When Pantone® announced their colour of the year was going to be ‘Greenery’ – a fresh and zesty shade of green – it’s probably fair to say it was met with a few sniggers and a certain degree of scepticism. Green has always been the outsider when it comes to colour; but when you think of what it represents; nature, optimism, spring, it’s surprising it isn’t celebrated more.
“Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. “Greenery embodies our desire to reconnect with nature and one another, to rejuvenate and to revitalise. The shade, like the plant life it represents, can improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.”
“Greenery is a great harmonizer merging undertones of cool blues with vibrant yellows,” she adds. “Adding Greenery through living walls, botanically-themed wallpaper, paint, accent furniture and decor provides respite and breathing space anywhere you desire. Open spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows allow the green outdoors to become part of a room’s backdrop and ambience.”
Despite the initial uncertainty, Houzz, a leading platform for home renovation and design, have since reported that ‘Green’ is currently a top search term. Victoria Harrison, editor of houzz. co.uk, said: “When we asked the Houzz community to give their thoughts on Pantone’s choice of colour for 2017 the majority were positive. Users said they liked the shade because it was fresh, spring-like, uplifting and ‘easy to bring the outside in’.”
So for those who want to incorporate green into their homes, but don’t know where to start, try using it as an accent colour against a neutral backdrop. The popularity of grey is showing no signs of fading, so use this as your neutral and add green elements, this could be a nice contemporary way of using the shade.
In the meantime, take a look at our bold and brave green kitchen options for inspiration. As always, we’ve put our own Utopian twist on glorious green, ensuring it’s clean, modern and fresh, making guests in your home truly green with envy.Searle-Taylor | searle-taylor.co.uk