Pantone Color of the Year
At the end of last year, just a few short weeks ago, Pantone announced the 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery, which they described as a “A refreshing and revitalizing shade, symbolic of new beginnings. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.” While it took me a minute to absorb the sheer power of this color – this is not a subtle hue – it started to grow on me, especially as I explored how such a bold shade could be used in the decorating world.
One of the first things I discovered was that Greenery plays surprisingly well with other greens - these are nature's neutrals after all. Pair this shade with teal, emerald and celadon and you'll get a really refreshing color palette that feels very new and very “now”.
Mid-century modern décor elements are the perfect way to sneak some fresh “greenery” into your home. Offset this strong shade with lots of white to keep your space fresh and uncomplicated.
A bolder approach pairs a green palette with the graphic power of a black-and-white checkerboard floor or rug. Note also the lush tropical foliage, a wonderful way to keep this happy summertime shade in your home, even in the dead of winter.
I am particularly fascinated with the use of a green color palette for tiles and floors. Pantone points out that the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate, so it makes sense to use these colors in bathrooms and spas.
If all of the above is just a bit much to commit to, start off with a smaller dose of color: a collection of green glass or pottery pieces will make an immediate impact – just make sure to keep them grouped together. A classic decorator's trick is to create a simple ”mound of moss” in a pretty container as a table or mantel centerpiece, this touch of color will instantly give your room a facelift.
Greenery is also part of a larger 2017 Pantone Fashion Color Report, including Kale. Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. While I personally despise the eponymous vegetable, I have fallen in love with this intriguing and dramatic shade.
Kale takes the concept of “bring the outdoors in” to a whole other level, this color feels crisp and cool – a breath of fresh air.
Finally, Kale has the potential to pair up with some unusual friends, for truly original and intriguing color combos: try marrying Kale with yellow gold, salmon pink, and a touch of coral – simply sublime. Ultimately, think of these color reports not so much as a dictum but as an invitation to approach and explore color in your environment with new eyes, to play and experiment, and discover your own personal palette. Thank you Pantone!