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It's Not Easy Being Green(ery)

Creative Inspiration from the Home by Mary Ann Henker

It’s time to face it: the holidays are over. We’ve all packed up our festive decorations, waved goodbye to loving family members, and trekked back to work. While it’s sad to say farewell to these festivities, it’s also refreshing to welcome the new year into our lives. And what better way to jump-start 2017 than updating your home décor using the Pantone™ Color of the Year!

Pantone? Color of the Year? What? Pantone is a company that serves as the global authority on color and is a provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Every year in December, Pantone announces a “Color of the Year” that will be showcased in the upcoming year in color-centric industries such as home décor, fashion, graphic design, weddings, etc. According to Pantone, the Color of the Year is “a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

This year, Pantone has chosen “Greenery” as the Color of the Year. According to Pantone, “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore, and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate, and reinvigorate.” Take a look at the color “Greenery” below:


So, now that you’re all caught up on what the Color of the Year is, I suggest taking advantage of this trend in your home! And no, this won’t entail spray-painting every piece of furniture you own green. Instead, I’ll give you some home décor tips on how you can stay on top of this style, without breaking the bank. A great way to keep things fresh in your home is to change out the more inexpensive décor items and replace them with items that are the color Greenery. You can do this with throw pillows, decorative blankets, picture frames, floral arrangements, and more! Let’s look at a few examples:

Floral Arrangements

A floral arrangement is a quick and easy way to pull in the color of Greenery. You could use fresh Greenery-colored flowers with a clear vase, such as the example here (Bells of Ireland are my favorite!). Or, you could use a Greenery-colored vase with any silk flowers of your choosing for a longer-lasting color statement.

Greenery Floral Arrangement

Throw Pillows and Blankets

Items such as throw pillows and blankets will help add a pop of Greenery to your den or living room area. You can find pillows with various patterns, textures, and fabrics to also add an interesting element of design to your décor.

Greenery Throw Pillows

You could even switch out chair cushions in the eat-in kitchen or tall bar stools at your kitchen island with a Greenery-themed pattern.

Picture Frames

One can never have too many picture frames! Add some picture frames throughout your house that include Greenery aspects or are completely that color. Hang them on your wall, place them on tables, or cover bookshelves with these colorful frames. Place the Greenery frames near your new throw pillows for an added “pop” effect.

Greenery Photo Frame

These are just a few examples, proving how easy it can be to incorporate the Color of the Year into your home décor. By simply replacing small décor items, you are not making a huge commitment. This way, you can always bring your original décor items back out if you decide that Greenery just isn’t the color for you. However, you may find that you absolutely LOVE the color and these small décor items are just not enough. If this is the case, you could always make an even larger commitment to the color by painting an accent wall, or even an entire room this color!

Enjoy the Color of the Year! Let this blog inspire you to freshen things up in your home with some “Greenery.” This will help you look forward to spring that is right around the corner. This will certainly be a fun project and the best part is, you can do it all again next year when Pantone comes out with the next Color of the Year!

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