Dallas Designer Dishes on Decorating with Pantone’s Color of Year: Greenery

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Fresh, energizing, and reviving — just the description of what the world needs now, even if only in the form of the Pantone Color of the Year. The color Greenery serves as a symbol of new beginnings, springtime, flourishing foliage, and a renewed abundance of beauty in nature.


Nicole Arnold
Nicole Arnold

For 2017, Pantone’s “zesty yellow-green shade … signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate, and reinvigorate.” What a big job for a color! But if any color can do it, surely Greenery can.

Pantone provides an even more emotional description on their site:

“Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle, and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.”


Local interior designer and industry award winner Nicole Arnold shared some of her ideas on the color.  Since, as Arnold said, the “use of botanicals is huge” right now, Greenery is a well-understood color of longevity, unlike mauve or chartreuse. Such an energizing color could be used seasonally, as seen in this past season’s more contemporary Christmas decor trends, or throughout the year.Greenery01_MichaelHunter

The color Greenery adds so much to a space’s emotion and personality, often acting as an “exclamation point for a room,” said Arnold. She noted that coming out of winter time gets all of us “ready for some happy” in our surroundings. Greenery does a great

Pantone Greenery
Photo by Andrea Callow

job of that, whether it is used as a focal point for a room or as an accent color of accessories, such as a garden stool, pillows on a bench, or even artwork.

Arnold also pointed out the amazing beauty of the green colors of natural orchids and hydrangeas. This year, Pantone’s prize color proliferates the word “greenery” from old ideas of garland and filler to magnificent florals and outstanding accents.

What do you think of this year’s Pantone Color of the Year? In what rooms will you use it?

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