Colour Your World | #14 Pantone Woodbine

The 14th colour in my spring/summer 2015 colour series is ‘Pantone Woodbine’.

I LOVE this colour. It’s a little greener than it’s yellow-rich counterpart — chartreuse — and it’s one of my favourites to wear. I would perhaps call it ‘olive green’ rather than Woodbine though.

But hey — who am I to argue!?

Leatrice Eisman from The Pantone Institute describes it as:

‘A tropical green that could best be described as nature’s neutral. A classic yellow-green that could be used with anything and everything’.

‘Pantone Woodbine is a hue of foliage, grass and growing plants. Inexorably linked to our sense of smell; Woodbine is evocative of a freshly mown lawn or a flourishing palm frond.’

Ive already got quite a lot of this shade in my wardrobe so I thought I’d take a look at homeware this time.

When I look at this colour it immediately transports me back to the 1980s. It’s reminiscent of avocado bathroom suites and vintage Tuppaware that my mum used to have.

It’s lovely to see it making a little comeback in modern home furnishings and accessories though! That said, the lamp and vase  in the grid below take me straight back to being a child again.

Colour Your World in Pantone Woodbine

Pantone® Woodbine

1. Plera Pendant Light — Wayfair
2. Clock, London Clock Company — John Lewis
3. Green Carine Vase — Habitat
4. Chartreuse Pouffe — Marks & Spencer
5. Linear Stem Cushion, Orla Keily — Amara Home
6. Parsley Fennel Print — John Lewis
7. Rufus Chair — Made.Com
8. Lime Roberts Radio — Go Electrical

I have put a little board together with some more ‘Woodbine’ inspired picks and one of my favourite images on there is a lifestyle shot by Multiyork.  It offers a perfect example of how this shade can be styled for modern day living.

Gorgeous deep green walls, lifted with botanical inspired prints. I think in this case, more is definitely more and it works beautifully.

venice burghley lifestyle

As I was pinning to the board it made me realise just what Leatrice Eisman meant by ‘a colour that can be used with anything and everything’.

It has been paired with Calamine pink, the deepest charcoal grey, moody blues and vibrant raspberry.

And it works perfectly with all of them.

It’s a rare thing to find such a versatile colour, that’s for sure. I think we’ll be seeing more of it as the year rolls on. Pop along to the Pinterest board to have a look at Pantone Woodbine in action.

The next colour in the series is:


Follow The Twinkle Diaries’s board Colour Your World | #14 Pantone Woodbine on Pinterest.

This post was written in collaboration with Multiyork but all thoughts and words, as ever, are my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 25th Aug 2015 / 12:16 pm

    I think this is my favourite colour so far (although I have that thought every time you publish a Pantone post!) I find it a very comforting colour to look at.

    I’m massively in love with the Parsley Fennel print from John Lewis and am wondering if I could convince hubs to buy it for our wedding anniversary! Xxx

    • 25th Aug 2015 / 5:17 pm

      I love it too. When I was pinning to the Pinterest board I just couldn’t believe how versatile it was in an interior setting. Just gorgeous!! The print is lovely isn’t it — good luck in persuading him! ;) xx

  2. 25th Aug 2015 / 5:07 pm

    Well I just learnt something new. My 3 yo always asks me what is my favourite colour, to which I reply ‘green’. Next time I’ll say woodbine. We have this shade all over our house: our sofas, accent chair, accessories in our kitchen… To me this colour represents the beauty of nature. It works wonderfully with raw wood pieces, and of course an indoor rainforest, well a splash of indoor plants anyway. Try telling my husband that less is more?! Loved this post xx MMT

    • 25th Aug 2015 / 8:12 pm

      Aah I LOVE this comment!!!! And what a fab colour to have all over your house too!! When I started pinning on the Pinterest board I fell head over heels with it! I have quite a lot of chartreuse in the home but not this Woodbine shade — I need to rectify this!! And nope — in this instance — more is most definitely the way forward! ;)

  3. 25th Aug 2015 / 9:59 pm

    The Bavarian is a BIG fan of this shade of green, being a hunter and angler. So far it’s use has been limited to outdoorsy stuff. If he knew you could get modern furniture, prints, lamps, etc in it he’d probably deck out the whole house in it. I’d better not show him that photo of the all green room!

