Ali Stockton, Designer-Dallas Studio
Wrapping up our series on incorporating the 2017 Pantone color of the year into your home design, these tips will help those who want to add more subtle touches of Greenery to their home.
Maybe it’s just me, but when I hear the word ‘greenery’ in December, I have a hard time thinking past the noble fir sitting in my living room. The ribbons and ornaments adorning its evergreen needles keep me focused on the past, most likely reminiscing about the Barbie Jeep I got when I was 4. The holiday season tends to direct our mindset to nostalgia rather than new beginnings.
Greenery also happens to be Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, chosen to help revitalize our innate desire to connect with nature - at least that’s the hope of the company’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman.
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Over the past year, the gray color trend has awakened a desire for simplicity in homes of every shape and size. Balanced with whites and natural wood tones, the neutral gray we have welcomed with open arms will play host to Greenery in a variety of different ways.
I enjoy the occasional magnolia leaf wreath as much as the next Joanna Gaines loyalist, but I must admit that the true vibrancy of Pantone’s Greenery is a bit off-putting for my personal taste.
For those who wish to fully embrace Greenery in all its saturation, the crisp backdrop of Carrara marble and Pure White may just pair perfectly with the Granny Smith apple hue.
Whether it’s a full accent wall in the dining room or a few throw pillows on the guest room bed, everyone can decorate with 2017’s color of the year if they wish – though I would advise utilizing this color in small doses.
Those who choose to embrace the Greenery trend, whether in part or whole, may find their focus shifting from the fading evergreen of Christmas decorations to the budding trees of spring, which remind us of warmer weather, fresh starts, and – dare I say it – a revitalization of our love of nature.