There’s been no shortage of dramatic dark hues in our home tours, mostly fuelled by one of my absolute favourite shades, Farrow and Ball’s Down Pipe.

However, is it time for the greys and blues to step aside?
My parents recently painted their dining room in F&B ‘Green Smoke’. When my mum said they were going dark green I knew the trend that’s been bubbling for a while has well and truly taken centre stage. This deVOL kitchen in the header above caught my eye a couple of years ago. It seemed far more adventurous than your regular kitchen. On a separate note, I absolutely love the art in this image too. I am a huge fan of seeing more classic decor pieces incorporated into practical spaces. That stunner of a green shade is actually a bespoke one but I’m sure we could all get a similar one mixed if we fancied it.

When Pantone announced Greenery as the ‘Color’ of the year back in 2017 I wasn’t overly impressed. Although I have embraced the botanical movement that came alongside it. A darker green seems far more elegant and sophisticated.

From my point of view, I’d say the darker the better. If your room is south or west facing and gets a lot of light then even the darkest green can look very, well ‘green’. If you know what I mean. I’m leaning towards the sludgier shades bordering on brown.

Dark Green Inspiration

Dark green is stunning with warmer metals and woods, and like an absolute dream paired with a splash of blush pink. I also love seeing a bit of velvet emerald green thrown in there too. So casually decadent!

If you don’t fancy getting the paintbrush out just yet then there are squillions of dark green home accessories about.


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After grey and darkest blue has taken the limelight for so long, could colour be making a comeback? What’s your favourite hue and where are you painting it?