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Colour Know-How: Revive the senses with green

Have you ever felt instantly revitalised after running barefoot on wet grass or felt serene in the presence of towering trees? Research has shown that connecting to the living world around us, whether it’s a forest hike or a brief stroll, creates an instant sense of well-being.

If you want to bring the outdoors into your home, painting your walls green can help promote feelings of positivity, creativity and playfulness. Bold, vibrant shades of green like emerald, apple and teal will energise and awaken the senses, while muted greens like olive, sage and celery will soothe and calm.

With so many different shades of green to choose from, how do you find the right one for your particular room? Well, it all depends on the mood you want to create. Take a look at our favourite green décor ideas.

Shades of Green Wall Paint – 10 Energising Colours

Before we go into more detail about the different green colour palettes for your home, here are the 10 most popular, energising shades of green that will create a truly welcoming interior:


Fresh Green Paint Colours


If you want a bedroom that will boost your mood and make you spring out of bed in the morning, consider using a fresh green shade. You could create a colour block on a wall to zone an area of the room that you want to be the focal point. Try adding in a contrasting colour such as lavender to make it feel like you've woken up in a beautiful outdoor garden.


Which fresh green wall paint should I use? 

A great shade to use is Melon Sorbet or Kiwi Burst 4, both of which will have you bursting with energy. You also don't need a lot to make a big difference.


Pastel Green Paint Colours


Pastel green paint colours are tranquil and soothing, perfect for a little one's nursery. The great thing about green is that it works so well with every colour, just like within nature. So this allows you to add pops of any other shades you love within your accessories. 


Which pastel green wall paint should I use? 

Pinks, teals and yellows will all look fabulous in a pastel green room. Colours such as Willow Tree or Nordic Spa will melt the walls away, reducing visual noise whilst making the room feel light, bright and airy. Combined with crisp white furniture, the space feels clean and like a breath of fresh air. 


Emerald Green Paint Colours


Deep jewel tone greens add an instant feeling of glam to any room. Deep greens create a moody and atmospheric vibe to a room, so if you want your space to feel extra cosy but also super stylish and on-trend, this is the shade for you. 


Which emerald green wall paint should I use? 

If you have a living room or dining room that you use for entertaining, then colours such as Emerald Glade or Fortune Green should be your go-to shades. A wow colour like Emerald Glade on the wall speaks for itself, so allow it to shine by keeping the walls free from artwork. Instead, add in pops of contrasting shades like hot pink or brass to accentuate its jewel-like shine. 


Sage Green Paint Colours


Sage green is a key colour trend for 2022 and is one of the best green paint shades for a guest bedroom due to its soothing quality. Through fashion and interiors, it's a colour that will dominate our wardrobes and our walls! 


Which sage green wall paint should I use? 

This versatile shade works beautifully with warm neutrals, teals and tonal shades of green. It has a slightly grey tone to it, making it muted and calm, perfect for bedrooms or a space to relax after a long day. Colours such as Fragrant Herb and Storm Day will help you create a space to reduce your stress in these chaotic and busy times. 

Colours That Go with Green

One of the benefits of using a green colour scheme is that it complements many other colours nicely. Green is right at the centre of the colour wheel, so you can pair it with cool and warm hues alike.

If you want to recreate the feel of the outdoors, try combining shades of green with earthy shades like mustard yellows, rich neutrals and robust greys, and even pops of pink or teal. Some of our favourite combinations include:

  • Blues and greens – since both colours are inspired by nature, blue and green colour combinations are the perfect way to create a sense of calm in your home.
  • Grey and green – this is a sophisticated colour combination and one of the best pairings for the living room or kitchen.
  • Greens and pinks – green and pink colour combinations are gaining popularity, and for good reason. This high-impact, nature-inspired scheme creates a nurturing, restful feel.  

Green wall ideas

Have you been inspired to add a touch of green into your home décor? Discover our green paint inspiration and get planning your new interior look today.


Not sure which colour palette to go for? Download the Dulux Visualizer app and choose your colour with confidence. 

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