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
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.
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
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.