In my last post, we talked about incorporating live greens into the home. Shortly after that article was
published, Pantone came out with the new color of the year for 2017, and it couldn’t have been more
perfect; they chose greenery! Now that we’re one month into 2017, I thought it was only fitting for us to
discuss this earthy shade and look at some great uses for it in the home.
What’s the deal with green?
Did you know that different colors represent different emotions, and that these colors can actually
influence your mood, simply by having them in a room? Colors have a large impact on humans’
emotional state, so it is critical to select an appropriate shade for every area in your home. The
psychology behind the color green is very encouraging, making it a perfect one to add to your life. Green
has been described as symbolizing harmony, freshness, and emotional safety. Green is also said to have
healing power! It represents stability, endurance, and hope (color-wheel-pro.com). What a perfect
symbol for this new year—a fresh start.
Where can you incorporate the color greenery in your home?
Greenery is an unobtrusive color, which makes it extremely versatile as an interior color. Green is also
gender neutral, adaptable to all seasons, and can be easily incorporated with an array of color schemes.
Let’s take a look at my top three picks of where to add 2017’s favorite color.
1. The Office
A home office is an excellent place to throw in this new hue. Fun pops of the revitalizing shade will liven
up your workspace and promote tranquility—and who doesn’t need a little more of that in their place of
work? The best part is that adding the color greenery to your office is quick and easy. All it takes is an
easy breezy trip to your favorite office supply store for a couple new folders, pens, document clips, and
voila! Your office is now a lean, clean, green machine.
2. The Kitchen
The kitchen is perhaps an obvious place to give a greenery upgrade. Why? Because a lot of the items
that you already have in the kitchen are naturally green! Who says that interior design can’t overlap
with grocery shopping? New time you’re at the market, buy a few extra limes, stick them in a decorative
bowl, and bam—you have an oh-so-chic display of this year’s hottest color. Alternatively, purchase a
couple of grow-it-yourself herbs and plant them in whitewashed boxes on your counter. Now there’s a
practical and stylish hack. For a more non-living addition, look for a gingham dishtowel that comes in the
color greenery, and hang it up. Double bonus: you’re ready for St. Patty’s day a month in advance.
3. The Bedroom or Living Area
As you can see, greenery truly is a versatile shade. It works in the office, it works in the kitchen, and you
bet it will look great in your living spaces as well. If you already have a neutral palette going on in your
bedroom (we all love a dreamy white bed) then consider adding a couple pillow shams in the shade
greenery. If you’re feeling more adventurous, go crazy and add a greenery accent wall. I also love the
idea of framing a green image (like some tropical green leaves), as displayed in the living space above.
If you’re looking for some additional inspiration on how to pair the Pantone color of the year 2017,
Greenery, with other colors, take a look at the combinations Pantone created on their website:
Here are a couple of my favorites:
What do you think? Are you a fan of greenery as this year’s highlighted hue?