Meet Greenery, Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Give your home a fresh start for the new year with this fun, nature-inspired hue
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This article originally appeared on Houzz.com.

I’ve heard many folks grumble that 2016 has been a rough year. In addition to losing many iconic musical heroes, we are still emerging from an especially heated election season. As we turn our attention to the new year and, hopefully, look forward to a fresh start, the color-management company Pantone Color Institute has stepped in to offer an insightful pick for Color of the Year for 2017: Greenery. Pantone chose Greenery “to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment,” says Leatrice Eiseman, the institute’s executive director. She adds: “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

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I was a bit dubious of Pantone’s picks the past couple of years: Marsala for 2015 and the Rose Quartz-Serenity combo for 2016. But this leafy green hue is right up my alley. In fact, I use it all the time with my color-consultation clients. It’s a fun accent hue for interiors and exteriors alike. Here, we added a similar verdant hue to brighten up and add some zing to a kids’ bedroom for a recent design client of mine. I also love using this welcoming color on the front door of a home.
 
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This vegetal hue also makes a terrific addition to a kitchen or dining room. The generous dose of green throughout this space injects such vibrance and personality.

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Leafy green, when paired with a wood tone, brings a nice organic vibe to a room. The palette really lends an outdoorsy quality to interior spaces, giving them an indoor-outdoor connection.

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Green Bath w/ Bombe Lav

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to encourage homeowners to move on from all-white interiors and think about painting an area in an accent color, whether it be the ceiling or a wall in a room. Both the bedroom in the previous photo and this bathroom are heavy on the white hues, but the splash of green adds vibrancy and keeps the rooms from looking sterile or cold.

Related: Add a Popo of Greenery in a Bedroom With an Amoire 

 

 

If you like this green but fear it might be a bit too intense in large doses, think about adding it in smaller, quieter ways, such as through decorative elements like pillows, curtains, light fixtures and other accessories.

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Because this green is so prominent in nature, it tends to work as a semi-neutral. It can be pleasingly paired with many other colors. As in nature, it’s right at home with shades of red, orange, yellow or blue.

Related: Here are More Tips to Incoporate Green Into Your Home

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Ready to take the plunge and add Greenery to your own home? Here’s an assortment of paint colors similar to Pantone’s color of 2017, from left: Mardi Gras Green from Valspar, Green Thumb from Benjamin Moore, Overt Green from Sherwin-Williams and Herbal Garden from Behr.

Related: Give Your Room a Green Accent Wall With Thousands of Wallpapers to Choose From

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Mazama Mountain Cabin Makes a Cozy, Stylish Retreat: A Home Tour

Mazama Mountain Cabin Makes a Cozy, Stylish Retreat: A Home Tour

In Washington’s North Cascades, a wood-paneled vacation home provides access to views and outdoor activities
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This article originally appeared on Houzz.com.

This house nestled in the North Cascades mountains in Mazama, Washington, reflects the rugged landscape around it while also possessing a modern, airy and stylish vibe. The remote vacation house is owned by a Seattle couple who were instinctively drawn to the beautiful setting of pine forests, crystal clear rivers and diverse topography, and where they spend their free time skiing, rock climbing and hiking. 

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Walkways lined with concrete and bluestone surround the back deck. An outdoor fire pit and teak chairs from a friend create a timeless setting for entertaining.
 
Metal fire pit: custom made by Alpine Welding and Equipment
 

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Who lives here: A couple who live full time in Seattle and work for Boeing
Location: Mazama, Washington
Size: 1,370 square feet (127 square meters); two bedrooms, two bathrooms

After finding a 1-acre plot with killer views, the couple collaborated with Mary Johnston of Johnston Architects to build a second home that would be cozy and easy to maintain. “All of the finishes used add to the rich simplicity of the home,” Johnston says. Although the site was challenging, Johnston and her team were able to incorporate the location’s spectacular views into the planning of the 1,370-square-foot residence, which has an open-plan living area, two bedrooms and ski-in, ski-out access.

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The unpretentiousness of the foursquare house begins with its exterior. The cedar siding and bluestone and concrete walkways also are durable and low-maintenance materials. Since most of their time is spent engaging in the outdoors, the couple felt it was important to have designated areas for storing sporting equipment. A long bench provides a spot for removing skis and boots. A contemporary glass door contrasts nicely with the adjacent metal grating, which offers a surface on which to lean skis and bikes while providing some lightness and texture.

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The clean look and rustic design continue past the front door and concrete floors of the entry, providing an unobstructed view to the back of the house. Pine-paneled ceilings flow throughout the house. At the far end of the hall, a custom sliding barn door leads to a gear room where the couple store sporting equipment and can sharpen their skis. The other oversized doors lead to a closet.

Paint throughout: Camouflage, Benjamin Moore

The warm wood tones are punctuated by blackened-steel pendants on the entry hallway ceiling.

Pendants: Caravaggio

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A dining room table and chairs sit between the kitchen and great room. The shelving was custom made to display accessories such as teapots, photographs and books. The couple wanted to have some fun with their other lighting choices, so instead of selecting traditional recessed lighting, they opted for black outdoor sconces that are typically used for signage lighting.

Lighting: B-K Lighting; dining room table and chairs: Room & Board

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In the sitting area of the great room, a sliding barn door hides a flat-screen TV and video equipment. A built-in bench runs the width of the room, inviting guests to curl up with a book or take in the fabulous mountain views. It is also long and deep enough to convert into a bed for two children.

Bench cushion and pillows: custom made by Manning & Son Upholstery, Seattle

Related: Cleaning Tips for Leather Furniture 

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Brown leather chairs and a sofa provide ample seating for gazing at the landscape through rows of expansive windows. A wood-burning stove brings a collected feel to the home and keeps it cozy and warm when temperatures plunge. “The homeowners spend very little time inside, but they wanted to make sure that it was very comfortable when they did,” Johnston says.

Sofa, chairs and tables: Room & Board; stove: Rais

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Sliding glass doors open the great room to the back deck.

Deck: ipe wood

Related: Why You Should Install a Sliding Barn Door in Your Home 

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The couple kept the master bedroom clean and sparsely decorated with only a bed and two end tables. Adding a bit of drama, the fir wood paneling was continued from the wall onto the ceiling.

Bed and end tables: Room & Board

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Mesh fencing on the master bedroom balcony keeps the space from appearing too dark.