Tak­ing a leaf out of the de­sign files

Make your friends green with envy with this nat­u­ral pick for Pan­tone Colour of the Year, writes Robyn Wil­lis

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Anew year and a new Pan­tone Colour of the Year awaits. And the hue we will all be em­brac­ing for 2017 is a yel­low-based green called, well, Green­ery.

While you may be for­given for think­ing that the in­ter­na­tional paint brand plucks their cho­sen colour out of thin air, the se­lec­tion is based on care­ful re­search to see which colours are nat­u­rally emerg­ing and re­ceiv­ing a pos­i­tive re­sponse world­wide.

Last year, it was the soft and sooth­ing pas­tel colours, Rose Quartz and Seren­ity which were cho­sen to em­brace and sup­port us, turn­ing up in ev­ery­thing from cups and plates to vel­vet lounges, cush­ions and bed­li­nen.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Pan­tone Color In­sti­tute Leatrice Eise­man says Green­ery is a re­as­sur­ing colour cho­sen for un­cer­tain times, strength­en­ing our con­nec­tion to the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. At the same time, itt is in­vig­o­rat­ing and re­vi­tal­is­ing with its zesty yel­low-green base.

But if you’re just try­ing to fig­ure out how to use it at your place, we have some ad­vice.

Into neu­tral

Neu­trals will be Green­ery’s best friend this year.

Go with any warm tim­bers such ch as beech, oak, ash or even spot­ted gum to ce­ment the con­nec­tion with the nat­u­ral world.

Traver­tine tiles in honey-coloured hues are an easy fit here too. Add tow­els in Green­ery for a quick way to update the bath­room or cush­ions in tac­tile fab­rics for the lounge.

For a more lay­ered ef­fect that’s easy on the eye, team Green­ery with har­mo­nious colours such as for­est greens or softer seafoam tones for a re­laxed coastal feel.

Some like it hot

If you’d rather turn up the vol­ume a bit, Green­ery is the per­fect part­ner for spicier colours like hot pink, acid blue, bright yel­low and deep or­ange.

Use them out­doors as well where our strong light will ab­sorb colour well.

If you’re look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion, ex­plore Mi­ami-style decor which pushes Green­ery up against sea blue and crisp white for a dra­matic blast of 1960s style. Or go south of the bor­der to Mex­ico for sat­u­rated tones of deep red, ul­tra­ma­rine and lots of lay­ered pat­tern. This is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to in­clude some a ac­tual green­ery by bring­ing easyto-g to-grow ken­tia and ban­ga­low palms

in in­doors.

Lit­tle by lit­tle

If it feels a bit over­whelm­ing — or forced — you can tone it right d down with some­thing as sim­ple as a vase of mon­stera leaves or a sma small green ce­ramic bowl on the cof­fee ta­ble. And if you re­ally loved last year’s pas­tel tones, there’s no rea­son to toss them aside. Green­ery makes a happy com­pan­ion to Seren­ity and Rose Quartz, adding a re­fresh­ing touch through­out the year.

This door in Du­lux Gar­nish was part of an in­te­rior de­sign scheme by Do­herty De­sign Stu­dio. The house was de­signed by Archi­box ar­chi­tects.

Sat­u­rate the walls in green from Haymes Paint and then add the real thing.

Swedish de­signed wall art, Bjorkar, brings na­ture in­doors. This prod­uct from Alex & Elle has op­tional acous­tic in­su­la­tion.

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