Winter Trends – Pt 2 Green & Gold

This colour combination used to be something I avoided at all costs. The accounts below will give you an insight into my first impressions of green and gold as a specific visual communication.

It began as a 7 year old child circa 1983, I was swept up in the swell of patriotic pride of Australia winning the Americas Cup. I remember being take to the Royal Exhibition Building on a family outing to see the victorious yacht with its famed winged keel. I was bought a pint sized bright yellow windcheater with a green boxing kangaroo emblazoned on its front. This windcheater was signed by the entire crew of the Australia 2 (insert super proud Dad moment here) and is now some kind of family heirloom. There is not one image of the design I can find online, so I asked my Mum to take a photo of the original. Thanks Mum!

I refused to let her wash or iron it 🙂

Then there was the ’84 Olympics. Where there’s a WILL there’s a way to L.A. (see commemorative tea towel below). We saw more Green & Gold, combined with our new mascot Little Willy, a cartoon character Koala wearing a green and gold tracksuit. I had a soft toy of Willy wearing the tracksuit. Come to think of it, I also had a soft toy of Matlida the 1982 Commonwealth Games mascot. She didn’t have a tracksuit, but she did wear a gold medal.

Album cover for The Little Willy Band – Where There’s A Will There’s A Way – Fable – 1983
 Adman Peter Best wrote it and proceeds from the sale of the disc went towards sending athletes to the L.A. Best went on to work on film soundtracks like Muriel’s Wedding, Crocodile Dundee and Bliss. Audio link at the end of this article 🙂 I KNOW!!!

It would be many years before I could consider Green & Gold capable of being anything more than a tacky representation of national pride. And many more again before I would consider it capable of approaching anything close to sophistication.

Welcome to the current day! And the age of making friends with Green & Gold. It’s kind of a personal renaissance…

Recently in life I learned that Green & Gold could be so much more. green could be foliage, or a cushion. It doesn’t have to be an outline of a boxing kangaroo. And learned that gold could be furniture, a frame, a vase or charger plate. This changed everything. Now I find them quite enchanting as a combination. The lesson here is: “When in doubt, change the context!:-) Do some research! Break down your own stereotypes. Be brave and be prepared to be wrong… I was wrong. I spent so long rejecting it. I wonder now what other wonders I have shut down from my life based on my early conclusions in life?

Once I began to unlock the mysteries of green and gold as a beautiful duo, I found more evidence. I started searching for more and more examples to bolster my confidence and transition away from my haunted 80’s past. Just in case you see yourself in any of this story, I have made a Pinterest Board for us both to use as therapy.

Pantone’s colour of the year ‘Greenery’ has been a big influence on this trend across all design industries from print and fashion to interiors, events and technology.

Hello Pantone Colour of the year!

Again, greenery and foliage are heroes of this trend and work as a print or graphic as well as actual plants. Secondary elements like concrete and marble are great additions too.

Deep Green is a stunning as a wall colour and very much at home in a ‘luxury palette’ with metallic gold highlights and accents.

In events we are seeing a massive injection of green. Lush, tropical plants, green walls, suspended installations and bold prints in textiles. Furniture has a large range of options in both green and gold so you can tip your feature balance in either direction! Additions in gold are added via a lighting feature, furniture trim, brass details, vases, frames and tableware such as charger plates and cutlery. Interior designers are loving feature walls and rooms in rich deep greens.

It spans eras, styles and genres as well: 70s, Medieval, Deco, Nouveau, Nature and Formal/Classic to name a few.

So much 70’s inspiration going on here. Get inspired!


Game of Thrones rockin’ the Green & Gold


Art Deco
Art Deco building facade


art nouveau.jpg
Art Nouveau illustration


Peacock glamour


Free flowing greenery and flowers in a classic gold bowl

Article continued… says: Dark shades of green will become the new must-have dark interior colour as we say goodbye to navy and midnight blues.

“Dark green as a paint colour for rooms such as a bedroom creates a wintery Scandi backdrop for tan leathers, reindeer furs, brass lamps and natural linen. Used in a feature armchair or cushions and decor items as an accent, it adds depth and can bring in the colours from the outdoors.”

According to celebrity interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, green is “strong again.”

Further references…

For more detailed information regarding Australia’s sporting mascots from the 80s. Please continue enjoying yourself via the links below. I did!

Where is Matlida now?

RareCollections – Unbreakable Olympic Records –  Listen to the audio here at around 5mins 20secs:

Check out 40ft Matilda on the go at the opening ceremony!:


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s