Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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?