Is green the new grey?

Is Green the New Grey?

This article first appeared in the Winter 2017 edition of our Cwtch Magazine. Please click on the thumbnail above to read it as it appeared in the magazine.


Forget pinstriped suits, today's estate agents do more than simply value your home. Nathan and Sian of CPS Homes are re-defining the advice you'll receive on how to maximise the value of your home.

Cwtch asks Nathan and Sian whether it really is out with the grey and in with the new 'Hue'?

Ever since Pantone announced their colour of 2017 was 'Greenery', we've been wondering whether green really could be as versatile and as Instagram-able as our favourite grey hues? Well, after much retail and Pinterest therapy, Nathan Walker, one half of our Home Interiors Panel, believes "Yes! Yes it can. Forget orange being the new black," he enthuses. "Green is most definitely the new grey."

It took quite some doing, but grey can be attributed to knocking our beloved magnolia off the top spot. Its versatility ranges from the subtle to the dramatic. That isn’t the only reason that Sian Hiatt, from our panel, needs a little more convincing that green is the new grey?

"Grey is just so multifunctional," says Sian. "It can create depth and warmth in a room."

Sian isn’t the only one who agrees. Charlotte Cosby, Creative Head at Farrow and Ball, credits the diversity of grey with its mass appeal.

So can green be used in the same way?

"Green can definitely be used to the same effect," defends Nathan. "I’ve seen it in both contemporary and more traditional settings, looking equally at home. Just like grey, it can either highlight or low light and can look amazing as part of a colour clash.” "Unlike grey," Nathan does concede, "green tends to stay at the cooler end of the colour spectrum, so pairing it with warmer tones like pink works well to give a balanced look."

A quick Pinterest search does furnish Cwtch with some lovely examples of dark olive greens. In fact, one image of the Leicestershire-based DeVol’s classic kitchen in an emerald green has been pinned over 18,000 times.

"This isn't surprising," admits staunch grey lover Sian. “There is a continuing trend for gold and brass accessories, lighting and kitchen/bathroom fittings. And I admit the contrasting rich greens really allow the brass to 'pop'..."."...especially when paired with a cool white marble worktop," adds Nathan.

"So many people are in love with the simplistic beauty of Scandinavian-inspired interiors - usually grey. Can green really offer the same?", queries Sian

"Absolutely," Nathan retorts. "A pale sage green would look as fresh and as at home in any modern 'scandi' interior, especially when mixed with an oak floor or worktop."

Going Green – The Cwtch Shopping List

Love botanicals?

The trend has been slowly growing in popularity. Try Farrow and Ball’s “Breakfast Room Green” for a vibrant take on a botanical shade.

Prefer paper to paint?

Cole & Sons and Designers Guild stock a varied choice of botanical prints to use either all over or sparingly on a feature wall.

Rather just dip your toe?

High street heroes such as H&M Home and John Lewis have plenty of green soft furnishings and accessories that will add a summery touch to your home.

And as for avocado?

Farrow and Ball's "Yeabridge Green" is the modern version of the old 1970's colour classic. Pair with deep blues such as their "Hague Blue" for a contemporary look.

Home staging advice is included as standard within our sales packages. If you’re thinking of selling your home, call Nathan and Sian on 02920 45455 or email us at You can also visit us today in one of our three Cardiff branches in Cathays, Cardiff Bay and Roath.

22 November 2017


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