Greenery – My Take on Pantone’s Colour of the Year


“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.”


Every year Pantone carefully selects a symbolic colour of the year that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude based upon what’s taking place in our global culture. So it’s only natural – excuse the pun –  after the events of 2016 that they would pick a colour that evokes revival, restoration and a yearning for vitality and renewel like the first days of spring.

This years chosen colour of Greenery has stirred quite a lot of controversial conversation in the décor game. Personally – I LOVE IT!  Sure, I understand that it isn’t the easiest colour to work with, just typing “Greenery Interiors” into Google images might put you off the colour for life, BUT, apply it in the right way and you can achieve the most amazing results.

The fresh and zesty yellow-green shade illustrates flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors.

There are various ways to apply this colour successfully so here we go…


Using Furnishing as an Accent: 

Simply adding accents through objet and or an accent piece of furniture is the easiest way to add a pop of colour with a tone like greenery, its such a fresh and vibrant colour palette that instantly adds life to a room. The great thing about adding signature elements to a room is that you can always change it in time, chairs can easily be reupholstered and paintings and objet can be replaced with new decor trends.

The bars in the rooms above are great examples of how a single pop of colour changes a space entirely. If you use your finger to block the chairs out the rooms are really quite bare and lifeless without them. This colour adds a real 1920’s hollywood glam to these environments keeping them fresh, vibrant and wonderfully over the top.

I absolutely adore how the green and gold chairs in the above image totally transform this room into a shabby chic interior dream as does the artwork above the fireplace !


Using Wallpaper as an Accent: 

Wallpaper, ‘the great impersonator’,  as I referred to it in my previous post ” The Wonders of Wallpaper” – is truly a great trick to transform a space in a single application. The greenery print below really livens the room up, creating a wonderfully fresh element.


Curtains and Cushions:

Injecting the Greenery colour via cushions and curtains instantly adds to the level of comfort and style throughout a home. They can transform the blandest of decors and add personalised charm. Curtains and cushions are able to pull together all the elements of a room and compliment other colours in your room as effectively as adding a new of artwork to your walls.

Curtains like the ones shown below create a sense luxurious opulence due to the fabric, height and texture.



Flowers and Foliage:

The power of adding plant detail is one of the simplest and most effective tools to change the atmosphere and add that kick of colour into your decor. Flowers and foliage are an instant mood booster and can give any area a bright, light and invigorating feel. Timeless and refreshing this energising trend can be refined to suit all tastes.


Using your Garden as an Accent:

There is no reason why your garden can’t be an interior game changer, bringing the aesthetics of the outside “in” as a focal point is a wonderful way to add interesting decorative detail and colour.


Examples of interiors where every element with this tone has been perfectly applied:

The Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica 


The Delano Hotel, South Beach


Olive Interiors, Atlanta


Shown in a Homes of our Own: 

We have used shots of greenery in different homes over the years to add a pop of colour – it’s a great neutral colour that can work in most environments.



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