Using Pantone’s Color of the Year
Have you been looking at paint colors and wanting something new, fresh, and vibrant? Every year the Pantone Color Institute comes out with a color of the year—something that captures the feeling of the year and is “a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.” We will explore the 2017 Pantone color of the year and how you could use it in your home!
And the Color Is…
Greenery! This yellow-green shade is bright, energetic, and full of the energy of springtime. According to Pantone:
Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront-it is an omnipresent hue around the world. A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.
Who knew a color could hold so much meaning (Pantone did), and could evoke so many feelings? A major aspect of this color is the desire to reconnect to nature and take a break from the technology and artificial constructs of daily life. Green is inextricably linked to nature, and can infuse your home with a dose of natural beauty. If a bright green seems like just what your house is needing for new life and vitality, let’s explore where you could use it!
Greenery is a bright, bold color, and using it large-scale in your home will make a huge statement. Some homes can handle this bright color in a whole room, and it can bring a jolt of new life into a boring living room or dining room. On an exterior, Greenery could make a small, boring home really pop, and even though this is a bold green, it can perfectly pair with your outdoor landscaping. Greenery could even be used on a more modern home with clean lines and boxy shapes. If you want your kitchen to really pop, cabinets painted in Greenery will stand out and make a huge design statement. A bedroom that could use some refreshing will come to life with the vibrant green, and even a boring bathroom can benefit from Greenery. If you want to truly make an impact, use Greenery in large areas to draw attention and create great design.
It’s All in the Details
Love the look of Greenery but don’t feel you can commit to painting your whole exterior or a whole room? No worries, Greenery is perfect in small pops of color that add interest to your home. The trim on the outside of your house can looking amazing with Greenery; pair it with a neutral color to really stand out and accentuate any architectural details on your home. Victorian homes often have a lot of exterior trim work that lends itself to multiple colors, and Greenery is a perfect addition to your color mix! On the inside of your home, maybe you don’t want to paint a whole room in Greenery, but your trim would look amazing and unique utilizing this vibrant color. Look for smaller details that you could paint in Greenery that would really add to the look of your home.
Make an Entrance
Want to make a grand impression at the entrance to your home? Consider painting your front door in Greenery! This bold shade is perfect on a front door, and will really help define your entryway and add in whimsy. If using a color like Greenery seems too much for a larger space, your door is a great place to utilize something bright and bold. Your front door is usually seen from the street, and can help set your home apart from neighboring houses that may look similar. Your door is also the first thing that guests see before they enter your home, so harness the natural, soothing shade of Greenery to make a great first impression!
Think of your home as the entire property, and you might find an unconventional spot that is perfect for Greenery! A shed can transform from something bland and boring into something that adds a great pop of color into your backyard! A playhouse is the perfect place to use Greenery; maybe once you paint that smaller house you will want to use this beautiful shade on your whole home! Think of any outdoor sheds or buildings as an opportunity to bring more style and color into your home as a whole!
Bookshelves and Built-Ins
Any bookshelves or built-in areas offer a great opportunity to use Greenery. The beauty of this color is that it pairs wonderfully with so many other colors: it can look playful and young against white walls, or more sophisticated against a darker, moodier background. A built in window seat is a great opportunity for some color in your living room, and built-in hutches and buffets in a dining room are places that could use some extra interest. Bookshelves that are painted in Greenery provide the perfect backdrop to your books and magazines, and draw the eye to these areas. Consider whether you have any bookshelves or built-ins that would benefit from the use of Greenery!
Take the Stairs
Do you have a boring set of stairs in your home begging for a makeover? Transform your staircase with the vibrancy of Greenery. Make your stairway more than just a means to go upstairs, let it take front and center in design with the bright color of Greenery! You could also consider just painting the risers of the stairs to add in Greenery in a more subtle way. Think of any staircases that could use the power of paint in your home!
Make Laundry Fun
If there is one room in the house that is often neglected it is the laundry room. We end up spending a lot of time in this room (especially if there are a lot of people in your household), but we often don’t give it the attention it deserves. Spruce up your laundry room, and make washing your clothes a little more fun with an infusion of Greenery into that space! Walls, cabinets, or even the floor could use a pop of color and interest! Plus, Greenery can add in the essence of nature to a space that usually confines us to the indoors. Try Greenery in your laundry room today!
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