The 2017 Color of the Year (and 8 Ways to Decorate with It)
It's that time again, when the Pantone Color Institute reveals the color they believe you'll be seeing everywhere throughout the new year. The pick for 2017? A vibrant yellow-green hue called "Greenery": think succulents, matcha tea and freshly cut grass in springtime. "Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose," said Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone's executive director, in a statement.
Here are a few ways to use the bold shade throughout your house, starting with the front door.
Set the Tone from the Get-Go
Photo: Courtesy of BEHR
A vivid pop of green on a front door gives any home a jolt of energy right when you enter. "Greens, especially a warmer shade like Greenery, create an emotionally positive and nurturing [feeling]," says Erika Woelfel, BEHR paint's VP of Color and Creative Services. "Greens evoke the exact sort of mood we want to provide for our family, friends and guests when they visit."
Turn Your Living Room into a Relaxing Retreat
Studies have found that the color green is linked to feelings of happiness and peace and can improve our attention span. All great reasons to try Greenery in the living room, as seen in this preppy, modern space.
Get a More Restful Night's Sleep
Who isn't looking for more calm before bed? Studies have also shown that green shades can ease anxiety. So try a green bedding set, like this artful option, or Farrow & Ball's "Yeabridge Green" paint to cast the shade's soothing affect.
Make Your Kitchen Pop
Homeowners still love gray, beige and white—top choices for kitchen colors—but green is the next most popular option, according to Houzz's 2016 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study. A shade like Greenery offers a fresh update, as seen in this patterned-tile backsplash.
Create a Spa-Like Bathroom
With a color choice said to "revive, restore and renew," we can't think of a better place to use the Greenery shade than in the room where you get ready to face a new day: the bathroom. While blue is typically the color associated with calm environments, we think Greenery creates a lush, peaceful escape.
To get the look, try BEHR's New Shoot or Benjamin Moore's Perennial.
Bring the Outdoors In
Use Greenery curtains to blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors, suggests Shelia Schmitz, editor of the interior-design site Houzz.com. For city dwellers, this is an easy way to provide some green where there is none.
Leverage the "Green Effect"
One study found that "a brief glimpse of green prior to a creativity task enhances creative performance." This paint treatment in the bookcases seems a perfect example of how you could add a "brief glimpse" to a home office to perhaps spark some innovative thinking of your own.
And One Last Tip...
Although Pantone dubbed the color "nature's neutral," if a green room still seems too vibrant, consider wainscoting, as in this bedroom. (It'd also do the trick in a family or living room.)
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