It’s become a tradition for the Pantone Color Institution to name a color each year that will be prominent in fashion and design. 2017 is the proud recipient of a simple green color that we all are familiar with, even if we’re not big on the trends: greenery.
Described as a zesty yellow-green, this tone is regularly used to evoke the idea of freshness and life. It also has the benefit of being among the easiest to add to your home for a décor update that will appeal to you, visitors, and even potential buyers if you’re looking to sell.
The Obvious Inclusion: Plants
Adding live plants to a home has the benefit of adding an element of gardening and texture to a room. Often praised for acting as air filtration in indoor spaces, an ivy or succulent alike are easy to manage. Used as an accent on tabletops, filler on shelves, and as artistic focal points, these plants can leave you feeling refreshed and your living spaces layered with points of interest. Plants also make great corner fillers with trees and shrubs.
Pantone’s Greenery shade is simple to add using natural evergreen plants. These can include bright echeveria, tillandsia air plants, and in pothos. These inside-friendly plants require very little attention. Look for color variations in the foliage like darker greens and bright corals for added depth and contrast.
Don’t neglect your yard either. Whether you have a huge garden or a small porch, the inclusion of a few green focal points can increase your enjoyment of the space. Potential homebuyers also appreciated a well-maintained and vibrant outdoor space. Adding something like a pair of boxwoods to the entryway or a potted plant to your outside lounge spaces invites people in and to enjoy.
Look to the Walls
While the rule of thumb is that neutral walls are the most versatile, shades of green can perform well as a modern backdrop to many spaces. For those who live in smaller spaces like apartments and condos, the splash of color can help make up for outdoor garden and yard space that they may have sacrificed for urban convenience.
Taking it a step further, botanical and plant wallpaper is taking center stage as a home décor trend. This brings both the Pantone color and a touch of nature inside. While this can be very subjective to taste, an accent wall in a bathroom or bedroom can be a tasteful and unobtrusive element that will be easy to look past in the event you’re looking to sell your home soon. If you’re interested in wallpaper but aren’t sure, don’t hesitate to ask your realtor. Neutral is good, but positively memorable is too.
Accessories Make It Easy
Throw pillows, blankets, small rugs, and decorative objects are both impermanent and require no additional care. As such, making small cosmetic changes may be the best solution to the homeowner that likes the change, but isn’t committed to the maintenance. Interior Decor companies like Surya intend to make it easy to find your Greenery object of choice, ranging from furniture to small items. A trip to your favorite home goods store, like Urban Americana and Trebor/Nevets here in Long Beach, will quickly get you ready for the Pantone Color of the Year.
For those staging their home, utilizing the Pantone color can be helpful beyond being trendy. Draw attention to focal areas like seating and dining spaces by framing them with pops of color. A good example of this would be a pair of fresh Greenery toned cushions, or a runner down the center of your family dining room table. Greenery colored curtains can help room-size perception with height and brightness. These smaller objects will make an impression in person and in photos without being imposing.
Start the Year Energized
Pantone’s Greenery is a great way to start out your 2017 home. It’s also among the simplest colors to add, even for those gun shy with new shades. With small additions and changes, your home can continue to be a pleasant surprise to you and your family. Whether that means little surprises like a cactus in the bathroom or leaf-green stripe of color down the hall is up to you.