Marrs Green is officially the world’s favourite colour. Named after a fine arts graduate and UNESCO worker, Annie Marrs, polls were taken in a range of countries across several continents. The results found that Marrs Green was the “world’s” choice.
Judges required candidates to hover over an infinite spectrum of computer colours until they found the one that pleased them most. As you know, colours look different between screens; they also appear to change depending on lighting conditions, as seen in the photos of this blog. Some observers call it a shade of green, whilst others consider it a blue tone; both would be correct. Using more common parlance, commentators describe it as a deep teal.
While Marrs Green is now being defined formally, you will see many similar shades in daily life. Described as a natural colour reminiscent of the sea around Britain, our own belongings include: a pair of socks, a glass kitchen splashback, our family car, my son’s pyjama trousers, a toilet seat, towels and tea towels, ear-rings and vases. Marrs Green and its neighbouring shades are indeed used widely.
Recent press coverage showed a whole room painted wholly in Marrs Green. We would agree – if you’re going to make it the principal colour, paint everything – the walls, the ceiling, the radiators, the cat, the skirtings, the doors and architraves – really make a statement. Usually, however, we would use it more sparingly against a neutral background.
the world’s favourite colour
We thought it interesting to find worthy team-mates for the world’s favourite colour. Below, we’ve put together various combinations of fabric samples with teal shades to see what works well. Traditionally, coral is considered the foil for teal, but pale greys, oranges and metallics (silver, gold and copper) are also stylish complements. If you look at a patterned fabric containing teal (as in the floral images below), you’ll see that designers have usually done the job for you; they pick colours that complement each other beautifully. See what you think …
Decorating with Marrs Green
If you want to introduce Marrs Green into your decorative scheme, follow the process in the gallery above. Get a big board (or a large offcut of wallpaper) and paint it with your proposed wall colour; we’ve chosen warm grey but you might be more daring. Then collect samples, whether fabrics, other paints, gloss white to represent a bathroom suite, wood, vinyl or carpet samples for the floor, and shades to represent your furniture and furnishings. Then, as a combination, see what works for you.
Marrs Green is fantastic. I hope it continues to gain in popularity and proves to be truly the world’s favourite colour.
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