Pantone’s COTY 2017: How to Use Greenery In Your Home


Pantone, the color experts, recently announced the latest trendy hue that will be coloring 2017: Greenery, a bright citrus green, that evokes the first bursts of Spring and reminds us to reconnect with nature. 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.”


While we spend most days immersed in technology, that reconnection to the great outdoors feels more important to our well-being than ever. The trend for houseplants has been going strong for the last few years and while I adore bringing plants into my home for an inspiring pop of organic color and texture, I admit, I was a little apprehensive about Pantone’s choice. I adore so many shades of green, from deep emerald to warming olive and the deepest forest green. However, this zingy shade had me scratching my head for a while, trying to figure out how it could be used in interior design.

Thankfully, there are quite a few examples of using this color successfully, without it looking like a 1990s throwback or a children’s playschool.

While you may for a moment, consider a color is only as good as what it looks like splashed across the walls, this shade of lime can become over-stimulating very quickly. My suggestion is to combine it with colors and materials that are darker and more textured to balance it out. Above, a brick wall and industrial style furniture keeps the bright zesty color on the wall from overwhelming the space and warm wood floors gives it the earthy palette of Mother Nature.

Another example of Greenery combined with brick and wood but this time in the furniture. I don’t think there’s a color out there that can’t be improved by it being translated into velvet and this hue is no exception. Suddenly, this bright citrus shade becomes a bit more serious, more elegant and understated. It’s soft and inviting rather than stark or aggressive and it blends subtly with other upbeat shades of blue and turquoise.

Speaking of blues mixed with Greenery, designer Meg Braff used this pairing in a coastal inspired living room. It’s a bold choice for a pair of sofas but it’s balanced with white walls and accents of turquoise. Brass makes everything look a little more glamorous and warms up a cool palette and mixed with our new favourite citrus hue, suddenly the color feels fun and energised without looking adolescent.

In a restaurant application, Pantone’s Greenery is used as a bold shot of colour in a monochrome and brass space. I have to admit, this is probably the image that won me over to Pantone’s choice, combined seamlessly with glamorous gold accents and bold patterns. Again, the colour is interpreted in velvet, making it instantly more sophisticated, suiting its Monaco clientele. Black will always be a grounding color in a space and this zesty green suddenly feels warmer and more appealing.

I’ve spoken about the trend for dark interiors before and so, if you think you can’t pair this bright shade with dark walls, you’ll be pleased to see you can. As in the restaurant application previous, this home uses a dark wall color to ground this vivid shade and pulls other colors into the room with art and textiles. It’s a wonderful balance of light and dark and can add real drama to your home.

I’m hoping the inspiration above will have convinced you that Pantone’s Color of the Year can be a bold addition to your home this year. Consider using it in furniture and accent pieces as well as in combination with other shades for the most satisfying effect. We have a range of products in this shade – which is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.


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