Since the year 2000, Pantone have selected their symbolic “Color of the Year” for the year ahead based on the colour which best expresses the current global mood and attitude. Pantone’s Color of the Year is extraordinarily influential on everything from fashion to architecture. From food to tech. (You might remember all the smartphones that came out last year in “rose quartz” or “rose gold”.) And this year, that colour is Greenery.
Signifying new beginnings, in a world that felt divisive and conflicted throughout 2016. It’s a natural green; not a jewel green that exudes luxury. Instead, Greenery symbolises serenity and minimalism. It’s a green that we are all too quick to forget. That we all need to be reminded of every now and again. A green that everyone on this earth can identify with. It’s both a neutral and relatable green, inspired by nature’s relentless ability to revive and flourish. It is not offensive, it is not defensive, it is not partisan. Pantone describes it perfectly as an “omnipresent hue around the world”. Greenery brings us together, and encourages us all to take a deep meditative breath as a united, global community.
“Greenery bursts forth into 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.”
– Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute
Image source: Marco Green Upholstered Bed Frame
Although Pantone has shown us how Greenery can be used in a variety of different palettes, including metallics and pastels, when it comes to home décor trends, 2017 is all about muted colours. Earthy tones work best with Greenery, and offers the easiest palette to work with for untrained eyes. All you have to do is take inspiration from your favourite flowers and plants. Fresh but neutral, in keeping with Greenery’s ethos of revive, renew, restore, reinvigorate, and revitalise.
Green furniture can be difficult to work with. It always feels like such an awkward colour that many avoid altogether the hassle of attempting to incorporate it into the home without first consulting a professional designer. But think natural. We warmly welcome plants and flowers into our homes, making an allowance for natural greens because, well… they’re plants. We’re always encouraged to add an organic touch to our home décor, but shy away from using the same tones for anything man-made in fear that it comes across a little eccentric or too bold.
Traditionally, this type green is used mostly as a Spring or Summer hue. Are we ready to embrace Greenery all year round?
But a little splash of Greenery here and there can make all the difference from Spring all the way up to December. Whether it’s used as an accent colour for specific items of furniture or on smaller decorative pieces.
Image source: Monterey Green Faux Leather Dining Chairs
A bold use of the zesty colour would be to use it on your walls. A little dramatic perhaps, but the result can be a re-energising space that perks you up and lifts your spirits. When using such a bold wall colour, however, you will need to be careful not to overcrowd the room. Your walls are making the statement, so keep it minimalist and clutter-free. Alternatively, you can use the colour minimally to highlight certain aspects of the room, or create visual illusions to reshape the room, making it appear to be more spacious. This green rug in the example below forces the eye to focus further into the room, creating more visual depth.
As nice as buying new furniture and décor in the latest Pantone Color of the Year is, it’s not for everyone’s budget. But, as the colour that most resonates with equality, decorating your home with it needs to be accessible to everyone, regardless of location or wealth. So perhaps the best way to use Greenery in your home this year is to simply invite a couple of houseplants in. Natural Greenery is available all over the world. If you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by trees or bush, open your window more. Let that natural Greenery into your living room. Hang a mirror opposite the window to reflect the light and colours of the world outside. You could always use it as an opportunity to start growing herbs in the kitchen. (You know you’ve always wanted to!) Or place a fruit bowl of green apples on coffee or breakfast table, to encourage healthier snacking. The Pantone Color of the Year 2017 doesn’t have to be about consumerism or paying through your nose for the latest goods. It can be as free or as expensive as you want it to be, and as meaningful as you want it to be. Everyone has the opportunity for a little Greenery this year.