Each December, the trendspotters at Pantone announce a Color of the Year. It’s an exalted shade that’s deemed the most influential hue on the spectrum. It will inform everything from the runways of fashion week, to the aisles of big box stores, to home décor. This year’s haute hue: greenery. The lively and verdant shade, found most often in gardens, reminds (most welcomingly) that spring is just around the corner. It may still be cold outside, but take to heart dear reader, there are plenty of ways to incorporate greenery into design while waiting for temps to rise.
Pare It Down
Pantone called greenery “nature’s neutral,” but the shade is decidedly bolder indoors than out. Mixed with grays and taupe, green can be an easy choice since most rooms have a hint of the color either through a window or in a potted plant in the corner. “Pairing greenery with white and French gray is a ‘natural’ way to add life and zest to a room,” said Katharine Posillico McGowan of Katharine Jessica Interior Design, LLC in Huntington. “I’d personally use it as a dash of color in lamps and throw pillows.”
Sharon Gunther, owner of Northport’s Fresh Design Group, echoes McGowan’s advice. “If a client wanted to incorporate the color but not be dramatic with it, I could see greenery being used as an accent color in a room that had a lot of crisp, bright white,” she said.
A leafy shade is a style chameleon. With pale blue and grays, the hue presents a coastal vibe. Interspersed with shades of white and washed wood tones, it skews serene and contemporary. Missy Rinfret, one half of Manhasset design firm The Rinfret Group, calls the shade a must for a preppy scheme. “A staple of ours is to use an apple green color with a light pink or navy accent.”
Can’t get enough? For those daring to take a design risk, there are plenty of ways to give greenery a starring role in the décor. “We love green as a lacquer on bamboo dining chairs, but it’s also the perfect color for a painted entry floor,” Rinfret said. Both McGowan and Gunther suggest using the shade as a paint color. “It’s not as jarring as you would think,” Gunther said, adding that combining greenery with a contrasting hue will bring the drama. Her choices: eggplant for a moody, glamorous look and terra-cotta for a Mediterranean-style space.
Brass and gold-toned metals are having a major moment in interior design—and just so happen to be ideal complements to the Pantone pick, Gunther said. This is because analogous colors (those that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel) are naturally pleasing to the eye. “Gold is really going to make any sort of green color pop because it’s very yellow,” she explained.
Most designers approve of this year’s haute shade but if it’s simply not for you, it’s fine to take a pass on it. “This color can be jarring to some,” said Jennifer Scully of Jennifer Scully Designs in Dix Hills. “You have to feel comfortable in your own home.” At the very least the fauna-inspired hue will occur spontaneously as plants and florals bloom indoors and out.