Restorative qualities 

It might seem like all we talk about is nature-inspired hues, but we really can’t get away from them. Whether light or dark, natural shades possess a restorative, calming quality that’s becoming increasingly important to have at home, which is why we’re championing the rich, sultry shade of Hunter Green, a colour that emulates the ambience of lush greenery and enveloping forest foliage.

How to work Hunter Green into your home décor:

Ensure balance 

The tropical leafiness of Harlequin’s Solana sofa fabric, Dh300 per metre, breathes life into this space, while the brand’s Boka curtain fabric, Dh180 per metre, is a fabulous colour carrier. Available from Style Library

For window treatments, go for drapes patterned in a variety of greens or lighter colours to avoid a dark block close to a natural light source. If you reduce the amount of natural light coming into your space, you’ll undo the positive notes of wellbeing that green psychologically adds to the room. Of course, leaf motifs will seem like the go-to for this purpose (and colour scheme), but geometrics and other repeats will do the job equally well and have a lasting appeal. 

 

Less is more

Create a funky feature wall with Monkey Business wallpaper, Dh424 per panel, Tempaper

While it possesses a timeless quality, Hunter Green’s monstera-leaf hue is darker than a classic interior green, so use sparingly on walls and drapery to avoid creating a room that feels heavy. Apply wallpaper or paint on a singular statement wall and lighten the scheme by juxtaposing it with white wall features and fittings and other harmonious pale shades.

 

Colour confidence 

Layer prints and contrasting colours, like this Greta curtain fabric, Dh540 per metre, and ikat Anna chair fabric, Dh370.56 per metre, both Manuel Canovas

A single piece of prominent furniture, like casework, a sofa, or kitchen cabinets, in striking Hunter Green will add a mature pop to a room without overpowering. Imagine Shaker kitchen units in green jewel tones, topped with a Carrera marble worktop, for a cool kitchen space that blends traditional with contemporary. For your soft furnishings, pair with neutrals or a clashing colour like coral for a stronger statement.

Memory lane 

 KOKET’s Simone Screen, Dh28,026, is an unusual addition

To harness the restorative powers of Hunter Green, team with natural elements such as wood and neutral tones, and a chinoiserie-style of wallpaper with happy garden motifs of verdant leaves and trees, chirpy birds or bustling insects. Such thoughts will activate the feelings of safety and quietude to help you relax at home. 

 

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