Sunday, 8 April 2012

April inspiration - spring greens

So Spring has well and truly sprung! In typical British fashion it seems like we skipped spring and went almost straight into Summer for a few days. Anyway, the daffodils are out, the tulips in my garden are about to bloom any second, the Dogwood is growing tiny leaves, and it's warm enough to throw open the windows and let some Spring air in. With all this in mind, Aprils inspiration board is busting with Spring green goodness, contrasting with natural wood and some clean white shades.

Green can be a bit of an overwhelming colour in an interior, it's all down to personal taste of course, but I think a flash or accent of green is much easier on the eye than a full on assault. This makes it easy for renters to accessorize and add some colour to what in all probability, is a white or cream room.

1. Hand turned wooden bowl (a gift from the maker)
2. Farrow & Ball paint chart 
3. MisPrint wallpaper - Little Trees in green. £59 per roll, Wallpaper Direct
4. Jonny Briggs business card printed on a slice of real wood
5. Chiltern bedside table, £150, Ercol for John Lewis
6. Wesco Baseboy 20L bin in lime green, £159.99 from Wesco
7. Cushions featured in the new John Lewis Catalogue
8. Bisley classic 2 drawer filing cabinet in white, £199 John Lewis
9. Classic Chartereuse Sanctuary paint from Homebase.
10. Bump Chair in Varese Lime £1400 John Lewis
11. New Zealand Raku wood coasters (a gift)
12. White Handkerchief, Early Spring & Found Fossil paints from Dulux's Authentic Originials range

The thing I love about green, is that even the tiniest splash of it completely changes the feel of a room in a way no other colour quite manages. I have a very neutral scheme of blacks, beiges and brown, but my black leather armchair has a bright green stripey cushion on it that totally lifts the whole corner of the room. Take the bed in picture 7, above. It's very lovely without the green cushion, but as soon as you add that olive/lime cushion it makes a huge difference.

The same goes in the kitchen, with a bright tea towel hanging off the oven door (7, below), or a bright bin (6, above), or the bathroom, with the simple addition of some new towels (2, below)

1. Oxford Single Shelf and Door Unit in Oak / Fennel £179, John Lewis
2. Jumbo towel bale in Fern, £32 from Next
3. Eames Dowel Side Chair in Celery £330 from SCP 
4. Velvet stripe cushion, £9.90 from Debenhams
5. Swallows wallpaper in green. Sanderson, £38 from Wallpepr Direct
6. Le Creuset mug in Kiwi £11 form Le Creuset
7. Vases teatowel, £5 V&A Shop
8. Green lacquer chest, Etsy
9. Andrup rug, £15.99 from Ikea

There are many ways to get some Spring greens into your home. For a bigger commitment invest in the oak unit above (1) from John Lewis. It has interchangeable doors, so if you get bored of the green, swap it for a white, grey or oak one. Their 'bump' chair is even more of an investment (10, top photo) but it's so gorgeous it's worth it if you can afford it, as is the Eames chair from SCP. Consider painting a piece of existing furniture, like the one that was being sold on Etsy (8, above) Alternatively buy a second hand piece or scour Freecycle for pieces to upcycle for free. Try Rustoleum's Painters Touch spray paint in Apple Green Satin to paint everything from furniture to vases.
For less expensive ways to update your home, use a couple of cushions (4, above) or this rug with just a flash of green (9, above) Le Cruset have a whole range of cook ware in 'Kiwi', but their chunky mugs are a great way to start your day, and at a mere £11 each are a very affordable design classic.

If you fancy a bit more green in your life, how about some wallpaper? If wallpapering the wall is not an option, try framing a large piece or papering a plywood panel. I think the swallows print above would look amazing lining some drawers too, an unexpected splash of colour inside furniture is very on trend.

Mix all of the above with wood accents like coasters or bowls for some variety and texture. 

Happy accessorizing!

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