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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

By Jennifer Ott, Houzz Contributor December 20, 2016


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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.”

2017 Greenery
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 

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