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The 6 Best Color Combinations Using Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery

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.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

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.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

Black and white wallpaper makes a statement in this dining room–matched in intensity by drapes and upholstery in vivid yellow-green.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

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.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

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.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

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.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

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.

The 6 Best Color Combinations Using Greenery, Pantone Color of the Year 2017

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.

Lemon Lime

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.

How to Decorate with Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery | Lemon Lime | Motley Decor

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.

Mixed Greens

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…

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

An updated verdure mural with on-trend palms and velvet upholstery in two shades run the gamut of greens at Monsieur Bleu.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

Tone on tone stripes, malachite arm chairs, and copious foliage adorn this handsome mantel.

6 Color Combos Using Greenery, Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year

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…

How to Decorate with Pantone's 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery | Motley Decor

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.

4 Palette Ideas for Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year, Shadow

Benjamin Moore’s choice of Shadow (a smoked amethyst purple) was a surprising selection for 2017’s color of the year and a drastic departure from last year’s “Simply White”.  Still, I for one, am excited to see a moody jewel tone take center stage in the coming year and hope its a harbinger of more colorful, dramatic interiors to come.  Naturally, I’ve been bouncing around palette ideas in my head.  After much thought, 4 color combos bubble to the top.  Here they are…

Shades of Gray & Shadow

Both complex hues with plenty of depth, gray and purple are a match made in heaven, creating a sexy, mysterious atmosphere.  In this pairing, I’d give precedence to gray, layering shade upon shade with limited pops of deep, dark Shadow and lighter notes of dusty lavender.

The other key to pulling of this color duo is to pile on the lustrous textures.  Think: velvet, antiqued mirrors, mother of pearl, and chrome…

Violet & Citrus

Benjamin Moore’s 2017 color of the year, Shadow isn’t just purple.  It’s a sultry, saturated, slightly-more-blue-than-red tone.  Thus, it’s complimentary color is a somewhere-between-yellow-and-green hue.  These two botanical-themed shades of violet and citrus are meant to be.

Of course, complimentary colors can be overwhelming or even jarring.  So, be sure to balance the intensity and even the amount of the two hues to match the mood you’re looking to create in particular room.  Hedge the duo with plenty of neutrals for a more relaxing atmosphere.  Or throw restraint to the wind and saturate a room with the two colors for a more energizing effect.

Amethyst & Sapphire

4 Palette Ideas for Using Benjamin Moore's Shadow | Sapphire & Amethyst

via OKL

4 Palette Ideas for Using Benjamin Moore's Shadow | Sapphire & Amethyst

David Collins

A cool blue also plays nicely with the 2017 color of the year and–contrary to the last pairing–makes for a soothing, tension-free setting.

Of  course, a little tension is necessary.  Thus, make sure to mix in some warm neutrals like rattan, burl wood, cognac leather, or even tortoise shell.

Every Shade of Purple

4 Palette Ideas for Benjamin Moore's 2016 Color of the Year: Shadow | Layers of Purple

Hunt Slonem

Layering Shades of Purple | Shadow, Benjamin Moore's 2017 Color of the Year | 4 Palette Ideas | MotleyDecor.com

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Then again, purple is a shade that begs to be layered and Shadow is no exception.  Nearly every tint–from lilac to orchid–can be used in concert, as evidenced by the overwhelmingly violet interiors above.

If you take this route, commit.  Contrast light shades of purple with dark.  Mix ultra saturated tones like aubergine with more delicate hues like wisteria.  Oscillate between indigo and merlot.  Diversity is key.

Motley Decor Kinda Sorta Predicted Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year

A couple of weeks ago, I posted 7 Surprisingly Chic Paint Colors, in which, I listed my top picks for wall and paint colors that might not instantly jump to mind, but often turn out looking fabulous.  At the top of my list, in spots 1 and 2 were Blush and Periwinkle, respectively.  So, you can imagine my excitement when color powerhouse and paint authority Pantone announced that their 2016 Color of the Year–or more accurately their colors of the year–are Rose Quartz and Serenity.

Let’s be honest: the only difference between Rose Quartz and Blush is a pinch of beige in the latter.  Otherwise, they are both soothing, pastel shades of pink.

And Serenity is simply a shade or two lighter than Periwinkle.  Both are blue hues, bordering on violet.

