When Pantone revealed that “Greenery” would be their 2017 color of the year, it felt like a personal victory. Not because I had predicted Pantone’s choice, but because green is my jam! (And it’s a shade that so rarely gets its due.) Not only is green representative of hope, healing, and nature; but it also plays well with so many other colors. Here are the 6 best color combinations and palette ideas for incorporating “Greenery” into your home in 2017.
Mix with True Neutrals
Greenery couples crisply with true neutrals: black, white, or any shade of gray. Whether it provides a “pop of color” in a monochromatic room or assumes a more dominate role , Greenery won’t disappoint in the presence of ash, charcoal, and carbon.
A waxy apple green shade similar to the 2017 color of the year coats this kitchen. A graphic floor of green and black demands attention while white, stainless steel, and other black touches mingle effortlessly.
Black and white wallpaper makes a statement in this dining room–matched in intensity by drapes and upholstery in vivid yellow-green.
Silver–a metallic variant of gray–also compliments Pantone’s pick, as evidenced by this swanky bar.
Add Moody Hues
Greenery’s zesty properties are well tempered by moody hues. The mix creates both tension and balance, conjuring interiors with mystique and allure.
Grasshopper green curtains are unexpected addition to this elegant space with dark walls, cognac leather, and caramel wood finishes. Still, the bright color seems an appropriate hue to usher in the natural light.
Navy and mulberry welcome the electricity of 2017’s color of the year. Case in point: Veronica Swanson Beard’s living room, photographed by Harper’s Bazaar.
A moody landscape and portobello walls offset chartreuse chairs in this dining room. The color combination works so well that all accessories are kept neutral as to not interfere: a black urn, white ceramics, and glittering crystals overhead.
Pair it with Purple
If you caught my post on Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year, then this pairing will come as no surprise. Violet and citrus–aka Greenery and Shadow–make pretty partners.
This feminine salon is largely neutral–save the pistachio green chairs and amethyst purple cushions. The subdued palette imparts an air of serenity with just enough color to be interesting. Check out Violet and Citrus to see more green and purple pairings.
In interior design–as in food–lemon and lime are often found together. They are neighbors on the color wheel and the reigning monarchs of the citrus kingdom. Although both are strong in their acid content, they can be used in tandem because the combination poses no tension. The two marry well.
Jane Scott Hodges’ home is a gorgeous example of the power of lemon and lime. Decorated by her college friend, Gwen Driscoll, the parlor balances tartness with creamy vanilla tones. The walls are an almost shocking shade in the vein of Greenery, subdued by butter yellow curtains. A more intense incarnation of yellow pepper some of the chairs, which is–again–countered by tame wood finishes, whitewashed and weathered Swedish antiques, and layer after layer of ivory textiles.
Fellow New Orleans native, Julia Reed took a similar approach in her sitting room. While settling on a softer shade of lime for the walls, she opted for bolder, lemony drapes.
Of course, lemon and lime also make great accent colors with little sacrificed in the way of impact, as seen here.
Lavishing varied shades of green on a room is one of my favorite approaches to color. Again, if you caught my previous post, Decorating with Green as a Neutral, you know what I’m talking about. So naturally, I had to include this as one of the 6 best palette ideas for using Greenery. I hope the following images will convince you…
An updated verdure mural with on-trend palms and velvet upholstery in two shades run the gamut of greens at Monsieur Bleu.
Tone on tone stripes, malachite arm chairs, and copious foliage adorn this handsome mantel.
This mineral-studded library boasts hues reminiscent of both emeralds and peridots and–appropriately–belongs to a jewelry designer.
Abandon the Concept of a Palette All Together
As I said in the beginning of this post, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 plays well with many colors. In fact, it’s so versatile that no preordained palette is necessary…
In this living room, the Greenery is right at home with both pastels and the more intense colors contained in the gallery wall.
With walls the color of a ripe Anjou pears, any color is welcome in this eclectic living room. Black furnishings set the boundaries of the space, containing a magenta rug, brown leather Chesterfield sofa, scarlet cushion, blue and white ginger jars, and art in a spectrum of colors.
Green and gold wallpaper serves as a neutral backdrop amidst colorful bedding, mixed metals, and a variety of wood finishes in florist, Maurice Harris‘s verdant bedroom.
I hope you are as enthusiastic as I am for the colorful possibilities that 2017 brings. It seems more vivid and saturated hues are on the horizon this year. Greenery and Shadow are eclipsing last year’s softer selections of Rose Quartz & Serenity and Simply White. Color lovers are rejoicing and I am among them.
I also hope that the 6 palette ideas suggested in this post have inspired you to consider introducing this juicy olivine shade into your home–particularly if you’ve shied away from greens in the past. But, above all, I wish you all of the things that Greenery represents in 2017: hope, healing, and the awe-inspiring power of Mother Nature.