How to Use Greenery, Pantone’s Color of the Year
So, don’t feel bad if you have no clue who ‘Pantone’ is and why you should even care about ‘Greenery’. In all honesty, I didn’t either until 3 weeks ago when my friend Sherry made this rather innocuous observation on the post I did about my ‘mossy’ Spring Front Porch.
Sherry’s comment was,”I love the color of moss. I think it is so pretty and it looks exactly like Pantone’s color of the year, “greenery””.
Of course, having an ‘inquiring mind’ I immediately plugged the word ‘Greenery’ into the Googler, found out it was designated by Pantone as the ‘Color of the Year for 2017’, discovered who exactly Pantone is and why this Springy Green color earned such a lofty title.
In a very little nutshell, Pantone is in the Color business and is best known for it’s Pantone Matching System (PMS) which simply standardizes colors for all applications. If you wanted to print a brochure and wanted to be a certain blue, you would communicate a standardized color to the printer. This standardized systems removes errors that can result from interpreting the same color differently among different devices and mediums. A certain blue would look different on my computer than it would yours or if it were on printed matter.
For instance, they have standardized the color of the iconic Tiffany’s box as ‘1837 Blue’, 1837 being the year that Tiffany’s was founded. ‘Minion Yellow’ has been standardized such that if you need it, you can get the exact yellow for your next Minion costume.
In addition, for the past 17 years, Pantone has studied travel, fashion, food and cocktails, politics, pop culture, sports, technology and social issue and spoken with historians, designers, architects and clients to get a feel for future color trends. Their color forecast is used in every way imaginable, from home goods to wedding decor to the fashion runway.
The color chosen for 2017, “Greenery” was chosen , as Pantone puts it, because:
The folks at Pantone not only brought us ‘Greenery’, but an entire palate of complimentary Spring colors. Two of my girlfriends have put together suggestions for using two of those colors, “Pale Dogwood” and “Pink Yarrow” in your home and wardrobe. Links to their posts are at the bottom of the page.
So, where to start with bringing Greenery into your home?
Just a heads up…this post is light on words and heavy on lovely images…some Weekend Eye-Candy! I have indicated the sources (to the best of my ability) under each image. If you want to pin the image, please go to the source shown…Muchas Gracias.
Let’s start at the logical front of the house with some great green front doors! Clearly this a bigger ‘Greenery’ commitment, but it surely makes a lovely green pop!
By far, the easiest way to do it would be a ‘Captain Obvious’ suggestion…bring some greenery in the form of houseplants, clippings and flowers into your home, both faux and real:
Simple Fern fronds in glass bottles…image source
Limelight Hydrangeas…image source
Branches in large vases…image source
Faux Greenery Wreath…Thistlewood Farms
You could easily add a few pillows, throws or other decorating accessories to your existing decor.
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Our master bedroom is primarily blue with little shots of green and up until this point I have really only emphasized the blue.
However, with my eyes being opened to the freshness of ‘Greenery’, I recently brought in 2 green velvet pillows and love how this simple addition has really brought a little something to my bedding.
If you wanted to go ‘full greenery mode’, you could incorporate some of these lovely wallpapers in your home.
OK, I could go on forever, but at the risk of Greenery overload, I’ll stop here. But don’t forget to pop over and see Sherry’s board for the vibrant “Pink Yarrow” and Nicki’s suggestions for using the sublime “Pale Dogwood“.
Pin this for future reference and if you need more ‘Greenery’ inspiration, check out my Pinterest Board dedicated to the color.
It’s funny, since starting this little ‘Greenery’ project I have begun to notice the color EVERYWHERE! There was commentator on a news show yesterday morning sporting a tie that was clearly in the ‘Greenery’ vein.
And while Greenery is surely a harbinger of spring, you can easily see how it can work into your home decor year-round.
So there you go, a visual dissertation on ‘Greenery’, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017. I imagine that, like me, if you really hadn’t paid attention to it before, you will find that you will notice it everywhere now.
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