Image showcases one of Cherie Barber’s renovation projects.

The all-powerful colour kings at Pantone recently announced ‘greenery‘ as the colour of the year for 2017.

So naturally, you should start painting your walls, reupholstering your furniture and buying all new decorative items of this colour – just kidding.

But if you DO want to try the trend, renovation expert Cherie Barber, has shared her low to no-commitment tips, as well as what not to do…

#1 Pick some plants

“There are many hardy succulents in vibrant green, such as aloe vera, echeveria bella and jade.” says Cherie. “Think compact succulents in simple stone or ceramic pots, clusters of different varieties, or larger versions in a big pot or urn. ”

Cherie’s top plant pick? “The waxy, ornamental leaves of a monstera palm look great in a big pot. ”

#2 Try some towels 

If you have a white bathroom, making use of vibrant towels and accessories is a great way to partake in the greenery trend.  Cherie recommends, “A simple white orchid in a citrus green pot, a scented green candle, or luxurious striped Missoni towels in rainbow colours with lashings of green.”

Renovating? “In a white tiled bathroom, you could even introduce it as a small tiled alcove”, says Cherie.

#3 Style with fruit

Easily add a touch of ‘greenery’ to your kitchen by making use of green fruits. Cherie suggests “a white bowl or black platter of limes”, but you could also try green apples, pears or avocados.

“Or if you’re feeling daring, how about the cheeky Smeg 50s retro style fridge in citrus green [for your kitchen]?” says Cherie.

#4 Embrace botanical patterns

“Whether it’s cushions, a drum lamp shade, or a feature wallpapered wall” – some botanical pattern will add life to your living room.  For the best results, keep in mind that ‘greenery’ will work best “as a highlight colour, against a neutral backdrop”, says Cherie. “[Or] for a retro bent, it works well with orange and yellows.”

 What Cherie wouldn’t do…

“It’s a bold colour, so I’d steer away from using it as a block colour on any large surface – eg. bathroom floor tiles, kitchen splash back or as a feature wall.”

Cherie has just launched a new online property course, Interior Design for Profit, which focuses on interior design and home staging for a profit. You can learn more about it here.

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