Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spring greening


Hello and happy March! I have something a little different to share with you today. I was inspired by Douglas Elliman, a realty company in Florida, to participate in a style board challenge to share and celebrate Pantone's Color of the Year 2017, Greenery. They asked me to come up with ways that I would use Greenery in fashion and decor. It was definitely challenging; Greenery is bold and fresh but not necessarily a color that I have given serious thought to bringing into my home. That changed once I started looking at it, because it's really inspiring.


Are you familiar with Pantone? They are the worldwide authority on color and provider of color systems and technology for the communication of color across a variety of industries. Graphic artists, printers and manufacturers rely on Pantone's systems for accurate color control. Each year, Pantone selects a color from their vast catalog to symbolize the current global culture and social climate. To Pantone, this year's color, Greenery, symbolizes new beginnings. They've called it "life-affirming" and "emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality." Well. That's high praise for a color that is all around us but often goes unnoticed in our hectic lives.


Exploring Greenery has been particularly interesting for me as a desert-dweller. It's easy to miss the greenery in my world, especially in wintertime, but I try to be attuned to it. Now that we're heading into spring, I'm spotting delightful bits of new greenery everywhere: sun-searching tulips, hyacinths, irises and daffodils poke from the soil; starry chartreuse flowers adorn my little New Mexico olive tree; cabbage-curled mint shoots appear in my raised garden bed. This time of year, even the tiniest flashes of green catch my winter-weary eye.


This color can come indoors too. In my online travels, I came across many household items in shades similar to Greenery, from bedding to upholstered furniture to lighting and glassware. You can find lots to wear in this color too. You can even buy nail polish in this year's Pantone color; would you wear Greenery nail polish? It's a bit intense, but I think I might do just my ring fingernails with it, why not.


It's interesting to think about how many different kinds of things in nature bear this color. Fruits and vegetables, birds, insects and leaves are tied together by a fresh, crisp color that reminds us of life itself. You can connect indoors and outdoors with Greenery - big splashes like a leather sofa or painted wood furniture, or simple touches like table linens, towels, throw pillows or houseplants.


This challenge gave me the opportunity to indulge in one of my favorite pastimes - imaginary kitchen renovation! Yes. I do this quite often and it was fun to think about a color I hadn't considered before. My usual kitchen fantasies tend toward neutrals and soft, pastel shades. If I were using Greenery in my kitchen, I'd probably use it as an accent color in the breakfast nook, just one wall or maybe two half-walls above white beadboard paneling with a chair rail. With Greenery on the walls, I'd want crisp, pure white on the cabinets and counters. I'd go with a simple cabinet style and white crystal quartz counter tops. Glass tile with touches of green would brighten the stove and sink areas. I'd keep my birch kitchen table and white chairs, but how about green Eames chairs instead of green walls? Over the kitchen table, I'd hang a simple metal pendant light, white with green inside. There would be a basket of Granny Smith apples on the table at all times, of course.

What do you think about Pantone's Color of the Year 2017, Greenery? How would you use it?

14 comments:

  1. Aaoh! man, this is my favourite colour - green, real green from nature! Great post Jo xxxxx

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  2. I am planning on using green in my palette for my new home we are exploring lots of options at the moment there are so many different shades of green.

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  3. Beautiful spring green, so fresh and lovely. I wonder if Pantone considered the Grey of Doom for this year... But no, we must be optimistic. As soon as Christmas is over I put a lime green candle on my kitchen windowsill along with a couple of lime green glass tea light holders. I love to sweep away all the red and gold and bring in a touch of zingy green. I do think they should have called it Kermit instead though, he is the perfect match. CJ xx

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  4. I love green, in fact our living room and kitchen are painted a nice lime green. I enjoyed seeing all the green images. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. I was reading your words and admiring the collages and then ... Kermit! Every house should defnitely have a Kermit in it! :oD

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  6. Green is my favourite colour and I like the greenery shade, very vibrant and makes me think of warmer times. I like your idea of using it in a kitchen with gloss white xx

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  7. I like green to decorate with, several rooms in our house are painted green. But I'm not crazy about this shade of green, a bit too acidy for my taste.

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  8. Green is my favorite color! I wear it well and have touches of this awesome color all around our home.

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  9. I love all the green images Jennifer I think green is a lovely colour I always wonder at the number of shades of green in my garden. I may use green indoors as a splash of colour here and there but my background colours are more neutral colours. I did choose a pale green carpet for my living room last week only to be told that it had been discontinued I was so disappointed and ended up choosing a colour called shell (very neutral) the colourful splashes of green in my rug will liven it up though. :) xx

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  10. Green is my favourite colour, so this colour choice makes me happy. We once painted most of our house green. Since our interior walls have no break from the front door, along hallways and into living / dining rooms, we didn't know where to stop. To be honest, it was about the same shade as your first top left colour swatch. Evenutally we grew tired of it as it was quite dark, but green still is strong in our household furnishings. Green apparently is the most restful colour for your eyes. Loved the post and your descriptions. Those green glass tiles have my name on them ;)
    Wendy

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  11. I am quite fond of green, but used in small amounts when indoors. You found some wonderful greenery things for us to enjoy, and I'd go for those shoes, definitely. Actually I'd rather like a Greenery handbag too, just for fun.

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  12. Green is my very favourite colour so there's lots of it in our home. I painted the kitchen cabinets green a couple of years ago, but apart from that it's mostly textiles and a little bit of china - and house plants, of course!

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  13. Ooh, what a fun post! I love all your collages. I really like that shade of green, it's so fresh and uplifting, and looks great with white. I'm not sure about nail polish but I could definitely embrace shoes or a handbag in that colour. X

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  14. I love green, but this bright green is a little intense for me. I'd have to use it sparingly. I think this color of nail polish just on the ring fingers would be very pretty for spring! A bowl of Granny Smith apples on the table and some accessories around the kitchen in the same color would be fresh and inspiring, too.

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