Continuing our series on using green with other colours, in this feature I’m going to show you how green can be combined with blue to brilliant effect.
When used together, green and blue bring to my mind thoughts of tropical waters and painted Caribbean cabins – they can look so striking when paired. Green and blue are what are known as analogous colours, meaning that they sit adjacent to each other on the colour wheel and, consequently, when combined can create a harmonious feel in a space. When deciding to use analogous colours, the key is to choose one lead colour and then pick the colours to either side of it on the colour wheel to act as the main complementary hues in a scheme; to add contrast, introduce elements of other colours. With schemes where green and blue are the dominant shades, white accents work well, as do small touches of hot pink. Below are some examples of where green and blue have been used together to create striking schemes.
Jungle Leaves short vase, £20, Graham & Green
How dazzling these colours look together! The green vase stands out beautifully against this vibrant blue background.
Visitors to Fermoie’s website will see that they present their fabrics in the colour families of reds, yellows, greens, blues and neutrals, which make it very easy to identify suitable fabrics for a scheme; the traditionally printed green and blue fabrics pictured here show a wonderful depth of colour.
From bottom: Overall Blue N-038, 100% linen, 134cm wide, £110 per metre; Sacre Bleu N-034, 100% linen, 134cm wide, £110 per metre; Sicily SICI-003, 100% cotton, 134cm wide, £110 per metre; Quartz QUAR-003, cotton linen union, 134cm wide, £110 per metre; Plain Linen Aventurine N-123, 100% linen, 134cm wide, £110 per metre; Cloud CLOU-005, 100% linen, 134cm wide, £110 per metre; all Fermoie
Fans of upcycling furniture may be well-acquainted with Annie Sloan, for she made her name selling chalk paints and waxes which are fantastic for transforming the surfaces of furniture, lamp bases and other smaller items. She is a highly experienced colourist and knows how to combine different colours to great effect; here she shows how different shades of blues and greens can look so beautiful together. Note how the pale grey painted floor, the curtains, and the scrubbed oak tabletop provide balance in the scheme and add some calmness to contrast with the vibrancy of the blue and green.
Teal, a colour which straddles both blue and green, has a jewel like feel and I love its pairing with the blue walls of this period room.
Astoria armchair in Teal velvet, £399, Atkin and Thyme
Regular Wisteria in brass and green glass, from £165 (excludes shade), Pooky
Pooky have a great range of lighting; I picked out this stunning glass and brass lamp which would make a fabulous statement in any space.
There is definitely strength in numbers here. I love this grouping of blue and green vessels which would make for a beautiful display on a chest of drawers or console table. The faded patterning of the background and the slubby antique-effect tablecloth provide a perfect foil to the vibrant colours.
Selection of pots, urns and jugs, from £24 for a small jug, OKA
I find the boldness of the vibrant green and blue shades used in the schemes here particularly appealing. The pairing is one of my favourites – it is impactful and bold, whilst managing to be calming at the same time; it is, in fact, a good alternative to using a palette of neutrals when trying to create serene spaces. Bathrooms, sitting rooms, and even kitchens, could all look great awash with shades of green and blue; if you’re thinking of a redesign, this is a combination worthy of consideration.
In the final part of this series discover how green in combination with graphite grey and blacks can produce sophisticated and contemporary looks for your rooms.