So, if kinda sorta forecasting Pantone’s 2016 Color of the Year–or colors of the year–doesn’t lend Motley Decor some serious street cred, then I don’t know what…

Of course, it hadn’t occurred to me to use these two colors in concert as Pantone is clearly suggesting.  This seems like a slippery slope that could result in your “grown up” room looking like a co-ed nursery.  However, here are some tips for avoiding that…

1.  Double Down on One or the Other

2016 Color of the Year Palette Idea 1

The idea here is give priority to one of the colors and then add layers of similar shades.    In this example, Serenity combines with Indigo, Navy, and Turquoise, forming a blue majority.  Complimentary colors Cranberry and Rose Quartz serve as accents.

2.  Choose a Neutral Base

2016 Color of the Year Palette Idea 2

Sometimes establishing a neutral base, allows accent colors to be seen more clearly.  In a sea of neutrals, the eye is drawn to color and that color is untainted by competing hues.  Here, Ivory, Camel, Chocolate, and White are used generously, shifting attention to the minority shades of Rose Quartz and Serenity.  A pinch of Olive (arguably a neutral) makes a small cameo as well.

3.  Embrace Adjacent Hues

Color of the Year Palette Ideas, 3 of 3

The distance between Rose Quartz and Serenity on the color wheel is purple territory.  So, naturally, shades of violet marry well with this color combo.  Above, Thistle, Aubergine, and Grape mingle with Color of the Year 1 and Color of the Year 2 effortlessly.  To add interest, Aqua and Lake are thrown in, representing the hues adjacent to Serenity on the other side of the color wheel.

So, what do you think about Pantone’s 2016 color of the year selections?  Were you surprised?  Will this impact your home decorating plans for 2016?

Did you miss the Benjamin Moore color the year?  Their choice may surprise you…

Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Color of the Year

Having grown up in a home with a strict “white walls only” rule, I can’t say I was very excited when I read that Benjamin Moore chose “Simply White” as its 2016 color of the year on  Architectural Digest.  But such is life.

Admittedly, white offers a sense of serenity and implied cleanliness.  And so many fantastic, on-trend materials are inherently white like: mother of pearl, sheepskin, plaster, papier-mâché, Carrara marble, and opaline glass.  Also, an all white (or largely white) palette also allows for more intense contrasts in styles and textures without being overwhelming.  And, of course, I have this thing for albino animals.  There’s gotta be some exciting opportunities there.  OK, I’m on board with white playing a big role in 2016’s interiors.  So, naturally, I scour the internet for the most exquisitely designed white rooms.  Here’s what I found…

 

remarkable white living room in Stockholm

Mats Gustafson’s Stockholm living room via NYTimes

With an oversize paper lantern, sheepskin throws, and white swan; this living room has me loving white.

 

a peaceful white living room

Architect Daniel Romualdez’s home via WSJ.com

A first glance, this room is calm and peaceful…but interesting!  The neutral, white palette allows the forms and shapes of the room’s eclectic furnishings to take precedence–from the Danish chairs to the old world and contemporary sculptures.  White definitely seems like the right choice.

 

Karl Lagerfeld's all white dining room

Featured in Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People Karl Lagerfeld’s all white dining room is just beautiful

Leave it Karl Lagerfeld to make an all white room this luxurious and chic…marble floors, a plaster sunburst mirror, and white washed caned and gilded dining furniture…

 

chalky white sitting room

A white wonderland by Anne Pyne of McMillen via Elle Decor

In this Manhattan townhouse, a chalky white (seldom found in nature) palette acts as a foil to the botanical themes found the in the wallpaper, light fixture, and faux bois furniture.  Geometric shapes and patterns reinforce that tension and make the room feel fresh and up-to-date.

 

a white-hot dining room

A white-hot dining room in Madrid via Nuevo Estilo

Old and new collide with fantastic results in this Madrid dining room.  Mod furniture and a sputnik chandelier marry beautifully with ornate mouldings and traditional urns thanks to a restrained use of color.  The dominance of white also makes the art and colored glass really pop.

 

A glamorous white living room

A glamorous largely white living room via Elle Decor

In this fantastic living room, white is less about calmness and more about glamour.  Mixed metals and crystals sparkle a little brighter in this light-filled space.

 

white living room with character

Alex Hitz’s stylish white living room as featured in House Beautiful

Shades of white permeate this living room, accompanied by leopard print, gleaming metallics, and a towering stylized painting.  The result is unique, eclectic, and very chic.

 

As it turns out, white is pretty versatile and far from boring.  It’s an excellent vehicle for imparting a sense of calm or for showcasing texture, sculpture, or luster.  It can be understated, glamorous, or even quirky.  I guess the folks at Benjamin Moore know what they’re doing.  Keep an eye out for stunning “Simply White” interiors in 2016 and check out Motley Decor’s top shopping picks in white to get a jump start on crafting your own.

 

Looking for a little more color in your life?  Check out Patone’s 2016 color of the year.

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