Okay so I did see it coming, the trend towards dark emeralds and forest greens, but what I was surprised to see, was that suddenly, forest green is available as a standard upholstery fabric.
As standard as grey.
My sister Elizabeth and I were in IKEA yesterday choosing some storage for her living room and here was one of their wing chairs in a forest green, rayon upholstered velvet:
At IKEA, they are calling it Dark Green. Maybe the copywriters are older and just couldn’t type the words forest green, haha.
West Elm came straight out and called it Forest Green. Perhaps the copywriter was a millennial who simply wasn’t traumatized by all the pink and forest green from the 80s like I was.
When we were in Dallas last month, we dined in two restaurants where forest green and pale pink was the primary colour scheme:
Photo by Maria Killam
Pink, is definitely here to stay as a trend colour. And a trend colour generally has a minimum shelf life of about 10 years. It arrived first on the scene a few years ago already.
I posted about how we had started to see pink as a trend colour for exterior almost two years ago here.
Forest green was considered so neutral in the 80s that it was a standard window colour. There are still many apartment buildings in Vancouver with pink stucco and forest green windows. After all stucco doesn’t seem to need painting like wood. It seems to only gets painted once it really gets dirty or if someone really dislikes the old colour.
This past Friday, Terreeia, Kelly and I had a lovely lunch at the Botanist in downtown Vancouver. And again, we have dark forest and emerald greens along with pink!
Here’s a picture of my amazing design assistant Kelly Parkinson and I at lunch:
Kelly Parkinson and Maria Killam
Over to you my lovelies, are you on board? If you already had forest green and pink in your house from the 80s, would you do it again?
Who’s already incorporated pink and forest green into your decor?
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