Pantone’s ‘Greenery' to refresh, revitalize in 2017

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 11, 2017

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The Pantone Color Institute recently unveiled its 2017 Pantone Color of the Year — “Greenery.” The zesty yellow-green shade, categorized as “nature’s neutral,” is symbolic of new beginnings and a connection to the natural world.

Since 1999, Pantone has designated a color of the year to mirror the culture and mood of the world.

“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment,” said Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman in a statement. “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

The fresh green hue evokes a sense of vitality. The color is present in nature around the world, constantly present on the periphery.

“The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy,” Eiseman said in a statement. “Through its reassuring yet assertive vibrancy, Greenery offers us self-assurance and boldness to live life on our own terms during a time when we are redefining what makes us successful and happy.”

Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the green outdoors to meld with a room’s ambiance, according to Pantone, and living walls, terrariums, botanically themed wallpaper, paint or a piece of furniture can bring Greenery indoors.

Corie Conroy, president of First Impression Home Staging in Bloomfield Hills, offered tips on incorporating Greenery into interior design.

“I’ve seen some homes lately that have been updated to have the color Greenery or a version of it in pillows, drapes, rugs or an accent color in many rooms of the home,” Conroy said. “It’s so pretty and connects us back to nature. In recent years, the live walls and gardens have become more and more popular.”

A pop of Greenery helps to imbue a sense of peace, tranquility and relaxation, she said.

“It’s a stressful time for us right now, and I think that people are anticipating this change coming up in our government and our world,” she said. “I think this is an appropriate color for this year.”

Conroy recommended adding Greenery to basements or rooms that don’t receive any natural light, such as bathrooms.

“By adding a color like that on a wall, it’s striking but also brightens up a room without even using natural light to make it more uplifting and cheerful,” she said.

Besides having an energizing quality, Conroy said that Greenery is versatile.

“It coordinates well with every neutral — cream, grays, browns,” she said. “It’s a vibrant color that attracts a lot of the younger people too.”

For more information about Greenery or the Pantone Color Institute, visit