Psychology of colour: Green

Both life-affirming and restful, this is the colour of luxury, harmony and prosperity

Crossing cultures and history, green is representative of Mother Earth herself, of balance, fertility and spring; in fact, the word shares the same Germanic root as the word ‘grow’. It feels healing, fresh and peaceful, but nature’s boldest hue became indelibly linked to money in the 1860s, when the US began using green ink on its currency to prevent counterfeiting. Its history affects how we think about it – “Emerald green has a luxury and otherworldly feel,” says architect Matthew Bird – and the science backs up our associations. Studies show spending time in nature makes people feel relaxed, exercise feels easier and creativity is boosted. 

1. ‘Haven’ bedhead in Peacock, from $1150/king, Canvas & Sasson.

2. Vintage velvet cushion in Moss Green, $49, My Brother Albert.

3. Heysign felt pots in Green, $45/small, $55/medium, $65/large, Southwood Home.

4. ‘Mylo’ velvet chair in Tea Green, $869, My Brother Albert.

5. Normann Copenhagen ‘Block’ table in Dark Green, $475, Design Stuff.




“Deep green is like the centre of the forest; it’s calm and cool and full of oxygen. It is also quietly regal”

Wende Reid, Form And Colour

Andrea Lucena-Orr from Dulux loves the energy it brings to interiors. Bring this verdant hue inside by sweeping deep green across an entire wall to engender relaxation. “Apart from bold painted applications, use this colour to accessorise rooms through selected artworks and upholstered furniture,” adds Matthew.

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