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Exploring the Best in Green Paint Colours for Sad White Walls

It’s all about gorgeous green paint colours today, decorating junkies, because as you well know by now, I’m on a mission to banish white walls.

That’s not to say that white isn’t delicious in some areas of your home, but we have to move beyond white across the entire home. I’m going to come right out and say it: an all-white home is a boring home. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. I am merely a vessel to deliver messages from the design gods, and they’ve just spoken: we must explore colour on your walls.

If you’re super fearful of colour and want to keep it neutral on your walls, I’ll allow it only if you explore wallpaper. See this latest design project of mine if you need convincing when it comes to subtle wallpaper. But if you’re truly ready to get gutsy, I got just the thing for you: this showcase from the clever cookies at Dulux, who have just unveiled their 2020 trend forecast.

All of the shots in this post have been styled by the ever-talented Bree Leech and photographed by the divine Lisa Cohen. So let’s admire their work below and then I’ll give you all the Dulux green paint colours that are on the walls too.

dulux light green painted living room with lots of indoor plants and mustard sofa

dulux green paint colours teal living room with green armchair colour forecast 2020

So Many Options, and All So Earthy

There are so many green paint colours available to you these days that the saddest part is running out of walls to splash them on. And so comes the issue of deciding which particular shade you’re going to work with.

The good news is this though: you can actually work in more than one tone. The images at the top of this post prove it. You can select your colour (in this post it’s obviously green), and then choose to paint all your walls in a number of tones from that colourway. It’s what we call a monochromatic colour scheme and it’s a really successful way to bring calm and tranquility to a space.

That’s not to say that feature walls are out. I did a bold green feature wall in a bedroom recently and painted the surrounding walls in Dulux Lexicon. So you can have that high contrast moment between green and white as I did, or you can go full monochrome and enjoy the journey your eye makes across a room as it dances from richer green tones through to more energetic or dusty ones.

I also love how well the green backdrop supports the indoor plant movement, which has absolutely exploded since the Botanical Trend landed a few years back. And as the images in this post also prove, green is such a complementary colour for yellow tones, not to mention earthy browns and rich charcoals.

green bathroom with freestanding bath and timber panel wall

dulux green paint colours bright green teen bedroom with study desk and yellow chair

Dulux Green Paint Colours Bring the Outside In

The other thing these glorious Dulux green paint colours do is bring the outdoors in. It’s fair to say that us Aussies are obsessed with blurring the lines between indoors and out. And greens will really help you do it.

Nature is no longer an afterthought in the home; we want it to take centre stage. And that’s why this Cultivate palette from the Dulux Colour Forecast 2020 is so timely. It’s feeding that innate hunger we have to celebrate the earth and the positive effects greenery and the outdoors can have on our physical and mental health.

As you can see from the dreamy images here, the Cultivate palette is a serene layering of greens. From soft olive and pistachio, to lush forest green and beyond, there’s something for everyone eager to inject some calm into their interior.

“The colours and textures in Cultivate are easy to work with and have a warmth that really conveys the essence of ‘home’,” says Dulux Colour and Communications Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr. “They look beautiful paired with raw, mid-tone timbers, natural stone and transparent, coloured glass”.

Andrea is in the same boat I am regarding colour in the home, explaining that once you move away from white, you’ll never look back.

“Once you’ve lived with colour, you will never want to return to a blank canvas,” she says. “Paint is fast, fun, and affordable. Best of all, you can easily switch things up if you want to try something new and there’s nothing more satisfying than the end result”.

dulux light green paint feature wall in dining room with black storage unit

large fiddle leaf fig in green room painted with dulux green paint colours

Where do these Colour Trends Come From?

Informed by extensive global trends research, the 2020 Dulux Colour Forecast is a varied collection. It brings together gentle neutrals and muted brights drawn from the natural world: botanical, mineral and oceanic. The collection consists of four unique palettes, and I’ll be showing you inside each one over the coming weeks.

As you know, the vibe in this post is called Cultivate. But there’s also Comeback, Grounded and Indulge. You can click here to see the gorgeous red tones in the Indulge trend, which I’ve already showcased. It’s a stunning way to ease into warm tones in the home if you’ve ever considered doing so. And if you’ve wondered where colours trends come from, they’re not just pulled out of thin air.

“These colour trends are influenced by what’s happening in the world around us,” says Andrea. “With more focus on mental health, the wellness movement continues to gain momentum, as does an emphasis on natural materiality.”

dulux army green bedroom walls with green botanical bedding set

dulux 2020 colour forecast cultivate colour palette

Ready to Embrace Some Gorgeous Greenery?

I’ll pop the Dulux green paint colours you see in this post above. That way, you can go grab them from your local hardware store if you need to. Remember to always get sample pots of paint first. It’s wise to road test them on your wall in small doses before you fully commit to a colour.

My faves from the shades above have gotta be Powdered Gum and Pencarrow. I’d love to hear which ones are making your heart skip a beat. Are you ready to embrace gorgeous greens on your walls at home? Drop me a comment below and let me know what you’re loving here. And if you have any questions for me feel free to include those as well and I can help you.

Happy decorating at your place.

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Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Comments (2)

  • Ellen

    Great article, thanks! Where can I find the Dulux paint colours used in the pictures? Thanks!

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