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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.

Decorating with Green as a Neutral

Recently, I informed my husband that I wanted to paint our bedroom entirely green–even the ceiling.

“What kind of green?” he asked.

“The color of wild tobacco.” I replied.

He frowned, still not knowing what color I had in mind.  Gently, I reminded him of the waxy-green plants with little, yellow trumpet flowers that we often come across while hiking.

“It’ll be like sleeping in mother nature’s womb.” I assured him.  “What could be more peaceful than that?”

“OK.” he agreed, still frowning and unconvinced.  And so it was settled.  He had given me the green light, so to speak.

Since then, I’ve tested nearly a dozen different paint shades and countless fabric samples.  Weeks later, the only thing I know for certain is that green is a color that begs to be layered.  Emerald longs for peridot.  Chartreuse yearns for sage.  Olive craves verdigris.

In essence, green is a neutral.  What’s more, green is mother nature’s go-to neutral and she has dozens of shades up her mossy sleeves.

Decorating with green as a neutral | Motley Decor

Decorator Ahmad Sardar-Afkhami expressed a similar sentiment to Architectural Digest, saying, “I was always frustrated working with green, and I couldn’t really figure out why. One day I had an epiphany that the human eye is accustomed to seeing the nuanced variation of green in nature, so a single shade can look unnatural and jarring. I began to use many shades of green together, and the effect is very restful and beautiful.”

Judging by the room he designed above, I’d say he finally nailed it.

Decorating with Green as a Neutral | Kelly Wearstler, The Viceroy Miami | Motley Decor

Kelly Wearstler took the same approach when decorating the Viceroy in Miami.  As you can see in the picture above, Wearstler employed green shades: lime, jade, and celadon in generous quantities that dominate the room and act as a neutral.

Decorating with Green as a Neutral | Benjamin Dhong, House Beautiful | Motley Decor

This library by Benjamin Dhong (featured by House Beautiful) is another excellent example of decorating with green as a neutral.  Kelly green, kiwi, and citron bounce around the room, creating a harmonious rhythm of steady often-found-in-nature greens.  The result is both beautiful and soothing.

Decorating with Green as a Neutral | Mint & Malachite | Motley Decor

This powder room (found on Veranda) runs the green gamut from mint to malachite.  With such dense greenery, it’s the blue and white Chinese vases that add the “pop of color” to this space.

Decorating with Green | Green as a Neutral | Motley Decor

Anouska Hempel’s dining room of her English manor (via Architectural Digest) is an ode to decorating with green.  It resembles a moss-covered meadow in the middle of the jungle.  Nearly every possible hue between blue and yellow is represented.  The walls are a deep sea green.  The drapes are emerald.  The tablecloth is a grassy velvet.  Cabbages and artichokes abound.  Leayf botanical prints are hung with care.  In short, it’s a green dream come true.  Mother nature would be proud.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, green is my favorite color and I’m anxious to transform my bedroom into a verdant paradise.  Or, to quote Florence Welch, “I can’t help but pull the earth around me to make my bed.”

Thus far, the only thing I’ve nailed down is the wall color, Benjamin Moore’s Palm Trees.

Decorating with Green | Motley Decor

It looks a bit dull in this photo, but it’s magical in the sunlight and, at night, it reflects lamplight with equal grace.  I chose it using my fool-proof system.  Learn how to choose the right paint color in my previous post.

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