2017 Pantone Colour of the Year - Greenery
"A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings."
I could not be more excited that this year's Pantone colour of the year is Greenery. It is certainly not a secret how much I love bringing the outdoors in, and incorporating nature into as many of my designs as possible. Nature is the original and the best source of inspiration, and always will be. Bringing this fresh tone of green into our designs for 2017 brings new vibrancy to any space.
"Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature's green revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate."
There has certainly has been an increase with green design lately, whether it be interior design, fashion design, or architecture, but I for one am happy to see it continue. I think the most noticeable one is incorporating nature into architecture, which is such a nice change from the standard concrete jungle that we live in. A couple of these can be found in my blogs Architecture Envy: The Tower of Cedars, Design Behind the Scenes: Radiance Condo Balcony, and Architecture Envy: Toronto Edition.
“Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.”
Some people may find it intimidating to incorporate such a bright, bold, and vibrant colour into their designs, so I’ve taken all the guesswork out of it. Below, I’ve broken down how you can incorporate Pantone’s colour of the year into each area of your home.
“A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.”
All the traditional rules for kitchen design aesthetics have gone out the window lately. Gone are the days of one toned kitchens, and here to stay are two-toned kitchen, which opens up so many new doors. You can have your base cabinets one colour and your uppers another, or your perimeter cabinets one colour and your island another. The possibilities are endless! Another kitchen trend that has emerged lately with cabinet design is including a bold colour as an accent. This is the perfect way to introduce the colour of the year Greenery, which you can see in the image below. This kitchen is designed very simply with white cabinetry, open shelving, shiplap walls, and white countertops. The wow factor definitely comes from the bold green painted island and some glamor with the gold hardware.
Adding plants is a great way to bring some greenery into any space, and you can’t get a simpler or more elegant accessory to add some life to your designs. The second image below is the ideal way of adding some life and greenery into your kitchen. Having a vertical garden in your kitchen is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also incredibly practice. Now you can have all your fresh herbs right at the tip of your fingers!
Painting the walls isn’t the only way to bring the colour of the year into your space. Re-upholstering your dining chairs, like the image shown below, in a velvety green fabric brings new luxury to an otherwise simple dining space. Bringing in other natural elements like a large rustic wood dining table further drives the theme of refined natural elegance.
The easiest, and most budget friendly way to add a little more Greenery into your current dining room is with plants. A tall slender tree with lots of vibrant leaves placed in the corner, and a collection of delicate flowers placed on the table, is sometimes all that needs to be added to make your current space feel new and fresh.
Back in my design school days, my roommates and I actually had a giant velvety sofa in the perfect shade of greenery in our living room. We were obviously ahead of the trend back then, but having your largest piece of furniture in such a bold colour certainly adds some punch to any space. Even if you do decide to go bold with a green sofa (or two), you can still add lots of other colours to the space. The first photo below shows this perfectly mixing in a soft sky blue with lots of whites for some balance.
But if reupholstering your sofas is too much of a commitment for you with this fabulous colour, there are simpler ways to add some punches of colour to freshen up your living room. The second image below is a great example, of how the space can be completely transformed by just adding a single large branch with lots of green leaves in a large glass vase on the floor. It may seem so simple to just have a single pot with a single branch in it, but the scale bring high impact to the space without a huge commitment if you decide too much green isn’t for you.
Painting an accent wall in your home office is definitely one way to get the creative juice flowing and the energy levels up high. Toning down a bold colour can also be relatively simple by adding lots of neutral accents. The first image below shows a bold green wall with simple white ledges to display and store all their necessary source books. The look is completed with all white office furniture. Although the colour may be bold, it still doesn’t deter from the beauty of their books on display.
The second image below is a great example of how you can add lots of green accents to your home office, without it being overwhelming or too bold. Keeping a neutral base with white built-in cabinetry, blush chairs, and a zebra rug, allows you to have a little more fun with a bold accent colour. By painting the back of the open shelves and the moulding detail on the lower cabinets, the green accent is almost like a secret whisper.
Sometimes going very bold and truly committing to a bold design has the best result. So if you’re looking to add some Greenery to your bedroom with the concept of incorporating more nature into the space, this leaf motif wallpaper is certainly the way to go. Layering in other patterns and different tones of green in the bedding and the bench at the foot of the bed, help bring the look full circle in a Greenery inspired bedroom retreat.
There are lots of ways that you can switch up the colour scheme in your bedroom, or introduce a new colour into the design by simply switching out a few pieces of your bedding or artwork. One of my favourite methods to design is to keep the majority of the design and all the larger pieces a very simple neutral, and adding in patten and colour with all the fun accessories that can be easily switched or changed according to trends or the time of year. The second image below is the perfect example of this. By keeping the walls, furniture, and the majority of the bedding white, it makes it very versatile and easy to change. Adding an oversized floral piece of art over the headboard is a great way to add visual interest to this otherwise simple bedroom. The scale of the piece itself creates the illusion that there are two large headboards, and really helps to make this bed the focal point of the bedroom. To tie it all together, adding a large green throw blanket brings the look full circle without over doing it.
The bathroom is the perfect place to go bold and play with some bright colours that you may not normally lean towards while designing some of your other spaces. Tiling your entire 3-piece bathroom is a punchy green coloured glass brick tile is definitely high impact for an otherwise small and basic space.
But if tiling your whole bathroom in such a punchy colour is a little too far out of your comfort zone, adding a tasteful shower curtain with a leaf motif in a soft blue and green combination is the perfect alternative. Switching out your shower curtain every so often is the perfect way to change the look of your bathroom without spending the big bucks to do a whole renovation. Plus, this allows you to create a spa-like bathroom with all white tiling that has become so popular lately.