Unlock the secrets of colour psychology and discover how to use the latest interior design colour trends to boost your mood, energy and spirit.

“We’re seeing a rise in the use of greens, creams and neutral tones being used throughout the home because of the refreshing and calming vibes these shades can bring to a room,” shares Tina Barkway, trading director at Aldiss in Norfolk. “It’s certainly one of the top colour palette trends for 2023.”

“Few realise the impact the right colour can have on their mental health, but adding in some cleverly placed pieces of furniture can brighten your home and have a positive effect on how you feel,” explains furniture buying director, Victoria Jackson.

Below, Tina and Victoria share their thoughts on the importance of using colour psychology when decorating and reveal how to create some stunning green looks in your home.

Q: What does the colour green symbolise?

A: Many associate the colour green with nature and therefore think of it as a calming and refreshing shade. Green is often used in medical settings to promote health and healing. It’s also a hue we use throughout daily life to symbolise safety and acceptance.

Therefore, we have many positive associations with the colour, which is why it can have such a revitalising effect on our mood when used in rooms throughout our home.

Q: What colours go best with green?

A: This will depend on the shade of green you choose. For bright and mint greens, consider using white, beige or cream to create a crisp, timeless look. Earthy green hues like sage, olive and moss, work well when paired with other faded shades like dusty pinks and light greys.

Dark greens are ideal for building a bold design or to use on a feature wall. For maximum effect, choose an emerald or forest green and team it with another jewel tone such as magenta, a deep red, mustard yellow or navy blue.

Q: What is the three-colour rule in interior design and why is it important?

A: The three-colour rule is a strategy you can use in any area of your home to create a balanced and harmonious design. The idea is in any one space you should never use any more than three colours, and each in a varying amount.

Fakenham & Wells Times: In your bathroom, choose cotton-soft green towels to add a splash of colourIn your bathroom, choose cotton-soft green towels to add a splash of colour (Image: Aldiss)

Select one colour as your main shade – this should be the one most prominently used. Then pick a second colour to complement, that is utilised slightly less than the first. Finally, choose a third colour to use as an accent shade to add depth and texture to the space, without overwhelming it.

Q: How can I incorporate green into my home décor?

A: There are many ways you can introduce the colour green into any room, using furniture and home accessories.   

  • For your bedroom – use green for your bedding set. You can find nature-inspired duvet sets in the William Morris collection, available at Aldiss.  
  • In your bathroom – choose green candles, bathroom accessories and high-quality, cotton-soft green towels to add a splash of colour. Top tip: buy a range of matching towels in a variety of sizes to suit your every need.
  • To create a gorgeous green living space – select green furniture like a plush armchair to create a cosy atmosphere. You can use decorative green cushions, linens and vases to easily breathe new life into your home.   
  • For a refreshing kitchen – use elegant emerald storage containers, green-tinted glassware and olive-glazed dinnerware to create a tranquil cooking and dining area.

Fakenham & Wells Times: Use decorative green accessories, like this vase from Aldiss, to breathe new life into your living areaUse decorative green accessories, like this vase from Aldiss, to breathe new life into your living area (Image: Aldiss)

Q: What other upcoming design trends can we expect to see in 2023?

A: Another way to bring the outdoors in and maximise the positive and calming effects of using green in your home, is with artificial flowers and plants.

Increasingly, people are using artificial foliage to liven up their home offices, bathrooms, living spaces and bedrooms. They are easy to care for, can be positioned anywhere, and look convincingly real.

It’s a fantastic way to rejuvenate your interior, help you de-stress, and enable you to enjoy every minute you spend in your home.

Visit aldiss.com to explore the complete range of green furniture and homeware accessories on offer at Aldiss, or stop by their stores in Norwich and Fakenham.