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What’s Your Can’t-Do Decor Colour? I learned to like Mint Decor

Mint Green Hue - A range of Mint Tones

I’ve been studying colour psychology this past week in my course at ISCD and my most recent assignment was to think about – and then make a collage using – my most loathed colour. The purpose behind the exercise was to make you think about how you could come to like the colour, or at the very least appreciate it, if you were asked to use it in an interior design scheme by a client (a real ‘make it work’ moment). It didn’t take long for mint decor to come to mind as my most-loathed hue. The harder part was figuring out why I didn’t like it and then finding a way to appreciate it stylistically.

Vintage Kitchen with Mint Colour Finishes

I guess first and foremost, mint decor can be hard to implement. In terms of complimentary colours, it tends to be teamed with white, which makes for a very feminine vibe. It’s also somewhat soft and pastel in tone, which is something I never gravitate toward. I can never seem to escape the imagery of dental gloves that mint conjures up, either.

But, I had to find a way to appreciate it for this exercise. In exploring all of the imagery online, so much of it was of that soft, feminine nature I just mentioned. There was only one way to get me loving this shade and that was so apply it to my most adored interiors scheme; industrial!

Paper Pom Pom in Mint Colour

Industrial Stool from Retrojan in Colour Mint

Up popped this image of one of Retrojan’s stools, which seemed to give mint a new lease on life for me. Teamed with wood and metal and given a light sanding to channel a worn and weathered vibe, I came to see a side to mint I had not uncovered before. Dare I say it, I might actually like a mint a little. Who knew!?

Give this exercise a go yourself – it’s surprising what you can uncover.

Drop me a comment below and share your most-hated hue (you might end up becoming besties with it before you know it!).

Image credits for this post in chronological order: Etsy, Flickr, Etsy, Retrojan

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Comments (8)

  • Jacqui

    What a great exercise!
    I guess mine is poo brown, for obvious reasons! I also loathe apricot because 80’s homes are covered in Apricot.
    I’m also scared of using red, it’s such a strong colour & it stresses me out!

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    • tlcreative

      haha Apricot is probably my second most unloved colour. So very ’80s indeed!

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  • Chartreuse – lime with a tad too much yellow. So attention seeking!
    I have encountered this colour in bali style decorated homes (whole feature walls of it!) very unsettling.
    Becoming besties – I don’t think so!
    As a colour exercise I would team soft rosey pink, coral accents to tone down the yellow.

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    • tlcreative

      Yeah I can’t say Chartreuse is one of my friends either. It would have to be more of a subtle pop here and there with an indigo blue or something along those lines.

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  • Karen

    I agree, great exercise! Good to stretch the imagination. I cant get yellow right which is a shame because its so popular right now. Love gold, sunshine and daffodils though!

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    • tlcreative

      I hear you, Karen! I adore yellow. But choose the wrong shade and it can look a bit off. The bright yellows go well with blonde timber, white, blues etc. Very summery indeed!

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  • Dianna Wolfe

    Purple! Lavender, violet, any purple, oh no! I have used it recently with soft grey and crisp white. It was pretty, but no, never be bff’s with it! (Yes I saw the Pantone colour of the year – sigh!) 🙂

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    • tlcreative

      haha purple is such a polarising hue – people either love it or loathe it. It’s also a hard one to implement into a room – it’s either very girls or that Cadbury purple. Maybe Pantone will change your mind this year 😉

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