From earthy olives and pale silvery sages to vibrant jewel tones, there are loads of ways to use green in your next redecorating project, all with the ability to create different moods and styles.
Today, we’re using the palette of British paint maker Farrow & Ball to show how just four groups of greens can create practically endless possibilities.
Light Green Paint Colours
Light green is one of those shades that works in any room of the house. It’s fresh and invigorating enough for kitchens and bathrooms yet relaxing enough for living rooms and bedrooms – including children’s rooms.
For a more traditional country-inspired look that works well with creamy yellow-based neutrals, try something with a slight yellow undertone like Green Ground or Cooking Apple Green. For a more contemporary look, try a mint or any cooler-toned green like Palm.
Farrow & Ball colours to try: Green Ground No.206, Cooking Apple Green No.32, Vert De Terre No.234, Palm No.CC4 (from The California Collection)
Dark Green Paint Colours
Dark green has been steadily gaining popularity for a couple of years now, and with good reason. Its rich tones bring a luxurious feel to dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms, and a serious studiousness to home offices.
Green Smoke is a particular fan favourite for its versatile green-blue undertones, while the olive colour Bancha, with its warm yellow tones, is brilliant with mid-century modern furniture.
Recently, dark green has become especially popular as a colour for kitchen cabinets. For a quick but totally transformative kitchen refresh, try Duck Green in Farrow & Ball’s super-tough Modern Eggshell finish.
Farrow & Ball colours to try: Green Smoke No.47, Bancha No.298, Duck Green No.W55, Studio Green No.93, Calke Green No.34
Vibrant Green Paint Colours
If you’d like to try your hand at a more brightly coloured scheme, vibrant greens are a brilliant place to start – and there are plenty to choose from in the Farrow & Ball palette.
Arsenic is a cult Farrow & Ball favourite, appearing as a turquoise, a bright sea green, or a lively mint depending on the light. Churlish Green, with its yellow undertones, makes a cheerful accent colour for any room of the home.
Or, go straight down the middle with a true green. Danish Lawn, from the Farrow & Ball Archive, is an intense grassy green that looks at its best combined with equally colourful shades ¬– try it with Chinese Blue and Babouche for a graphic kids’ room or playroom scheme.
Farrow & Ball colours to try: Arsenic No.214, Emerald Green No.W53, Verdigris Green No.W50, Churlish Green No.251, Danish Lawn No.9817 (Archive collection)
Grey-Green Paint Colours
Grey-green paint offers the best of both worlds, combining the freshness of green with the knocked-back sophistication and versatility of grey.
It’s perfect for bringing just a hint of colour to an otherwise neutral scheme, or for layering similar shades on top of each other for a curated and considered feel. Try Mizzle or Cromarty on walls with the darker Pigeon on woodwork.
The subtle green in these colours also makes them great for exterior woodwork, because they mirror the tones of surrounding greenery without appearing overtly colourful themselves.
Try darker grey-greens like Pigeon or French Gray in Exterior Eggshell on a front door or gate. Paint colours appear brighter in full natural sunlight, so you can afford to go for a bolder tone.
Farrow & Ball colours to try: French Gray No.18, Treron No.292, Cromarty No.285, Mizzle No.266, Pigeon No.25
How Farrow & Ball Specification Can Help
If you’re looking to refresh your property with shades of green (or any other shade for that matter) look no further than Farrow & Ball’s specification service for support from start to finish.
You’ll be assigned your own dedicated specification manager, who will work closely with you throughout the process, all the way through from choosing colours, finishes, and volumes of product to aftercare. Email [email protected] for more information.