Fresh, hopeful, and redolent of healthy, growing things, the 2017 Pantone color of the year is aptly called “Greenery”. The color institute’s hue #15-0343 symbolizes new beginnings and fresh starts – things a lot of us certainly need in the coming year.
Recalling springtime, the yellowish-green shade borrows from nature while paying homage to it. With Greenery at the forefront of the palette, a fresh approach to many aspects of one’s lifestyle – including interior design, architecture, gardening, and even wardrobe – is to be expected. Here are some predictions on how Greenery can positively influence your home and your life.
A refreshing backdrop for everyday living
Many interior designers are saying that the neutral, clinical palette of strictly white, grey, and black are over and done with. While those hues encourage calm and zen-like attitude in daily living, they don’t really allow room for expression. This year’s Pantone color adds a much-needed punch to liven up the drabness of a neutral interior decorating palette without saturating its minimalist appeal.
Greenery also has a revitalizing quality that you can draw strength from whenever you feel tired or overworked. Optometrists actually recommend gazing at something green as a break from staring too long at the computer screen or reading. So go ahead and add Greenery in your work area – be it a plant, a picture frame, drapes, or an accent piece – and let it rejuvenate you.
A reminder to reconnect with nature
Pantone has always been careful about choosing the color of the year, and its choices often become a subtle commentary on current social and political situations. Greenery serves as a symbol of hope in a time of climate change, as well as natural and political upheavals and economic uncertainty.
Like a new leaf pushing itself out of the soil against all odds, this color is a reminder of rebirth. It encourages nurturing growth and positive change in the new year. Greenery also echoes recent ecological consciousness, which includes recycling, gardening with a purpose, alternative housing and lifestyle choices, and a myriad of other green revolution trends in the past few years.
An exciting palette to mix and match
Mother Nature could well be the best designer on the planet, because she can make the most riotous blooms in every hue look great with an all-green backdrop. Take a leaf from her book (pun intended!) and liven up your wardrobe and interior design palette with color pairings that reflect your personality and moods. The Pantone website offers suggestions on which colors to pair with Greenery, for fashion, graphic design, visual arts, interior and exterior decorating, and just about any color application you can think of.