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 9:37 am

      Clever Bavarian :) If my husband loved this colour so much I would *definitely* be ‘allowing’ him to have it in the house!!! ;)

  4. 26th Aug 2015 / 7:02 am

    We had that avocado bathroom in our first house, it was the first thing we changed. I have avoided that colour ever since. But this feels warmer than that stark green. This looks softer and more welcoming. I love the Orla cushion and Rufus chair, but not together obviously ha! I also like the clock and print which makes me think I need to visit John Lewis soon. A lovely post Caro and I am looking forward to Sandstone, I love that palette. Thank you for hosting xx

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 9:36 am

      Thanks Lisa — yes — the avo bathroom suite is enough to give anyone nightmares!!! This colour has totally redeemed itself in my eyes :)

  5. 26th Aug 2015 / 7:22 am

    What a fabulous series! I may have to pick some of my favourite Pantone colours next year and share them too. It’s funny that this colour made you think of your childhood because it did exactly the same for me! My parents had an avocado bathroom suite which gives me chills just thinking about it. But I LOVE that picture from Multiyork – I wouldn’t have thought to pair all those colours together but it looks fresh and modern and so effective #HomeEtc

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 9:35 am

      Just lovely isn’t it? That Multiyork pic is inspired — well done to the stylist who created that shot! Lovely layering of colour :)

  6. 26th Aug 2015 / 7:53 am

    Gorgeous colour, and I think it looks so good in the home. My mum adores green, I’ll be showing her this later and I know she’s going to want it all! I especially love that pendant light, fabulous shape x

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 9:34 am

      Aaah me too — it’s a beautiful shade as well. So fresh and calming :)

  7. 26th Aug 2015 / 10:44 am

    Isn’ t it amazing that there’s an entire generation of us (probably two generations in fact!) who know all too well about avocado bathrooms. Was every bathroom avocado at one point? This is a really gorgeous colour though, rich without being garish. Off to have a mosey around your Pinterest board X

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 12:19 pm

      HA! Nope. We had an *attractive* ‘Camay soap’ pink in my parents’ bathroom!!! With matching tiles!!!!!! Eurgh. Shudder the thought!! :)

  8. 26th Aug 2015 / 10:59 am

    The colour is really lovely. I’m not sure I’d be OK with furniture in the colour but love the accessories like the cushions and lamps you’ve shown #HomeEtc

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 4:37 pm

      Gorgeous isn’t it? I’d absolutely love a chair in that shade :)

  9. Jen @ 4,128 miles
    26th Aug 2015 / 11:38 am

    I’ve never really considered Woodbine as an interiors colour. I wonder if I play it too safe? It’s gorgeous – that room setting by Multiyork is fab. It is such a gorgeous and interesting neutral for a wall colour. I love the accessories too, but I’m totally sold on it for a wall colour! Oh if only I had a wreck of a house to be doing up! I’ll have to be happy with dreaming! #homeetc

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 12:16 pm

      I’ve got a lot of chartreuse in my own home but nothing as ‘green’ as this — I LOVE it. LOVE the Multiyork shot too; those lovely moody walls. Just gorgeous!! :)

  10. 26th Aug 2015 / 12:17 pm

    Great post! This s a colour I would never have thought of using before but feeling inspired now-thanks! x

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 1:53 pm

      Aah thanks so much Kaleigh — it’s really gorgeous isn’t it?! Such a fab colour!

  11. Sammy at Seize each day
    26th Aug 2015 / 1:09 pm

    What a lovely post and I’m loving that colour too – how can it not look totally gorgeous. Well styled as you say by that clever Multiyork person.
    Very inspiring Caro.
    I’m linking up with #HomeEtc & thanks for co-hosting with lovely Jess.
    Sammy xxx

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 1:55 pm

      Thanks so much Sammy! I art directed for many years and very often the buyers were very strict about what we could and couldn’t do with the product. To see a shot like this is a real joy!! Properly Pinterest worthy and so inspirational — more like an editorial shot that a selling shot! Just fabulous! :)

      • Sammy at Seize each day
        26th Aug 2015 / 2:00 pm

        Oh were you, how fabulous! Oooh yes definitely Pin-worthy as you say x

        • 26th Aug 2015 / 4:19 pm

          I was indeed — and it was a fun, fab job too :)

          Although seeing that Multiyork shot got me thinking back to some of the rows I’d have with buyers, who wouldn’t let us do beautiful things with the product!! Either things have moved on a LOT with the advent of Pinterest or buyers are finally learning to trust art directors and stylists!! ;)

  12. 26th Aug 2015 / 1:54 pm

    I love the colour woodbine and how on earth did you manage to choose so many gorgeous picks? Awkward colour to find I would imagine! You are so right – it absolutely does transport you straight back xx

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 4:23 pm

      Haha! Bless you for picking up on that!! Sometimes when I look at a colour, the more challenging it is, the more I like finding product to suit it!!!

