Lime. Chartreuse. Shamrock. Parakeet. Harlequin.
These are all names for a kind of colour that most of us know simply as ‘bright green’. It’s a colour reminiscent of recycling logos and and health tea boxes, Woolies packets and flubber (remember that?!). But over the past few years it’s also become a popular colour in the world of decor, and at Mungo it’s no secret that our textile designer Lenore Schroeder tries to sneak this shade into almost all of her products.
It’s not hard to see why. Despite being thought of by many as a loud, garish colour, in reality bright green is lot more versatile than most on the brighter spectrum of hues. Perhaps because of the colour of grass and foliage, there is something that seems more natural about it, allowing it to work with a lot of other shades and look almost organic in most settings. It’s a colour that comes to life in a house with a great collection of house plants, and in our age of environmental conscientiousness, now more than ever bright green is connotative of health, healing and new life.
Although it’s certainly not a choice option amongst the more meek and mild of home decorators, in actual fact a shade of bright green (specifically the one called ‘Greenery’) was named Pantone’s Colour of the Year in 2017. While bold and bright and zesty in a product like the Vadoek cloth in Dill and Pesto, this crisp colour can also bring a sense of soothing tranquility, as the Willow Weave in Citronelle does to a bathroom. There’s a reason actors and musicians hang out in a ‘green room’ before their performances – something about this colour brings a feeling of calm and quiet energy to a space.
It can also be a really wonderful colour to wear, with something like the Bamboo Infinity Scarf bringing some life to neutral clothes (especially if you have a nice pair of green eyes on you). The lush South Kikoi in Seaweed makes for a great textile companion to take on adventures out into the wild, the jungle green of its stripes an unusual colour to feature in comparison to traditional kikois. The Tawulo in Soleil, with its pastel blue accent stripes, is a similarly fresh and fun towel to take to the beach.
It may be everyone’s least favourite Jelly Tot, but bright green is a versatile and vibrant colour, and one that is definitely here to stay at Mungo. Its a great shade to get your hands on for summer, so be sure to check it out on our shelves next time you’re in store.