‘Greenery’, Pantone’s colour of the year 2017, is the colour of new leaves in Springtime. What better colour to welcome in a new year than this fresh and optimistic shade? With surprise political events dominating most of 2016, it’s been difficult at times to remain up-beat, but the most positive message I’ve been left with this year is that even when (or especially when) things don’t go your way, you need to keep standing up for what you believe and keep believing that there is hope for positive change.
The Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, Leatrice Eiseman’s statement echoes this sentiment; ‘Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our desire to rejuvenate and revitalise, Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.’ It’s pleasing that colour can be used to make a political as well as a style statement!
And while it may be that bright, almost apple-green, might not be the easiest colour to incorporate into your home, I was immediately excited by the decor possibilities this choice brings.
So, without further ado, here are my top tips for adding a bit of cheerful Greenery into your life and home.
If you’d like to add a fresh feeling to your home, then Greenery is the perfect colour to liven things up. It’s soft enough to use freely without it becoming overwhelming but also punchy enough to add zing to a space if only used in moderation. In my mind, using it successfully relies heavily on finding the right colours to balance it against and using a little imagination about how to incorporate it.
PAINT IS NOT JUST FOR WALLS
The richness of Greenery means it can be a great colour for making a bold statement in places you might traditionally play it a bit safer with neutral colours. Doors, woodwork and mouldings and even kitchen cabinetry are great places to go green and in some ways are ‘easier’ to get right than trying to paint your walls with this vibrant shade. These areas of paintwork are large enough to make an impact without completely overwhelming a room and by the very fact that they’re often painted a pale neutral, makes your quick makeover even more impactful.
LAYER GREENERY WITH OTHER VIBRANT OR RICH COLOURS
It can be tempting when you’re thinking of adding a new colour to your home to try and add it into a white scheme, in the hope that the white will balance the vibrancy of the shade and create a harmonious effect. And with many colours this works. But I’m not a fan of this approach with Greenery. When added to an all-white space, it’s very easy for the colour to become too acidic or insipid and the effect can be almost clinical. I think Greenery works best in partnership with other colours.
One of the best places to start when looking for colour choices is Pantone’s own Spring 2017 Colour Trend Report which selected a range of sympathetic colours which work really well with Greenery. Being bold with colour and choosing a few different colours to match with Greenery, can be really impactful and invigorate your space even more. When the colour report came out earlier in the year, I immediately felt it was in-line with some pieces which we had just added to our site from the debut textile collection of the very talented Sarah Fennell. Her work is so successful in its use of fresh vibrant colours, with a zesty green playing a key role along side other bright, clear tones. The abstracted shapes and fuss-free lines help to ensure that the rich tones can sit well together without becoming too busy. The overall effect is modern, energetic and refreshing. Adding accessories in some of these key shades is a great way to bring that spring-fresh feel into your home.
THE BEST WAY TO USE GREENERY ON YOUR WALLS
Of course, if you really want to go for it, then for a room that’s fully saturated in this vibrant green, it’s time to get the paint out. Because it is such a rich shade, if you do decide to paint your walls then I think breaking up the walls with pictures and using other rich shades for furnishings and accessories is a great way to ground the brightness of the green, making it feel more natural within your home. The below gallery wall is really successful in breaking up the expanse of green, with the black frames and largely white prints helping to balance the vibrant colours.
IT'S NOT TIME TO THROW AWAY THE DARK PAINT JUST YET
Over the past six months or so, you might have noticed the gradual sea-change from light and bright interiors to dark and moody spaces, with sales of black, slate and indigo paint at an all-time high as people dare to go dark in their homes.
I love the trend for dark, cocooning interiors, with rich textures and deep colours adding drama but also softness. There’s something very relaxing and welcoming about a space which has been painted in a deep shade; it’s restful on the eye and it can help to provide a wonderful demarkation between the outer world and your inner sanctuary.
