Pantone’s 2017 hue: 4 ways to use Greenery in your interior

Pantone, the leading colour authority, has declared Greenery as its colour of the year. Symbolic of new beginnings, the refreshing and zesty yellow-green shade evokes the first days of spring. It is also a vibrant change from last year’s two-toned pastel colour combination, Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Taking into account last year’s trend of nature-infused bathroom interiors, Pantone’s reigning colour comes at an apt time. In fact, we expect the lovely hue to make its way into homes soon.

A green sanctuary. (Image credit: The Design Hunters)

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for, amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalise and unite, Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

There are creative ways to add splashes of Pantone’s colour of the year in your home, instead of simply painting everything green. (Image credit: Nicole Franzen)

“The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy,” added Eiseman. “Through its reassuring yet assertive vibrancy, Greenery offers us self-assurance and boldness to live life on our own terms, during a time when we are redefining what makes us successful and happy.”

For those redecorating their residences, Greenery can be easily incorporated into homes. Elliot Barratt, founder of Singapore-based Elliot James Interiors, suggests blending it with different colours for a more streamlined palette. “We have a particular fondness for the colour green in our interiors, as it is a way to bring the outside in… It also offers calmness and serenity,” said Barratt, adding that his firm has received many requests from customers wanting to add Greenery to their living spaces.

To get some inspiration for our next home revamp, we asked Barratt for some tips on introducing Pantone’s chosen colour in an indoor setting. It is easy being green, after all.

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Lush plants

Potted plants work well with minimalistic interiors. (Image credit: Elliot James)

Nothing embodies Greenery more than plants and lush vegetation. Besides, that’s where the inspiration for the colour of the year came from. Barratt said, “Plants and flowers are a great way to help inject that colour. We tend to traditionally use bold cushions and artwork to achieve this, but adding plants and brightly-coloured flowers also offers a vibrant, natural element to interiors.”

(Image credit: Mossingarden)

He suggests bringing in a few potted plants or hanging vines to decorate your apartment. These add splashes of colour to plain walls, and work especially well in industrial chic interiors. “Introducing well-chosen plants and flowers adds a certain softness to the harsh lines of a modern apartment,” Barratt said.

A pop of green

A pop of green adds a contemporary twist to classic colour combinations. (Image credit: Humbert & Poyet)

Classic interiors such as black, white and gold can be given an unexpected, contemporary twist by adding Greenery. This restaurant (pictured above) by Monaco-based architecture studio Humbert & Poyet, is a beautiful example.

Barratt uses similar techniques in his designs. “We like to use a mixture of black and white tones in our interiors, and then inject pops of colour through accessories,” he said.

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Large planters and paintings with green hues contrast brilliantly against all-white interiors. (Image credit: The Loft)

Colour combination

As illustrated in Pantone’s different palettes, Greenery is a versatile colour. From pastel ones like Calm It Down (consisting of Greenery, Gray Lilac, Green Lily, Pink Icing, Spa Blue, Luminary Green and Pure Cashmere), to bolder, more electric palettes like Rev It Up (Black Onyx, Brilliant White, Blazing Yellow, Dazzling Blue, Orange Popsicle, Fandango, Drizzle, Prism Pink and Greenery), the possibilities are endless.

Accents of navy blue and green come together harmoniously. (Image credit: Nicole Franzen)

“Greenery works well with contrasting colours and shades. While the hue will always look good against white, this year’s favourite navy blue adds an opulent, luxurious contrast to flowers with orange, yellow and bright green stems,” said Barratt.

Open spaces

Floor-to-ceiling glass windows let in plenty of sunlight, fusing the indoors and outdoors. (Image credit: Tia Borgsmidt for Bolig Magasinet)

If your residence comes with a garden, why not make use of its natural greenery to jazz up your home? Open spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows allow the lush, green outdoors to become part of a room’s backdrop and ambience. For those living in the concrete jungle, welcome nature into your home using living walls, terrariums, and botanical-themed wallpaper.