With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, it’s ironic that the colour Hunter Green from the ‘90s is back in style — but this time with a rich, sultry depth to it.
In PPG Paints “2019 Global Paint Color Trends Report” the company named Night Watch their Colour of the Year. It’s a dark green hue borrowed from the ‘90s albeit with a bit more black. PPG describes it as a dark, neutral, jade, aqua-green with a malachite undertone.
With this green colour trend growing, why not make St. Patrick’s Day the day you get greener at home?
Dee Schlotter, PPG senior colour marketing manager says, “Night Watch is about bringing the healing power from the outdoors into your home through colour. The dark green hue pulls our memories of the natural environment to the surface to recreate the calming, invigorating euphoria we feel when in nature.”
Night Watch is a black-infused green that can be used as a neutral or statement accent. It can make you feel healthy, grounded and calm, allowing other coordinating decor colours to be showcased against its luxe backdrop.
PPG suggests incorporating it as a focal accent wall in a bedroom or dining room. It’s especially powerful in places without any view or tie to the outdoors such as at the end of a hallway. It’s also a gorgeous alternative to black.
Green usually unleashes a visually healing power as it’s such a healthy colour in all shades of its glory.
If Night Watch is too powerful for your walls or architectural elements, try it in furnishings and accessories ranging from pillows to art. Pops of green might just be the lush vibrant swatch that adds personality to an otherwise neutrally-stale beige or grey space.
The fact that green is generally a gender-unbiased colour also makes it suitable for many areas of your home. It’s a perfect balance of masculine and feminine tones depending on the shade.
Green also works well with metallics and gold will gleam with glamour when paired with it. Consider gold photo frames and bowls to add sparkle.
If dark greens are still too bold for you, try celery, celadon, guacamole, sage and avocado shades for a healthy hue without overpowering a room. But avoid green in bathrooms because they can cast a grey pallor on skin tones.
Or a truly non-committal approach to adding green to a room can be with plants. Include a small plant in a pot on a table or bookcase, or a large tree to soften and fill a corner of a room. A cluster of plants in front of a window or on a ledge can also be a bright welcoming spot in a room.
While enjoying green beer this St. Patrick’s Day, take a moment to also study the deep green beer bottle colour and you’ll realize why so many companies choose this dark thirst-quenching shade for their glass. Green glass also blocked out UV rays better than clear glass that could otherwise alter a beer’s taste. So it’s a colour that’s as practical as it is pretty.