2016 was a rough one. From wars to elections to the loss of some of our most beloved musical icons, we’re more than a little ready to bid farewell to this year and welcome the next one with a fresh perspective. And Pantone is definitely on board. As the authoritative voice on all things color, Pantone has chosen Greenery, a shade of renewal to be the official 2017 Color of the Year.
Indicative of the bursting revival of nature that comes at the start of spring, Greenery is a zesty yellow-green blend that symbolizes new beginnings and a return to our organic roots. Though in our opinion, the vibrant shade makes for a challenging paint color, we can envision it being used in the home through textiles, art, and of course, an excess of plant life.
Pantone’s message behind the hue is one that we can get with. It may not be a neutral shade in the home, but Greenery is nature’s neutral. It represents flourishing, health and rebirth in the great outdoors. It’s a call for us to take a step back from technology, to breathe, revitalize and immerse ourselves in the physical beauty of the world.
So if you’re like us and would rather not douse your walls in Greenery, welcome it into your home as a renewing accent tone or a decision to make greener design choices. The Pantone Color Institute considers the current social, political and cultural climates of the world when selecting the color of the year. And Greenery reflects a global shift in consciousness towards a more eco-friendly way of life.
So how will you adopt the 2017 Color of the Year? Whether you think of it as a call to exercise your green thumb or a hue to expand your home’s color palette, this invigorating shade is as refreshing as the prospect of a brand new year.