Every year when colour giants, Pantone announce their ‘Colour of the Year’, the interior design world is divided. This year, their choice ‘Greenery’ – a light lemony green reminiscent of the early leaves of Spring – had a similar reaction. Some cheered on this delightful hue, emboldened by its subtle promise of rebirth and renewal. On the other hand, I heard the words ‘Kermit the Frog’ and ‘1990’s Changing Rooms’ bandied about as well. However, I really do believe there is no such thing as a ‘bad colour’ to decorate with and really, just about any colour can be used successfully when paired with the right colours and accents.
Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute explains, “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalise and unite, Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”
Today, I wanted to share with you some inspiration for using Greenery in your own home, whether you are ready to embrace it or if you are still on the fence. This bright colour can be used in a number of ways, whether you are ready to create a bright bold feature wall or simply want to give your home a bit of a revamp this Spring.
Let’s talk walls first. It’s a bold shade but when mixed with antiques and more traditional furniture, the wood tones make this colour a bit more sophisticated whilst still retaining a playful look. Bold pops of colour in the artwork and splashes of black and white all combine for a fun (if full-on) eclectic look.
While you may be quick to judge a colour based on how well it would be interpreted into a bold painted wall, it’s important to consider what else it should be combined with. Greenery can become over-stimulating quite quickly and so pair it back and use it with warmth and texture to calm it down. Here, a velvet sofa in Pantone’s favourite shade creates a welcoming spot when combined with a rich textured backdrop.
It works just as well as a simple accent colour. Consider using it in a surprising location like on an internal door. In a white-washed minimalist home, a bright pop of colour will draw the eye so balance it with bold graphic artwork that pick up the greenery vibe as well.
With the trend for darker wall colours, you may be wondering how this shade could be incorporated into a moody room. Happily, Greenery works beautifully as a crisp pop of colour against a deeper backdrop and this bold-hued sofa takes a starring role in the space.
After something a little more subtle? Why not consider artwork with a splash of greenery as a simple accent to neutral surroundings? The deep blue-grey of the wall colour, the grey corner seating and gold accents are given a jolt of interest with a vivid piece of artwork that gives the space movement as well as colour.
And finally, if it’s greenery you are after, then choosing pale leaved plants is just one more way to hit two trends at once. With houseplants still a big player in the interiors world, there’s no reason not to pile on this shade in it’s most organic form. Create an indoor oasis with potted plants as well as wall or hanging planters for a fresh vibe in any room.