Greenery is the official colour for 2017 but in this designer’s humble opinion, this wonderfully versatile hue should not be restricted to a single year. Green is the perfect solution for our hot humid Singapore weather. As a mix between yellow and blue, green is effectively a bridge between stimulating warm colours and calming cool colours. It is the most balanced of all the colours of the spectrum and what makes it so perfect for Singapore is how it balances the yellow in the spectrum of our equatorial light to create an ambiance that is always fresh, cutting through our hot humid environment like a warm knife through butter.
But what I love most about the verdant hue is its versatility. Over the years I have used this hue to create a multitude of different ambiances for a variety of rooms for different clients, each with their own brief and style. Styles and themes may vary but green always brings a fresh energy to a room, whether you are creating a calm, natural space or a room that resonates with a rich drama.
Sometimes, the slightest addition is all that is needed to elevate a room scheme. I love how just a hint of green in the loose throw cushions, draws the magnificent verdant vista into the room, linking inside and out and magnifying the sense of light and space.
Perhaps, because green is so heavily associated with nature, it is often described as a refreshing and tranquil colour, symbolizing the first shoots of spring, invoking the idea of rejuvenation and new beginnings. Of all the colours in the spectrum, green is the most restful to the eyes. It has been proven to improve reading ability and therefore makes a perfect colour choice for a study.
But green does not always have to be restful. In this otherwise grey room, the bright green sofa brings an unexpected energy that revitalizes the entire room.
And yes, green can add a sense of drama too, but always without the harshness that warmer colours can impart.
In this dramatic entrance hall, I have kept the backdrop monochrome, it is the green curtains that bring the energy and drama to this space.
Or ready for a bolder step? Take the plunge and wrap the entire room in an envelope of vibrancy.
Combining green with lashes of white and botanical prints is a favourite of mine. These rooms are always so fresh and crisp. These are light and airy space with a slight touch of romance.
No matter what the ambiance that you are striving for, be it glamorous or tranquil, romantic or whimsical, this verdant hue always brings a crisp freshness, making this colour of the year a perfect match for the Singapore home.