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'Greenery’ And How To Use It In Interiors

'Greenery’ And How To Use It In Interiors

The year is still fresh and after a long and cold winter, we are all desperate for the first signs of spring. Are you with me when I say SPRING!!! I don’t think I have ever felt that much in need for a bit of sunshine and some blossoms. This ties in well with the Pantone Colour of this year.

Pantone, the world-renowned authority on colour and provider of colour systems, made ‘Greenery’ the colour of 2017!  Which, after a ‘pastel’ 2016, with pink ‘Rose Quartz’ and the soft blue ‘Serenity’ as key colours, sees a return to nature.

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.

Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute gets us in an optimistic mood for 2017 saying: “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalise, Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

As we are all about living colourfully, this years’ Pantone colour fits in perfectly with some of our favourite green interiors and products such as our Aluro green cushion (see above). Whether you go for mint, avocado, pear, sage or grass green, green is relaxing, inviting and energising. And once you have the perfect shade of green, it can work perfectly in any home when accompanied by the right accents.

Adding pastel yellows and pinks can create a sophisticated retro look, or if you are a fan of the Art Deco period then try incorporating accents of black to give your space some dimension and character.

But be aware that too much blue or yellow pigment in your green colour can make it feel cold and green rooms that don't benefit from much natural light can feel dark and overpowering.

Green walls can be a little overwhelming for some, but accented with neutral furniture provides a nice and relaxing harmony and using it to accessorise a room can create a peaceful yet sophisticated atmosphere.

With green being such a versatile colour, Pantone has created 10 pallets paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels and metallics to help you incorporate 'Greenery' into your colour scheme. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.

We hope our favourite green interiors have got you inspired and ready to unpack those paint brushes ready for spring.

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