decor, inspiration

a good green

All the tiles in our inspiration board are from Douglas Jones. The paint swatches are from Dulux and the textiles from Home Fabrics.

House and Leisure art director Ian Martin loves to exclaim 'Ooh, now that's a good green!'. But what is a 'good green'? London-based interior designer Sophie Ashby of Studio Ashby is arguably the queen of good greens. Whether it's upholstery, a statement carpet, wall panelling, scatter cushions or even a few well-placed objets, she always seems to get it just right. One of our favourite projects from Studio Ashby is The Robertson Small Hotel: we adore the shade and choice of fabric for those vintage banana rocking chairs, the grey-green on the walls and the greens in the abstract artworks – all wonderfully reflected in the copper coffee table.
The Robertson Small Hotel, Robertson, South Africa.

This isn't the first time Studio Ashby has used greens so masterfully, either – it's introduced subtly and elegantly in many of their interior projects, a few of which you'll see below.
SBT apartment, Level 24, South Bank, London, UK.

One Crown Place Amenities, London, UK.

Like the look of this trend in your own home? To show you how to scout for greens locally, we've rounded up a few old favourites, as well as brand-new items, seen on the floor at the recent Design Joburg fair.
Zig chair by Gareth Henderson (GIH Studio), R7 500 – recently seen at his retail stand at Design Joburg.

&Tradition Flowerpot pendant R4 445, Créma Design. | The Klein Colours wall lamp in Green R5 500, Studio 19.

Austral hand-tufted rug in 75% wool and 25% vegetal silk (300x200cm) POR, Roche Bobois

SIM-PLY chair by Haldane Martin, launched at Design Joburg.

Hand-tufted, 100% woollen Liquorice Pacboy rug II by Renee Rossouw Studio R13 500, Design Store.