Each year, the folks at Pantone, the foremost color authority, determine a color of the year. They look for a shade that speaks to the current social, political, design and lifestyle environment. A few weeks ago, they announced the 2017 color of the year: greenery.
“Greenery burst forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Pantone’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman on Pantone.com.
I have to say that after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, a little rejuvenation and revitalization sounds pretty good. If you’re looking for ways to incorporate greenery in your home for 2017, then you’re in luck!
I talked to interior designers from around the country to get their tips and tricks for using Pantone’s 2017 color of the year in your home.
Make a Statement
Greenery is definitely an attention grabber. If you’re swooning over this bright, yellowy shade of green, then maybe you want to use it in a big way. Creating a focal point in a room will draw the eye and give the space a springy feel.
Larry Greene of Case Design and Remodeling says, “Our favorite way to use this color is definitely as a bold statement color for your walls. The color palette of greenery can be used on walls to create incredibly dramatic rooms.”
This Moroccan-inspired bedroom from Architectural Digest utilizes greenery to create a bold retreat. Notice that they paired the color of the year with deeper shades of green and neutrals. Because greenery draws from nature, it’s actually very versatile, but you want to be careful not to pile it on too thick.
Elizabeth Escobar from furniture retailer Nadeau’s Miami location puts it this way: “You don’t want to drown a room in this color. It can get very heavy and lose all of its freshness if you overdo it.”
Mixing in neutrals like gray and tan, as well as deeper shades of green, can keep your room feeling bright and lively.
If you like the impact of a greenery-colored wall but you’re not ready for the commitment, there’s another option for you. Meghan Adamo from France and Son says, “Whatever your level of dedication to greenery, there are a lot of different options. If you want a lot of green but are slightly commitment-phobic, you can use a temporary wallpaper like the one from Genevieve Gorder’s collaboration with Tempaper.”
This wallpaper packs a design punch with its pattern and color, plus it’s easy to remove. If you decide you want to step away from the trendy color, you can just peel it off the wall.
Keep It Simple
You can also use greenery to simply enhance your existing design. Adding smaller touches of Pantone’s color of the year can add a pop of brightness and a bit of freshness to your home.
To incorporate this color naturally, Greene suggests opting for accents. “The easiest way to do this is literally. Succulents and other greenery add life and interest to any room,” says Greene.
If you have a green thumb, bring some of the outdoors in with a houseplant or two. Don’t worry about the maintenance – houseplants come in all shapes and sizes. If you want something more hands-off, opt for an air plant terrarium.
Aside from actual greenery, you can bring this color in through other small decor pieces. Rugs, table settings, paintings and throw pillows can add a pop of color to an otherwise neutral room.
Michelle Berman from Nadeau says, “Greenery is a great color to add as an accent. Neutral bases are really popular now, and greenery can give an extra neutral pop. For people wanting an eclectic look, it’s the perfect color for one of those bold pieces in your home.”
Mix and Match
Greenery’s versatility makes pairing it pretty easy. Pantone offers color pairings on their website, matching greenery with softer colors like light grays and last year’s colors of the year, serenity and rose quartz, to mellow it out. Black, white and neons are great shades if you’re looking to rev up greenery, while pairing it with warm neutrals gives it an earthy, rooted feel.
While the possibilities seem endless with this color, interior designers have a few favorites. Berman says, “It goes great with navy for a classic look. You can pair it with pink for more of an island look, and it goes really well with gray for a mid-century tone.”
Greenery can fit with more minimal tastes, too.
“I personally love it with white. I know it sounds boring, but it’s so fresh and modern with white,” says Escobar.
Whether you want to make a big splash or just dip your toe into the greenery-design pool, there’s an option that’s perfect for you. Draw some inspiration from these designers and get decorating!
Are you planning on incorporating greenery into your home? Tell us how you’re using the color of the year in the comment section.
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