Watercress: a refreshing, leafy accompaniment to a salad, sandwich and your living room? Well if kale can ascend from the dinner table to the world of interior design then why can’t watercress?
Strong, refined and timeless, the olive green shade instantly elevates a room to sophistication. Read on for a selection of stunning watercress-hued spaces and furnishings for your inspiration.
When you think of a modern kitchen we bet that more often than not you envision a stark white room, all marble countertops and chrome finishes. Except this time the modern kitchen is a deep matte watercress, with gold accents and timber floors. Though the marble countertops endure, we love how the watercress and gold work together to create a modern opulence. For a truly contemporary vibe, temper this lavish color choice with simple, utilitarian handle-less cabinetry from NAKED Kitchens.
Do you ever find yourself struggling for extra storage space? Inspired by the classic trolley table, this Scandinavian-designed Block Table offers a playful solution to this dilemma. With its rounded shape and steel accents, it would make a fun and practical addition to a kids playroom, as seen in this Viennese family home.
The muted undertones of watercress make it the perfect moody color choice for a grown up study. Make like interior designer Gideon Mendelson and add soft plush furnishings in warm chocolate brown and cream shades to create coziness in a traditionally serious space.
A structural chaise lounge with a glossy black base offers a modern backdrop for the handsome watercress hue. Position next to a large glass window with a view for a dreamy afternoon nap spot.
Proving how remarkably versatile watercress can be, this bedroom is a fantastic example of how the masculine shade can be incorporated into a bright minimalist setting. In a neutral Scandinavian-inspired space, watercress is vibrant enough to serve as an unexpected design detail yet not so obnoxious as to take away from the intended simplicity of a utilitarian design choice.
Embrace the all-natural spirit of watercress with this beautiful spherical vase by AMARA. We’re particularly drawn to the contrast between the delicate handmade glass bowl and sturdy ash wood base. Fill with your favorite white petaled blooms to complement the simplicity of the design.
One reason why the watercress shade works so well in homes is due to its ability to play well with a range of both complementary and contrasting colors. In this kids bedroom designed by Frances Merrill for example, the hue acts as a basic canvas to layer in more striking reds, yellows and deep blues. Because watercress is such a timeless shade, all that’s needed to update the room when the kids grow up is a change of accessories. We hope they keep that hanging rattan chair though – no one’s ever too old for a hanging chair right?