Pantone’s new color of the year has some big shoes to fill in, since it is replacing two gorgeous shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity. But does Greenery have what it takes? This spring-like fresh and zesty color symbolizes renewal and revival by illustrating lushness of the outdoor. It feels like it is telling us: “Go outside! Take a breath of fresh air. Enjoy the view!” Greenery comes just in the right time to join the previously announced return to nature in interior design, and the growing hopes of ending global warming. Let us see what it brings to the interior design table and how we are going to introduce it into our homes.
More About the Color of the Year
It seems like 2016 left us with a craving for optimism, and Greenery is exactly what we need to get our annual dose. As Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of Pantone Color Institute, pointed out: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid social and political environment”. It’s the color of Granny Smith apples, matcha powder and springtime leaves, so it is naturally invigorating and refreshing.
Where Does It Fit In?
Although Greenery is, beyond any doubt, “nature’s neutral”, it is important to stress out that it wouldn’t behave well as interior design’s neutral. A bold shade, such as this, shouldn’t be used as an overall color scheme (unless you are aiming for a whole lotta drama). Instead, it can serve as an accent color that can fulfill the space with a sense of hopefulness. According to Pantone’s think-tank, it can fit in well with pastels, neutrals, deeper shades, bright hues, earthy tones and even with Rose Quartz and Serenity.
One of the main reasons Greenery has been chosen as the color of the year is people’s enduring submergence in modern life, which threatens to destroy our connection with nature. That’s why Greenery will find a perfect place in a serene sanctuary where one can retreat and escape technology and modern lifestyle. A reading nook or a simple resting area will become an integral part of every modern home, and Greenery the go-to color for this space.
Greenery Statement Piece
As mentioned, Greenery all around wouldn’t be a very nice sight, unless you are actually outside. Still, a color this bright doesn’t even need to be present in such a generous amount in order to make an impression. Just imagine a completely neutral room with a bright green sofa or charcoal grey dining room walls with green dining chairs.
Greenery and Wood – A Love Story
Green is the color we instantly associate with nature, and what is the material that evokes the same feel? You’ve guessed it – wood. Combining these two interior design elements seems rather obvious. Whether you will take mid-century modern pieces and combine them with green textiles, or you will work with raw wood, paint or upholstery, is entirely up to you.
A Simple Invigorating Update
The mere fact that Greenery is so striking makes its introduction to any space that much easier (and cheaper). A table lamp featuring this spring-loving shade is sometimes all you need to make your home décor more optimistic. Items like throw pillows, vases, artwork, and area rugs can make all the difference. On the other hand, details like green scented candles, jewelry boxes, patterns, and coasters can be perfect if you want to take baby steps with this color.
Where It All Began
Often the most obvious answer is the best. How to introduce Greenery into your place? Well, by introducing actual greenery. Start with potted plants around the house, and continue with vases with fresh flowers (or even better, ferns) in every room, and more demanding projects, such as a tiny herb garden (perhaps even vertical) in the kitchen.
Pantone’s surely made a leap from the last year’s picks, but what are we if we are not constantly changing? This life-affirming color will definitely leave its mark on 2017 interior design. It will bring back a positive and reassuring feel into our homes, without straying away from another design tendency – taking cues from Mother Nature.
About the Author:
Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own spaces.