Tuesday 6 December 2016

In mint condition: Keep up to date with Spring/Summer's latest trend

Amanda Kavanagh

Published 27/03/2016 | 02:30

Sumiyoshido Kampo Lounge in Japan goes for mint with gusto
Sumiyoshido Kampo Lounge in Japan goes for mint with gusto

Though it can be grown indoors all year round, mint somehow seems to signal spring. As a colour, mint is an airy neutral with a feel good vibe that adds a lovely lift to any space. A huge trend in spring/summer homewares, mint works well with metallics, woods and white.

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Like any trend, it can be embraced either wholeheartedly or with some reserve. For one Japanese clinic, it's wholeheartedly, and then some. At the Sumiyoshido kampo lounge everything has a mint-green hue, including cabinets, counters, seating and light fixtures. Here, patients are invited to explore drawer upon drawer of herbal medicine and learn about their uses and traditions. Mint plays a part in giving the clinic a welcoming and healing air.

As a clinical practice rooted in plants, it's only fitting that the interior has been inspired by this zesty herb. Adjoining is the all-white acupuncture clinic. In this part of the building, the starkness of the bright green is offset with thick drapes and soft beds in white.

Closer to home, Dublin-based Roisin Lafferty of Kingston Lafferty Design champions the colour with clients, and in her own home, which features a mint green library, plus a mint bathroom with marble and vanity in complementary tones.

"Mint can be used sparingly or with gusto," Roisin agrees. "I have it covering my office walls with hints of gold detailing and it creates a calming backdrop to be surrounded by. The other benefit of mint is the freshness it creates; as well as luxurious rooms mint is perfect for bathrooms."

Roisin continues, "Pastels can be seen as feminine, however mint is more versatile. It is a subtle pastel tone that lends itself to interiors very well. For me it is a positive colour that reinforces calm and serenity. It takes on the positive connotations that come with green colours, but has a subtlety and innocence."

Roisin offers some advice to those interesting introducing the colour. "To avoid mint appearing flat, seek tones that use texture and pattern. Marble and stone detailing are a great way to add depth and interest. I have used it in an en-suite bathroom, combining pencil marble mosaics and a mint vanity unit."

Metallics are mint's perfect partner. "Combine mint with brass, gold or copper to accentuate and contrast," she recommends. "It's a combination that screams luxury and sophistication."

Amanda Kavanagh is editor of Image Interiors & Living magazine

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