Bringing green into your home with Jono Fleming
As the cooler months set in and we move towards an indoor way of life, it's the perfect time to bring nature inside.
According to interior designer and stylist Jono Fleming, the best way to do this is by greening up your space. Having spent many years shaping the pages of some of Australia’s leading lifestyle publications, and with a passion for making inspirational styles and trends achievable for everyone, we asked Jono to share some insider tips and tricks on how to pick that perfect shade of green and use it confidently throughout your home.
"Green is such a great base colour. It works in any season and with so many different shades available, there's a hue to suit any space." - Jono Fleming
“If you’re picking a single colour to highlight in your room, the key is to play on the different shades and tones. Explore light and dark and have fun mixing and matching. By doing this, the colour in your space will feel balanced and considered and you aren’t held to any one type of green ─ there are so many varieties to choose from.”
“Green pairs beautifully with warmer tones, from orange to light timbers and the ever-popular cane and rattan trends. Add pops of contrasting colours to balance the variety of greens in the space. But you only need a hint ─ let the greens be the hero. Timbers and natural materials, such as woven rugs and rattan pieces, can act as a neutral backdrop that makes your greens stand out and ties the whole look together.”
“Layering green on green is easy to do, just pick a few different shades and make sure you have a variety of textures to keep it visually interesting. It’s as simple as mixing cotton pillows, a linen doona and a textured wool throw over the end of the bed. If you’re wanting an extra pop of green, throw a pattered sheet in the mix to break up the block colours.”
Shop The Look: Vintage Washed Linen Quilt Cover and Pillowcases in Cypress, Vintage Washed Linen Sheets in White, Printed Fresh Bloom Sheet Set, Malmo Check Linen Cushion in Spice, Genoa Vintage Washed Linen Cushion in Pickle, Macrame Knot Throw in Forest, Wave Belly Vase in Seagreen, Wave Tall Vase in Seagreen, Stone Candle ‘Fresh Cut Gardenia’
“If you’re wanting a softer approach to introducing colour, add accents through smaller items, decor and accessories. A neutral space can be elevated through something as simple as complementary shades in towels and a matching floor mat. The more confident you feel using colour, the more you can add to your space.”
“The easiest way to experiment with green is to add some plants. Fresh trimmings from trees or a bush is one way to do it, but if you lack a green thumb, or your space doesn’t have any natural light (like some bathrooms) then add a bit of greenery with an artificial plant. It’s a guaranteed way to make a space feel more homely and these thrive on neglect ─ no watering required!”
Shop The Look: European Francis Turkish Cotton Towel Range in Seagrass, Gingham Towel Range in Eucalyptus, Tierra Forest Small Rug in Forest, Amira Stripe Side Table, Bonsai Plant, Lennox Potted Lattice Fern
“Adding green to your home doesn’t have to be daunting ─ start small with a plant and before you know it, you’ll be living in that indoor jungle! It’s such a versatile colour and can pair perfectly with so many other popular hues. Whether you like sage, olive, jade or forest, there’s a shade for everyone. Just don’t forget to layer textures and tones and you’ll be seeing green in no time.”