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Generally, I would say I’m an optimist, a glass half full kind of person. But today, I stepped in something I shouldn’t have.

A bad day was concluded with a mess on the sole of my shoe. While dragging one foot along the pavement in a vain attempt to remove said mess, and resembling an injured animal trying to escape its prey, I began to wonder where the luck of the Irish was when I needed it. Not that I’m Irish, but we all need the leprechauns touch once in a while.

Having returned home my thoughts, still on the Irish, turned to St Patrick’s day (once again to be celebrated next week on) and all things green. This spring, one of the popular themes trending are bright jewel tones, so aside from the obligatory green Guinness and four leafed clovers, I started to think that it may be time to introduce a little shot of emerald into my life too.

A vibrant hue such as emerald green looks wonderful mixed with many other colours, and is perfect for this season. Paint colours such as Dulux, Canadian Pine or Paradise Green 4, are great examples of this tone and work extremely well paired with another current trend – warm metallics.

I often find that a good way to introduce trends into the home is through smaller pieces and accessories, or accents that can easily be changed should one get bored. A whole room can alter quite dramatically with just a few cleverly placed items, and your home gets an instant update.

candleLook for items such as candles, that often come in different shades. For example, Diptique’s wonderful “Figieur” candle is available in a vibrant green glass container and Occa Home make something similar in a beautiful bright green. Deep, rich coloured upholstery fabrics also add a luxurious feel to any room and you can add scatter cushions for a small jolt of colour, or cover an armchair or sofa for a bolder statement. Schumacher’s Zebra Palm linen print, covers both the green and floral trends in one go. Zara Home has a range of emerald green glassware which is a fun and affordable way to update your dining table.

Semi-precious gemstones are also having a moment. Malachite – with its intense green colour can be seen incorporated into many interior themes this Spring. From exquisite desk accessories by L’Objet to bold statement wallpapers such as Malachite from the Fornasetti Collection by Cole and Son.

So hurry, get with the programme, invest in a little bit of something green, and soon your friends will go green too….. with envy.

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Images as they appear: Occa-Home, Malachite collection by L’Objet

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