Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery

By: Jazmin Decker

Every year Pantone chooses a new “Color of the Year” which is this year’s overall symbolic color selection. Pantone provides this color as an insight as to what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood or an attitude. Last year’s Color of the Year was a mixture between Serenity and Rose Quarts, but this year, Pantone chose this year’s Natural Neutral color, Greenery.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “a refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

With today’s society constantly being hectic and overwhelming, here are a few ways you can bring this year’s color into your summer wardrobe and household décor in order to create a calm and relaxing vibe in your everyday life.

For a more casual approach to the color of the year, try airing out either a tight fitting or flowy green dress. From a light forest green to a dark emerald color, feel free to wear whatever shade you want and be confident in your green dress. Whether your dress is completely solid or only has a few select spots of green, any addition of color will brighten up your outfit and create a more playful look.

When it comes to Greenery, less is always more so try to make your green item more of an accent piece by pairing it with material that is subtler in color. When wearing a green jacket or skirt, try complimenting it with a tighter pair of blue jeans or a black shirt and a headband. When doing this, it allows the green item to pop without clashing with any other items in your wardrobe.

Another way that you can incorporate Greenery into your wardrobe without wearing an

entirely green outfit is through your accessories! A lot of vintage jewelry found in antique shops are either green or have a green tint to them and create a unique and beautiful look to any outfit. When shopping for greenery shoes or handbags, texture becomes extremely important. Snakeskin or satin fabrics can add a more expensive look when you need to appear more professional for work or for a date. Either through earrings, pendants, or your choice of a handbag, adding just a dash of greenery will subtly brighten any outfit up and create a unique look for the day!

Deep greens work particularly well in the colder months when paired with a crisp white shirt and darker brown leather accessories. This outfit creates a more relaxed feel and will make a better impression than a standard suit at any occasion or office event. The green offers an outfit with more personality and creativity.

If you want to try out the color of the month without going for a fully green look, try wearing a green blazer or a jacket of some sort. Wool overcoats look fresh and classic while a bomber or suede jacket will give off more of a formal feel when designed with a green hue. Any type of jacket pairs well with black or blue pants, so you won’t need to worry about purchasing any other item to make the green color work.

A plain t-shirt, whether dark green or light green, is an easy way to incorporate the color as well without going too overboard with the bright shade. When paired with a tan hat or any other subtle brown accessory a

nd dark jeans, there’s no way you can go wrong. No matter how you decide to wear Greenery, keep in mind to embrace the color and be adventurous!

Just like with your choice of apparel, choosing to bring this bold shade of color into your home can be quite difficult as well. When used correctly, a dash of greenery can give your living room environment a more natural feel and improve the overall mood of the room. Whether it’s used in solid colors or in textural prints, here are a few ways you can freshen up your living areas and create an overall brighter home!

If you want to take a big step with Greenery, try decorating your walls or accent walls and create an eye-catching pop of color to your space. Green walls help blend the furniture and create a more modern, up-to-date, living space for any room. Whether you decorate the room with paint or with wallpaper, adding a touch of color draws the attention to that one wall and open


s the space, making it seem a lot larger than it is.


This vibrant hue is also perfect for bold focal pieces like a large couch or upholstered chairs in a muted space. This color grabs attention, drawing the eye to any section you’d like to accentuate. Try mixing bigger focal pieces with smaller accents like tapestries, bedding, curtains, or rugs to bring the whole room together in one continuous harmony. This bright green color is a great combination with navy, hot pink, black and white, or a deep purple and creates a beautifully bold living environment.

There’s no better way to incorporate Greenery in your interior space than by bringing the outdoors inside. Whether you want to create a lush green area indoors or just place a few fresh plants around your space, you can easily get this unique hue right from the source! Even if you don’t like having living plants around the house, you can add pops of color to any area of your home with faux foliage. Mantle displays or floral arrangements are a great way to add this color to your home and create a more natural feel to the room.