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Calming beauty: the rise of muted greens

Muted organic greens are having a moment in Australian interior design. Find out why, and meet the four new Laminex decors that will help you bring these colours to life.

There’s a word in the German language, Waldeinsamkeit, that describes the serenity of being alone in a forest, deeply connected to nature. And while there’s no direct translation to English, it’s a feeling that outdoors-loving Australians undoubtedly relate to. Perhaps that’s why the beautiful muted greens of the bush have become so popular in Australian interiors, with architects and designers seeking to create calming spaces as antidotes to fast-paced modern life.

How muted greens are being applied

In a significant shift from the use of standard base neutrals in residential kitchens, these organic green tones are being used not just for cabinetry but colour-matched across materials and finishes, to create welcoming single-colour spaces. In residential bathrooms, where the key driver for architects and designers remains the creation of personal sanctuary, the combination of muted green cabinetry, sanitaryware in matte finishes and natural timber elements is a perfect palette.

A similar approach is being seen in commercial fit-outs, with muted green surfaces and timbers creating workspaces that are engaging yet calming. These green decors are also a natural fit for the spa and wellness sector, and are increasingly popular in hospitals and aged care facilities, where their effect on both patients and workers is highly desirable.

Laminex Bayleaf and the house that floats on a river of colour

One of four new Laminex decors developed to help designers bring muted greens into interior spaces, Laminex Bayleaf features prominently in a uniquely beautiful project – a houseboat refurbished by Adelaide interior architecture and design studio Fabrikate. Conceived as a weekender for a Mildura-based couple and their son, the boat offers 360º views of its surroundings on the Murray River, with an interior designed to be seamless in the landscape.

Bayleaf, a soft, natural mid-tone green with a touch of grey, was specified as a match for the dusky green eucalypts that line the riverbanks. In combination with the natural timber tones of Laminex Silky Maple, benchtops in Laminex White and upholstery in caramel and pale neutral tones, the effect is stunning. You can read the full story, and see more photos, here.

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The new muted greens from Laminex

Laminex Bayleaf is joined by three more muted green decors, each with its own unique character. Laminex Seed was inspired by tree foliage. It’s a delicate yellow-green neutral with earthy undertones and a beautiful depth that’s not overwhelming, so it’s a good choice to be featured as a hero colour.

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Above: Laminex Seed.

Laminex Spinifex is a soft organic green with a grey base. Its slightly fresh green tone aligns to contemporary interior styles and works well with light to mid-tone timbers. 

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Above: Laminex Spinifex

And Green Slate is a rich, warm-based green tone that’s been seen in the fashion and paint industries. It will stand alone as a hero colour and is a great complement to architecturally inspired timber surfaces like Laminex Raw Birchply.

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Above: Laminex Green Slate.

Laminex Bayleaf, Seed and Spinifex are available now. Laminex Green Slate will be available from April 2019. To request a sample, click here.