The most important colour in the universe

Green is the most versatile colour on earth. Take nature for example, where it is the backdrop for absolutely everything. Not a single colour clashes with it. In fact, every colour in nature sits with it in perfect harmony. Apart from the fact that green is most definitely my favourite colour, it is the reason why it is the most important colour for me. You won’t find a single Rachel Bates scheme that does not have an element of green within it, no matter how big or small.

You often find that when you build a scheme in multiple different colours, there is something missing in the end. If it is a design without green, then that is usually the missing secret ingredient. Remedying this may be as simple as introducing fresh plants and flowers, to inject the necessary balance.

Alternatively, you may add some vases, table lamps, or a cashmere throw to create the balance. At the end of the day, no scheme is complete without an element of this unique hue. In your own homes, you probably have a little green in each room without even realising it, so take a look around and see if you have. If you haven’t, add some for balance. You’ll find it completes your space. Green also creates a lovely, calming effect and projects a fresh feeling in any space where it is used.

Green chair with a cashmere throw and Ormonde Jayne Candles

My passion for green can be seen within the Rachel Bates paint collection. This has been designed in collaboration with The Little Greene Paint Company. The "Jewel collection" encapsulates 10 glorious jewel-like tones, all synonymous with the Rachel Bates look. Four colours out of the 10 are in fact green, Apple House, Rococo Green, Constance and Duffy.

This is because you can never have enough tones and shades of green and in my view, it is the most important colour in the universe. When my paint collection grows and is extended to 20 or 30 colours you will most probably find that further shades of green are introduced to the palette.

 Rachel Bates Green Paint

The colour green, attributed as a relaxing colour that is pleasing to the eye, is said to have healing powers.  

So what happens to your body in the presence of green? Your pituitary gland is stimulated. Your muscles are more relaxed and your blood histamine levels increase, which leads to a decrease in allergy symptoms and dilated blood vessels, aiding smoother muscle contractions.

In short, green is calming, stress-relieving and paradoxically, invigorating. It has been shown to improve reading ability and creativity. Perhaps that is subconsciously why the Rachel Bates Interiors showroom is painted green. Maybe it is just because I love the colour more than any other.

Rachel Bates Green Living Room Layout

Throughout history, the colour green has represented various things.

It signifies balance, nature, spring, fertility and rebirth. It is the symbol of prosperity, freshness, progress and safety.

Green attributed to Royalty & Class:

The colour and material used in Elizabethan Clothing were extremely important. So much so that the people who could wear the colour green was dictated by English Law called the Sumptuary Laws.

The colours of Elizabethan clothes, provided information about the wealth, status and social standing of the man or woman wearing them. The meaning of colours during the Elizabethan era represented many aspects of their life - the social, religious, biblical and Christian symbolism was reflected in the colour green. 

This is a common reoccurrence in history, in Aztec culture, green was considered to be royal because it was the colour of the quetzal plumes used by the Chieftan's. Green was also the favourite colour of George Washington, the first President of the United States.

Princess Catherine wearing green

From representing mysticism in the stories of King Arthur to jade stones representing virtue and beauty, there are so many meanings recorded for the colour green. Simply put, I love it because it brings equilibrium in all things, nature, fashion, design & interiors. To me, it is the most important colour in the universe.

My parting advice is to experiment with green. Enjoy adding it to your home and discover the difference it makes to both your environment and your wellbeing.

Just don't drink too much of it in the form of Absinthe! Instead, I would wholeheartedly recommend, you indulge in a beautifully chilled glass of Champagne Laurent-Perrier, sipped delicately from a stunning Rachel Bates, Lacecap Hydrangea, Champagne Coup. The Emerald colour crystal, obviously.