After several years of neutrals, quiet colors and simplistic design, 2017’s color palette stands to offer a welcome refresh and stunning array of vibrancy. Pantone calls “greenery” to the forefront in 2017 as “nature’s neutral.”
The Color Marketing Group chose “life spurt”—a shade of green that mimics “the first sprout of life, as leaves unfurl and open, this clean, crisp green instantly connects us to our surroundings, and its brightness lifts us up”—for their 2017 color alert. Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, selected a more neutral “poised taupe” as their color for the year but shares that the green shade “addresses the search for authentic spaces that recharge the spirit in uncertain times.”
Regardless of the source, the theme is consistent. Across experts, there is a growing desire for colors that invigorate and inspire life. Green—in any number of shades—offers a metaphor to life through its sheer presence in nature. It is a versatile color that can stand on its own or offer a subtle complement to nearly any other color in the spectrum. It is the perfect color to shift the momentum out of the monotone neutrals of the recent past and into a more vibrant future.
Wadden continues her thoughts: “Green is really important right now. It is optimistic and natural. People are tired of white and are searching for more depth in their color selections. Green has the ability to move across industries from product development, packaging and certainly interior design.”
Further, the representative for Duralee points out how flexible Pantone’s color choice is: “What we love about greenery is that it is almost a double agent. Depending on the coordinate colors in the room, it can go from an airy, soothing hue to a vibrant, revitalizing statement maker in an instant.”
Perhaps the world is awakening from a period of necessary simplification. Or maybe the energy around green aligns with a recommitment to living life to the fullest and a spirit of vitality. Regardless of where you might fall in that conversation, here are a few suggestions for those of you who may be green with envy.
Take a Seat
Adding a dramatic accent chair, or recovering an existing piece if space is a constraint, offers a luxurious spark that is sure to be noticed by all.
Frame It Up
Artwork—or even dimensional wall art—is a great way to bring new life to a space. It is also an easy item to change out seasonally to keep the room fresh all year long.
A Soft Touch
Consider adding some decorative pillows or a custom throw in coordinating fabrics that highlight the new color. Current botanical trends are a fantastic option for greens. A few simple additions can give a space a fresh new look.