Green, it should be noted, is not easy. Even the more daring interior designers tend, in general, to play coy with green, relegating the hue to a subsidiary role in accent pieces. Green’s strong holiday associations, of course, may have something to do with it—there can be no Christmas without green, after all—but, in general, large doses of interior green are relatively rare, perpetually usurped by the always popular trifecta of red, yellow and blue. Lately, though, modern green seems to be emerging as a bold color choice in interior schemes, and the results, to our eyes, are undeniably refreshing.
Green is everywhere at the Drake Devonshire Inn, located in Wellington, Ontario. The once shabby bed and breakfast was recently given a complete makeover by Toronto studio +tongtong, The desired esthetic, according to the architects, was to reference a “tapestry of historical layers and styles, practical ad- hoc renovations, readily available building materials, and mismatched furnishings,” while making a strong contemporary statement. To that end, bespoke furniture and quirky antique markets finds are juxtaposed with neat modern accents, like Monocle Wall Sconces by Rich Brilliant Willing—along with conspicuous expanses of green.
Tom Dixon is one contemporary designer who has embraced green wholly, though judiciously. At No 2 Upper Riverside, a London apartment complex slated for completion in 2018, splashes of green make dramatic appearances amidst dark finishes and polished metallic details. An emerald green glass backsplash in the eat-in kitchen (which dazzlingly showcases his Lens Pendant Light) and iridescent green bathroom tiles illustrate the designer’s penchant for inserting touches of glamour into minimally furnished spaces.
Tom Dixon’s recent design of a bar inside London’s Bronte Restaurant reveals his fondness for green yet again, a color that shares billing with on-trend pink. Bespoke vivid green leather booths snake along the interior’s main wall, providing a decadent, glistening counterpoint to the light pink concrete bar on the opposite side. Dixon’s own chairs—wingback chairs upholstered in deep green and dining chairs covered in dusty rose fabric—complete the bar’s tableaux, along with the designer’s signature brass accents.
Paris’ Hotel Vernet recently celebrated a 100th birthday refurbishment, overseen by French interior designer Francois Champsaur, who also created most of the hotel’s new furniture. For the hotel’s restaurant, named The V, Champsaur designed a series of striking curved banquettes, sticking to a palette of blue and green. Elegant and inviting, Champsaur’s banquettes bear a distinctly Mid Century profile which, along with the V’s entire suite of modern furniture, is beautifully contrasted with the building’s classic Belle Epoque ornamentation.