As the new year blooms, the air is buzzing with new inspiration and potential for the months to come. The interiors world will certainly feel refreshed as Pantone have announced ‘Greenery’ as their colour of the year. This couldn’t be a more suitable choice, as it symbolises new growth, calm and vitality!
Psychologically, the colour green has been linked to feelings of relaxation, restoration and balance (Check out our psychology of colour post for more info!) For interiors, green is often used as an accent colour, and the addition of botanicals and plants is an effortless way to creating a relaxing atmosphere.
Greens are definitely important in Scandinavian design. While accent colours are used, some styles of Scandi design bring green to the forefront of an interior. Gustavian style began around the 1780’s – and is a delicate balance between Scandi simplicity and French classic style. This article from The Financial Times explains that Gustavian style was created by King Gustav III, who upon visiting the Palace of Versailles, was inspired, and wanted to recreate the style with a ‘Paris of the North.’ Gustavian style is defined as a ‘perfect combination of Swedish restraint and the French decorative style’ and we think it evokes a decadent country style perfectly.
‘The Swedish Country House‘ by Susanna Scherman is full of Gustavian inspiration which uses shades of greens along with other calming hues in some truly spectacular Swedish homes. The lovely balance of classical style and calming tones brings a natural feel to homes. For those of us living in urban areas, incorporating greenery will create a visual breath of fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of city life!
Our Gustavian Greenery Moodboard includes imagery from:
For more inspiration for Gustavian style and interior greens, check out our Pinterest board!