GREENERY: PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2017

Have you heard?

The official 2017 Pantone color of the year is GREENERY! As someone who’s near-religiously worked the past colors of the year into my art and design (2016’s Rose Quartz/Serenity combo showed up a bit in my artwork, and I'm still buying clothing in 2015's Marsala), I have gotta say—I’m pretty excited about greenery.

Contemporary embroidery by one of my favorite artists, Sarah K. Benning

Contemporary embroidery by one of my favorite artists, Sarah K. Benning

If you're not familiar, Pantone is a global, universal color library used by the fashion, beauty, product and graphic design worlds. Their annual Color of the Year is "a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude."

One of my favorite things about 2017’s color of the year is the myriad of ways in which it can be worked into an interior space. Packing a bold punch of greenery through a bright velvet sofa or long, simple draperies are great ways to add drama to a space, but the easiest (and most cost-effective) way to incorporate this color into your home is through, well, greenery!

Cactus and succulents are my personal favorite plants to keep in the home (I can hardly keep these desert-dwelling plants alive—so needless to say I’m a little nervous about adopting real plants that, you know, need water). 

Pops of green in floral arrangements add interest to otherwise neutral and calming spaces.

Pops of green in floral arrangements add interest to otherwise neutral and calming spaces.

Greenery pairs well with both neutrals and more bold tones--use it in small quantities to add a touch of color to a coffee table, dark corner or mantel. A small flower arrangement of white daisies, peonies or roses and eucalyptus are inexpensive and fun to place around the home, and can be changed out as often as you like! I always keep a small one in the bathroom and on my coffee table and swap them out every week or two--it always makes me smile and I love challenging myself to make multiple arrangements out of a $3..99 Trader Joe's bouquet!

I am looking forward to seeing Greenery pop up in 2017--It's a color that is bright, fun and is everywhere already--just get outside and you're sure to find some inspiration. I can't wait to incorporate it into my design work, paint it into a few paintings, and visit the local nursery to grab some new plant pets!