Make Yourself at Home: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

Make Yourself at Home: Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year

By Fancy Nancy, Interior Designer


Every year around this time, the Pantone Color Institute announces its Color of the Year for fashion and interior design. Those of us in the industry hold our collective breaths to see what will be hip and hot for the coming year. Selecting a Color of the Year is a process that is taken very seriously. Pantone’s official selection began in 1999 and serves as a barometer of the current mood of society. Companies send teams of color experts (exactly how does that read on a résumé?) far and wide to gather inspiration. They reconvene to discuss what inspired them, what color trends they observed and even social trends that influence color. From that, the Color of the Year is chosen.


Well, Pantone has spoken; (drum roll, the envelope please) the trending color for 2017 is green, but not just any green – Pantone 15-0343, called “Greenery”. It’s described as, “A yellow-green shade that evokes feelings of the first day of spring.” A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.


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. Think of the “re-“ words, refresh, renew, regenerate, revitalize. After the division and tense atmosphere surrounding the recent election, Greenery is the color of hopefulness, the promise of a new beginning, like spring.


Every aspect of interior design is touched by the result of Pantone’s Color of the Year selection including: decorative schemes, paint choices, accessories, textiles, flooring, indoor and outdoor furnishings.Mercedes even has a new AMG GT Roadster in leaf green and the tearoom next door serves a cup of something this exact shade of green. Yes, there’s also a new lipstick shade called Clover, and that’s all I am saying about that.


If you’re like me, the idea of painting your walls a yellow-green shade is a difficult one. Call me commitment-phobic, but let’s not rush into anything. I much prefer the idea of using these colors in small doses, like accessories or maybe a small piece of upholstery. Lamps, rugs and throw pillows are a good way to bring incorporate color into a room and add an interesting touch for the eye. Even if you don’t have green in your home, you can add small touches like a vase of hydrangeas or a beautiful painting.


It may feel like we’re rushing spring a little because it’s only December, after all. Maybe, symbolically, Pantone’s selection of 15-0343, Greenery, can help inspire a new, kinder attitude, a beginning with a fresh start. It’s never too early for that.


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