effortless feel by mixing it with relaxed denim blue and slate grey, then bring the whole palette to life with pops of crisp white, chartreuse and zesty lime. Make it mellower for the winter season with accents of navy blue and soft purple
Choose angular wooden furniture, textured ceramics and fabrics with graphic prints for a mid-century-inspired look
Break up a solid block of colour on walls with white frames and folk-art-inspired pieces
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Add subtle colour with this retro pattern
Tocca 111316 wallpaper, £37 per roll, Scion
Go for a cool, calm blue
Spearmint Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £45 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene
This pretty motif is ideal for blinds or cushions
Aymara Eucalyptus fabric, £64 per m, Villa Nova
Contrast different prints with ease by sticking to just one or two colours in the same tone - here,
a retro wallpaper, ethnic-inspired blind and stripy rug work in harmony for a modern but relaxed result
OUR stylist says
"Pale mint hues can appear washed out, so give them structure with charcoal upholstery and dark wood furniture "
NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR
Swap a traditional table lamp for a pair of peridot-green pendant lights next to a sofa
Soft oak is the ideal partner for minty tones - use simple furniture, wooden accessories and tactile rattan to add a natural touch
TRY THESE COLOURS with SPEARMINT
LAVENDER: Bring out mint's more restful properties with soft purples, such as lilac, lavender or wisteria
LIME: While most greens will perk up an icy blue, go for those with a yellow base for an even livelier effect
CUMIN: Opt for earthy shades, such as cumin or nutmeg, to give your scheme some welcome warmth
Shades to avoid
CITRUS ORANGE Although lemon and lime work, zesty orange could be a colour clash too far - this daring pairing would certainly be an acquired taste.
BUBBLEGUM While candy colours are cute in a girl's room, steer clear of saccharine shades if you're after a refined living space.
CLARET Keep away from deep red tones, such as claret or mahogany, as their richness will deaden or even erase spearmint's crisp, fresh appeal.
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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.
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