Get Expert Tips in Our Colour Masterclass: Earthy Green

It wasn't difficult to get your head around the emerald trend - atmospheric, glamorous and luxe, the extension of the navy look has now been a popular choice for dining rooms, hallways and downstairs bathrooms for quite some time. However the new, earthy green shades popping up on Pinterest and Instagram are a little more challenging to incorporate into your home. We asked eight top paint brands how to make it work...

Eva, Resistance Matt Emulsion, 2.5L £38

Paula Taylor, Colour & Trends Specialist, Graham & Brown

“A rich foundation such as Eva will allow details and accent colours to feel crisp and defined. The Art Deco trend for example utilises dark outlines to pull forms from soft metallic shades for dramatic impact and a decadent feel. Reference this in your choices of furniture and home accessories, with clean outlines and jewel tones highlighted by brass accents and subtle geometric shapes.”

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Bancha, £46.50 for 2.5l Estate Emulsion

Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative, Farrow & Ball 

“This mid-century modern green is perfect for those who want to embrace stronger colour in the home, its olive tone creates rooms that feel calm and serene - especially when combined with soft pinks and browns like Setting Plaster and Salon Drab or the grey nuances of Shaded White.”

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Pressed Olives, V700 Premium Walls & Ceilings At £28 For 2.5L 

Sue Kim, Senior Colour Designer, Valspar

“Pressed Olives is a timeless shade that spans a spectrum of rich, warm and earthy tones. Think of it as the ‘new’ base colour for your interior needs, as it works perfectly in living spaces as a contemporary alternative to grey and complements stronger shades already in the mix. For a modern take on the trend, try pairing olive tones with brass accents to create an elegant, yet stylish, minimalist décor. Think bold and beautiful – pair it with pink! The two colours sit opposite each other on the colour wheel as a sophisticated duo and can work especially well in the bedroom.”

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Hunter Dunn, Pure Flat Emulsion, £49.50 for 2.5L

Andy Greenall, Head of Design, Paint & Paper Library

“Hunter Dunn is a deep, statement green named after John Betjeman's muse, Joan Hunter Dunn. This luxurious shade pairs well with the Stone architectural family of colours. Use it alongside Stone IV and Stone II to balance drama with sophisticated neutrals in an open-plan living space."

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Hobgoblin, Claypaint, £35 for 2.5L

Cathryn Helsby, Marketing Manager & Paint Expert, Earthborn 
"Hobgoblin is an easy-going green with a subtle hint of blue, perfect for creating a relaxed and positive space. It is surprising versatile and fast becoming one of our most popular colours. A deep tone, yet a cool colour, it is highly flattering in both north and south-facing rooms. This sophisticated green is ideal for bedrooms, dining rooms and bathrooms, sitting wonderfully alongside fresh greys like Tick-Tock or a warm mustard like Humpty Dumpty."

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Jewel Beetle, £50 for 2.5L

Ruth Mottershead, Marketing Director, Little Greene

Jewel Beetle, a charismatic, earthy green, is inspired by a costume that was immortalised in a painting of Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth in 1889. In the portrait, she is depicted wearing a fabulous dress ‘decorated with a thousand iridescent wings’ from the green jewel beetle, which has been painstakingly preserved by the National Trust. Jewel Beetle is a great anchor in a sumptuous, all-over colour scheme, and beautifully complements deep, natural tones.

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Hunter Green, Aura® Matte, £29 for 0.94L

Helen Shaw, Director Benjamin Moore UK

“Over the last six months, we have seen colour trends evolve, moving from deep blues into teals and now forest greens. Benjamin Moore’s Hunter Green 2041-10 showcases this change in trends; the bold and striking hue is the perfect choice when looking to bring a feeling of the outside in. The rich tone of forest green can often feel grounding in industrial, tech-heavy homes, working well to encourage a connection with nature. The classic tone is a reminder of our environment which can help us feel inspired, as well as bringing life to a room. Working well as a backdrop for many schemes, the versatile shade sits in the center of the colour wheel, effectively tying together eclectic schemes of varying hues.”

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Olive, £19.95 for 1L

Anne Sloane, Paint and Colour Expert, Annie Sloane

“Olive is the chameleon of the Chalk Paint™ palette. It can be a neutral, dropping into the background or it can be the shining star of a colour scheme” says Annie. “It’s warm, earthy, and mutable - a useful colour and real hidden gem. It’s a classical shade, but also works as an anchor for a cool 1950s mid-century modern colour palette when paired with harvest golds, oranges and pale blues. In this scene, with the matching ticking fabric it looks very traditional and demonstrates its aptitude as a hard-working neutral. Olive is a bit of a dark horse in the sense that you can easily forget how much interest and sophistication it brings to a space.”

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Khaki Twist, Matt Emulsion, £14 for 2.5L

Judy Smith, Colour Consultant, Crown

“Pale khaki is a restful colour that works particularly well in rooms with good natural light – the sunlight enhances and warms this softer tone and almost makes it glow. Khaki Twist has a neutral grey undertone, so it works naturally with soft greys, creating a combination that is extremely calming and peaceful. With this look, keeping to a tonal palette and painting woodwork the same colour as the walls, helps to give a harmonious and unbroken look – great for visually opening up spaces. Natural materials like wood, wicker and stone blend effortlessly with this palette.”

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