When I heard that Pantone’s colour for 2017 was called ‘Greenery’, I wasn’t surprised. After all, the trend for bringing nature into your home has been going strong throughout 2016 and shows no signs of stopping. Then I actually saw the colour…yikes!
Greenery is not the deep forest green shade I had been anticipating, with dark interiors being all the rage. It is a vibrant yellow-green shade that brings to mind the contents of a mojito more than a gentle woodland. Analogies to Kermit have been made. So, perhaps a surprise after all!
It seems like quite an odd choice, not something that can easily be used in every home in some way, like last year’s twin shades Roze Quartz and Serenity which seem to have made their way into most every interior whether on purpose or otherwise. Pantone describes it as “nature’s neutral”, but I am not sure that exact shade is terribly neutral! It would be a bold statement for someone to paint a wall this shade, or even to accessorise with it, and I imagine that your average person simply won’t be brave enough.
So why was it chosen? Well, it seems that after a particularly miserable year, Pantone wants to encourage us to bring some fun back into our lives, and to treat 2017 as a fresh start. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute said:
“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalise, Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose”.
Given this laudable aim, I think we can forgive them for what seems a bit of a crazy choice, so perhaps I should get on with giving you some ideas for using it in your home?
The obvious starting point with Greenery is actual greenery – plants in particular.
This is a great opportunity to finally get around to potting that terrarium kit you’ve had lying around, or perhaps getting a bit more ambitious and really bringing the outside in with a living wall.
If you have an expanse of greenery outside your door or window, painting the wall around it could provide a great frame, or perhaps help to blend the foliage with the interior.
And if you’re really brave (and live somewhere you could get away with it), perhaps you could consider helping your home blend into its natural surroundings better by painting the exterior in a vibrant shade of green!
If you share my black thumbs and aren’t keen on blocks of colour, perhaps an on-trend botanical wallpaper would be more your thing, though the amazing papers I’ve seen with giant Monstera leaves and other plants tend to be in a rather different shade of green, but no doubt new ones will be on the way.
If you’re not keen on a permanent splash of Greenery in your home, accent furniture and accessories are the way to go. As you can see, the colour works really well with shades of white and natural wood and isn’t quite the jolt of colour you might expect.
So, what do you think? Is ‘Greenery’ going to find its way into your home? Are you ahead of the trend and already sporting some of this bright hue in your home? Tag us on Instagram with #myroost so we can all have a look.