Forty shades of green

Green is the colour that is the most visible to the human eye. We are indeed surrounded by it wherever we go in the shape of fields, meadows, grass, trees, bushes and leaves.  For that reason, it represents Nature and its attributes such as rebirth, regeneration, fertility, freshness and life. Green is therefore a colour mainly associated with ecology and peace. Since medieval times, green has also an association with calamity or misfortune and is the colour that symbolizes envy and jealousy. Green is people’s second favorite colour after blue. It usually brings a sense of safety and harmony and has the same calming attributes of the colour blue.  It can be mentally and physically soothing as a colour. As a matter of fact, in the entertainment world, the green room is the room where performers and guests go to relax before and after appearances.

Philip Wilson Steer, Beach at Etaples (1887)


Almond green, light green, pistachio green, artemisia green, mist green, celadon , sage green, verdigris, ocean green, apple green, grape green, fern green, laurel green, opal green, tea green, chartreuse, sea-green, eau de nil.


Marc Chagall, the poet reclining (1915)

Grassy green, Scheele’s green, emerald green, avocado green, cabbage green, Cyprus green, teal green, Persian green, malachite green, olive green, sap green, asparagus green, jungle green, mantis green, harlequin green, jade, Kelly green.


Army green, bottle green, Pine green, Hooker’s green, Moss green, cypress green, forest green, spinach green, hunter green, myrtle green, holly green, Brunswick Green.

In the world of interiors

Green is easy on the eye and soothing therefore it is an ideal colour in bedrooms,  living-rooms and offices. Various shades of green harmonize beautifully as in they do in Nature. The neo-classical interiors of the mid 18th century favoured pale olive green and pale apple green. Check Devine Fescue and Devine blade by Colortrend. Strong colours were used in early Georgian architecture such as pea green or grass green in south-facing parlours. Deeply influenced by nature, the art nouveau colour schemes were quite muted.  Eau de nil and sage green were popular then. Try croscombe and pluckley by Albany, Traditions. Lime and pistachio green were the favorite greens in the 1950s. Check quince, a light lemonish-green by Kevin McCloud  for Fired Earth.

Out there now

  • Berry tree wallpaper by Scion, Melinki Collection                          
  • Brushed lime throw by Cushendale Wollen Mills, Co.Kilkenny.
  • ‘Apple Vase’ by Ingeborg Lundin, 1957
  • Selene chair by Vico Magistretti, creator of the first monobloc chair, 1969
  • The ‘green wall’ by the landscape designer and botanist Patrick Blanc on part of the Quai Branly Museum in Paris.
  •  My favourite muppet, the one and only , Kermit the frog

In the Natural world

The verdigris agaric is a medium-size slimy mushroom found in grassy woodlands  from  Spring to Autumn. Its colour becomes yellow–ochre as it matures and it grows in Britain, Europe and Iran.

The plumage of most of the Amazon parrots is of a bright green. These birds are native  to Mexico, South America and the Carribean.

Emerald, jade, malachite and tourmaline are naturally green stones ranging from pale to deep hues.

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