  13. 26th Aug 2015 / 3:03 pm

    Woodbine – what an interesting name. Green in not just green! You’re right, it does make you think of 80s bathrooms, but the products you have chosen look much more on trend. There’s something very natural about the colour, would go well with bamboo type furnishings I think. Sabrina x #HomeEtc

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 4:12 pm

      It’s a fab shade isn’t it? Absolutely gorgeous. Totally natural but would look great in a more industrial setting too — polished concrete and copper lighting springs to mind! Just lovely!

  14. 26th Aug 2015 / 4:00 pm

    Funny but I’ve never really considered using shades of green in the home – like you said I think it reminds me of avocado bathrooms in the 80s too much! But I’m loving the collection you’ve put together – especially the chair and cushions. As you say though, I would definitely call it olive! Looking forward to next week’s colour – I’m currently planning a bedroom makeover using that tone. Thanks again for hosting x

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 4:36 pm

      Are you???! Aaah that’s interesting — I was going to do kids-wear for the next shade but I may just create a bedroom inspired story just for you!! :) x

  15. 26th Aug 2015 / 5:01 pm

    This reminded me of the bathroom suite we had when we first moved in. That was teamed up with bright pink wallpaper.

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 6:23 pm

      My initial thought to that is YUK!??!! Although having seen the Woodbine shade teamed — very successfully — with pink on Pinterest, maybe they were on to something!! ;)

  16. 26th Aug 2015 / 6:16 pm

    Ha ha, I love the comments on this post! It seems that 90% of us grew up with an avocado bathroom suite!! My parents’ one came complete with mottled green carpet and ‘fake green marble’ laminate vanity unit with louvre doors!! It was the height of style I tell you!! Perhaps this is what inspired us all to be homes bloggers in the first place! Coincidence?! I have to say, green is never my favourite colour when it comes to home decor but I have seen some seriously inspiring green rooms in blogland of late and it’s making me re-consider. I often think what I really need is several houses so that I can pick a different decorating style for each and indulge all my desires!! Love your ideas and fabulous finds xx

    • 26th Aug 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Thanks lovely — and well done at being our winner this month! Well deserved :) I really love green in interiors but my choice is more of an eu de nil shade — more like we’ve used in our bathroom. We’ve got quite a lot of that — together with F&B french grey which has a really green tone — dotted all over house. Having said that I’ve got quite a lot of chartreuse which is similar to the Woodbine colour. The more I see this though, the more I LOVE it :)

  17. 26th Aug 2015 / 7:07 pm

    Oh it’s very sophisticated. Lovely colour. That pouffe and cushion are amazing!! I do like greens and shades of it, as it feels calming and very natural :) Jess xx


    • 1st Sep 2015 / 10:11 am

      It’s lovely isn’t it? I’m a fan of green in the home too — although I generally go for a greyer tone. LOVE this though :)

  18. Jenny
    27th Aug 2015 / 5:39 pm

    I never knew it was called woodbine, I do love green and that’s the same colour we’re using in our bedroom and various bits of decor throughout the house. We haven’t finished our bedroom yet, there are still walls to paint, but I think woodbine may be the colour to go with. :) x

    • 31st Aug 2015 / 10:44 am

      It’s such a lovely fresh shade. Have been loving seeing how people on Pinterest use it! Just gorgeous :)

  19. 27th Aug 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Love this colour – and yes, I think it’s better that you call it Olive rather than Woodbine when you wear it :) Thanks for hosting #homeetc

  20. 28th Aug 2015 / 3:59 pm

    I love this colour too. My Dad has just decorated his living room with this and it looks amazing- him and his wife have great interior design skills! xx

    • 31st Aug 2015 / 10:42 am

      Sounds like they have great taste as well as fab interior design skills! Your dad’s obviously been looking at the Pantone predictions for the year ;) xx

  21. 29th Aug 2015 / 10:30 pm

    I’m a little bit in love with your Pinterest ;) and this colour is lovely, very calming

    Stevie x #HomeEtc

    • 31st Aug 2015 / 10:39 am

      Aah thanks so much Stevie :) Pinterest is definitely my happy place!!! I absolutely love it :)

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