Greenery: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Greenery adds life to this beautiful formal dining room. Love the furniture!
proximity dining table | chairs

Greenery. The outdoors has an abundance of it (well. at least part of the year in Minnesota), and most of us usually like to add greenery, faux or real, to our spaces in the form of various plants and succulents.  It’s a simple and effective way to add some life to a space.

But Greenery is no longer just about nature, or plants, because now, according to Pantone Color Institute, it’s officially the color.  Not just any color, but THE color of 2017.

Pantone describes it’s color choice as a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew…

While you can’t argue with the description, many were caught off guard by the choice.  Not because it was green, or nature inspired – that was definitely on the radar.  But a bright leaf green instead of a deeper, darker green?  Unexpected.

Design Sponge

But then Pantone isn’t necessarily known for it’s predictability (remember Rose Quartz and Serenity?)  Some of us may have done a little eye rolling at that last year, but did you notice how great the blush tones look in this living room?  Not a baby blue and pink combination, for sure, but a definite nod to Rose Quartz.

So what will we do with this bold color in 2017, if anything?

While I can’t see the majority of us painting our whole house or upholstering an entire room in Greenery, it could turn out to be a fun accent color.  And it looks great against white walls.

Coastal Living

Or it could be used to do something unique in a smaller spot in the house. A room where you need to feel energized – like the laundry room.

Traditional Home

I think one of my favorite ways to see it used will be combined with taupe and grays – especially the dark, warm grays.

design seeds

The curtains in the image below are obviously more emerald than greenery, but they definitely create a wow moment in this moody neutral space. I can image Greenery would do the same.


And of course we want to know… Were you surprised? Do you like the new Color of the Year?

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