The announcement of colour giant, Pantone’s Colour of the Year is always a highly-anticipated event in any interior design enthusiast’s calendar. Last year’s duo choice of Serenity and Rose Quartz seemed to have struck a chord with the pale blushy pink and light denim blue popping up in lots of different ways and I assumed this year would be no different.
In fact, when I heard the colour was called Greenery, I was not at all surprised. Taking over from indigo, greens have been making their mark on interiors for a while – not just in the proliferation of houseplants but also in deeper shades of olive, forest and emerald on everything from walls to furnishings. What did surprise me, however was the shade of green they chose.
Greenery is really a much bolder, brighter lemon-y hue than what I’d anticipated. There was a rumble in the interior design world and I admit, I heard ‘1990’s Changing Rooms’ and ‘Kermit the Frog’ bandied about under muttered breaths. While it may be a very brave homeowner who will splash this bright and breezy hue on every wall, Pantone did have their reasons for choosing such a bold colour of green.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute explains, “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”
It’s difficult to argue that a colour that reminds us of the first leaves bursting forth in Spring wouldn’t lift us up and reconnect us to nature, especially when we are surrounded by technology day in and day out. And so perhaps it makes sense that using this colour in our homes will create a positive environment and one that rejuvenates and revitalises us.
Thankfully there are many ways to use this colour as our examples show today which will brighten and refresh your home, especially when used as an accent colour. In the above image, a sleek contemporary kitchen is given a bold dose of colour with bright green stools. The colour is repeated in the vintage style wall art and open shelving. The scheme is fresh and colourful and gives the space an eclectic look that’s very inviting.
A bold wall in Greenery contrasts beautifully against textural finishes as we see in the kitchen diner above. The industrial style furniture, the brick wall and wood floors are the perfect foil to a bright hue such as this, grounding the space and creating a warm and welcoming setting. If you are planning on using it on the walls, then contrasting the colour with textural finishes will create a less intense look and a more calming environment.
If you are looking to pair Greenery with darker hues, you’ll be pleased to see it can be done quite successfully. Here, a velvet sofa in Pantone’s favourite provides a bold pop of colour against dark walls. The deep backdrop provides a lovely contrast to the sofa as well as the art and textiles which share the hue’s intensity, grounding the space with artistic flair.
Of course, if it’s Greenery you’re after, you could always go the more obvious route with pale leaved plants and cover two big trends at once. With house plants still a major player in interiors right now, there’s no reason not to embrace this colour in its most organic form. Potted plants, hanging planters and wall planters combine for a fresh vibe in any space.
What do you think of Pantone’s choice of Greenery for COTY? Is it a colour you’d use in your home? I’d love to know what you think in the comments below.