Pantone has announced their colour of the year, Greenery. In years past we've had Rose Quartz and Serenity for 2016, Marsala for 2015 and Radiant Orchid for 2014. The last three years have focused on a similar set of colours, while this year is a major shift towards a vibrant and revitalizing green.
When it comes to choosing the color of the year, Pantone has explained that the process works like this. "The process, which takes about nine months, is highly subjective, as Pantone admits, and more about instinct than science. Essentially, the team fans out across the globe and explores industries, to collect what they refer to as “proof points” — from car shows, on the runways, in decorator showcases and so on. At a certain stage they begin to notice meaningful overlap and narrow down the choices. Then one shade achieves critical mass."
Pantone describes Greenery as "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."
Pantone has already paired Greenery with 10 different palettes that are sure to appeal to designers and architects, no matter what mood they choose to evoke. Whether you're still in love with Rose Quartz and Serenity from last year, or want something vibrant, such as their Moody Blooms palette, there is something for every taste. This is truly a versatile color.
We don't advise painting all of your walls in this colour, however, as it would be a bit overwhelming. Use the colour instead as a focal point to draw the attention, like the front door, to create a welcoming and invigorating feeling. “The Pantone green is a darker lime, bringing nature into the home and getting us to think about the beauty of gardens and lush forests,” says Erika Woelfel, vice president of colour and creative service at Behr Paints.
There are two things to keep in mind when working with Greenery.
Keep the Mood in Mind.
This is a very vibrant and active colour. It's best suited to a room that sees a lot of activity, rather than somewhere to sleep or relax.
Remember the Lighting
For a room that doesn't get much natural light, the colour will add a sense of energy. However, for rooms that do get plenty of sunlight, the changing light throughout the day will affect how you see and think of the colour. It's best to paint large sections of the wall first, and observe it over a week or so, before committing to painting.
At LWC, we can't wait to start working with this colour and continue bringing the latest and greatest trends to the Australian furnishing industry.