So if you’re a fan of the darker side of decor you might be scratching your head about how Greenery could possibly fit in with the current mood. Well, I think Greenery is the perfect accent colour for every shade of dark. The richness of the tone sits well with the depth of dark black, grey and blue, providing just the right amount of zing to help the eye move around the room. In terms of textures, Greenery looks fabulous in velvet which in turn works beautifully with deep dark paint shades. I can’t be the only one now coveting a velvet sofa in Greenery?! These textiles by young designer Rae Anne match just the right amount of dark, decadent gothic with the beautiful fresh green and are brilliantly evocative of the dark and mysterious forests in the Scottish Highlands where Rae Anne lives.
EMBRACE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THE OUTSIDE IN
When it comes to styling your home, one of the key trends for 2016 has been the resurgence in popularity of house plants. I wrote a feature about using botanics and greenery in your home earlier in the year, and I see no signs of this trend waning anytime soon. What better way to add some Greenery than with actual greenery? From bunches of fresh green-hued hydrangea heads in vases to small potted indoor olive trees, cactus and succulents to full-on indoor vertical walls of plants, adding some real plants to your living space can improve air quality and are one of the easiest ways to instantly and easily brighten up any room.
As with Rose Quartz this year, it won’t be long before the high street is flooded with home accessories and furniture in Greenery, giving us all plenty of opportunities to add some of this cheerful colour to our home. And in the final days of 2016, I’m going to try and look forward to the future with hope and positivity (and begin plotting a bit of a home makeover too I think!). Happy New Year!
THE 'GREENERY' SHOPPING EDIT
HOMEWARE, Home Accessories, PRINTS & DECOR, Art PrintsA 2.5m bespoke panel on heavy weight canvas, a riot of colour and form to adorn your wall.£720.00
HOMEWARE, Cushions, Home AccessoriesFrom the newly launched BLOOM collection and inspired by the shapes and formations of flora. Brighten any room with this statement cushion.£110.00
PRINTS & DECOR, Art PrintsSigned A3 Giclée Print FREE UK DELIVERY£30.00
Stationery, Gifts under £50Printed on 100% Recycled Paper. Designed and made in the UK.£2.40
PRINTS & DECOR, Art PrintsNesting in a garden conifer, or feasting on black sunflower seeds, this colourful character is a regular garden visitor, able to take advantage of food in rural and urban gardens. Although quite sociable, they may squabble among themselves or with other birds at the bird table. A five colour screen print on 285gsm Fabriano paper Edition of 60 Size: B4 (25x35cm) Signed and numbered UK Delivery: £5.00 International Delivery: £7.00
PRINTS & DECOR, Art PrintsThe green woodpecker is the largest of the three woodpeckers that breed in Britain. It has a heavy-looking body, short tail and a strong, long bill. It is green on its upperparts with a paler belly, bright yellow rump and red on the top of its head. The black 'moustache' has a red centre in males. They have an undulating flight and a loud, laughing call. A five colour screen print on 285gsm Fabriano paper Edition of 70 Size: B4 (25x35cm) Signed and numbered UK Delivery: £5.00 International Delivery: £7.00
HOMEWARE, LightingLamp shade covering is 100% Organic Cotton Twill FREE UK DELIVERY International Delivery - £30.00 AVAILABLE IN 3 SIZES PLEASE SELECT:£40.00 – £80.00
HOMEWARE, Lighting, Wedding GiftsThis beautifully detailed handmade lampshade is inspired by Rae Anne's surroundings in the Scottish Highlands. Delivery: FREE UK DELIVERY International Delivery - £30.00 AVAILABLE IN 3 SIZES PLEASE SELECT HERE:£40.00 – £80.00
HOMEWARE, Cushions, Wedding GiftsBring the outside in with this beautifully designed organic cotton cushion, printed in the UK, with an abstract pattern inspired by Rae Anne's surroundings in the Scottish Highlands. The perfect shade of green for Autumn/Winter 2016/17.£65.00
HOMEWARE, CushionsEmbrace the trend for bringing the outside in with this beautifully made modern abstract print cushion is inspired by Rae Anne's surrounding's in the Scottish Highlands and digitally printed onto organic cotton twill.£65.00
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