Greens – so very many greens

I know, if we were doing this project properly, we should really have decided on the wall colour first, painted them, and then got the really big, heavy, immoveable objects in place.

However, we were moving in and we needed the bed and wardrobe or we’d really suffer. So we really did have to wait to redo the walls. Not wait too long though as the peachy/magnolia colour on walls allegedly made my lady feel ill. Not at all the vibe you want in a bedroom!

So, we wanted green walls. I was quite clear in my head that I wanted a fresh green. Apple green, spring leaves, maybe fresh peas. Something that seemed natural and light. The sort of green you see looking out of the window at lawns (maybe a bit less jewelled green). Quite a pure tone of greenness.

And we thought maybe we should try and find curtains and soft furnishings first and match the paint to them as that was going to be easier than the other way round.

Except that, apparently, the sort of green we wanted simply doesn’t exist in the world of soft furnishings! Look at the ‘green’ section in any catalogue. Go on. You’ll see some sage greens – that sort of grey almost blue-green colour that I agree is beautiful but not at all what I wanted to give that fresh feel to the room.

Sage green bedding

There are also a quite incredible number of quite harsh lime-ish (although the colour known as lime green is a long way away from anything you get from an actual lime), almost brown greens. Personally, I can’t stand this colour. I genuinely think it’s hideous, so it was out. It’s also quite vibrant and energetic, which wouldn’t be restful. And as we were going for a girly sort of feel, it wouldn’t work so well to get that sense either.

Lime green bedding

We turned to our endless paint charts and samples, deciding to get that right and worry about the rest later. Thank heavens for Dulux mix-labs, which provided the best range of possible colours. We have debates on how strong a green we wanted – I was quite in favour of a fairly strong, vibrant, green, my lady wanted something more pastel-like. We’ve found in conversations before that we see greens differently, so this was quite a challenging conversation. In the end, we ordered more or less every tester from Dulux that even vaguely fitted the brief, and raided every other range we could find for similar colours. We painted up endless sheets of paper to see what we felt would work – as you can see from the photo.

We weren’t happy with any of the first batch so we went back and scoured the shelves and paint cards for more (as an aside, the Dulux website is excellent in many ways, but the rendering of colours is bizarre. None of the paints look anything like the colours on screen, as we found on several devices. This is especially true of greens and yellows. No idea why, but don’t trust the screen, get a card. Admittedly this is true of most paints I would think, but we did find it a particular issue with Dulux. But I digress)

Eventually, we came to a conclusion. The answer was green parrot two. Which is not some secret spy code, but a slightly paler version of, yes, the colour of green parrots colonising London. It’s very fresh, very green, and we both liked it.

Update – since doing the room, we realised that green, especially stronger greens, are generally considered a bad idea in bedrooms and bathrooms as the colour can make you look very sickly when you’re getting dressed or looking at yourself, which is obviously a bad thing. All I can say is that we haven’t noticed this in our bedroom. I think the huge bay window, meaning the light gets to you without bouncing off the walls and the very large pieces of white furniture (bed, on which we put mostly white linen, and wardrobe) mean that this problem doesn’t manifest itself. Worth remembering for other projects though!

A close up of the green bedroom wall (with cameo appearances from the bedside table and lamp)

A close up of the green bedroom wall (with cameo appearances from the bedside table and lamp)


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