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Decorating Wisely : Annual report on the Pantone color of the year Featured

Written by  Glenda Wise Saturday, 14 January 2017 22:54
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It is time for my annual report on the Pantone color of the year. This year it’s really one I can connect with because it’s “inspired by nature”. It’s simply referred to as Greenery by the Pantone Color Institute. I’m loving the color. Ashton even likes it, because she just admitted to me that she normally hates the color of the year. I have to agree with her, sometimes it is hard to really figure out how those colors fit into normal, everyday people’s homes and fashion.


According to Forbes, “the color [of the year] has historically influenced trends in all facets of design—architecture, interior décor, fashion, food, travel—the list goes on.” I have to agree with that statement, sometimes it takes a year or so for it to trickle down to regular old people like us, but eventually it does. I tend to see it show up first in wedding colors. I remember in 2014 when it was, Radiant Orchid. I didn’t see it as much in home décor, but I did see it a lot in wedding work. It was quite beautiful and I still see it today, particularly mixed with earthy hues as the one pop of color.


I love the chosen color of Greenery this year because it feels fresh and new. It reminds me of exploring the outdoors and nature. Pantone describes the color as a “yellow-green hue”. It’s fitting that they chose this shade of green because that’s how green things look outside, they vary in shades. The outdoors doesn’t grow in one standard shade of green; it grows in various hues, which is what makes it so beautiful.


I think another thing I love about this color is that it truly reflects people’s desires to reconnect with nature and live a life full of adventure versus a life full of stuff. That is something the Millennials certainly are able to do better than we Gen Xers did, but I’m learning. I grew up in the 80’s when shows like “Dynasty” influenced the culture. It was a time of accumulating stuff and debt no matter what the cost. I’m so happy to see this generation shifting away from the time of stuff and freeing themselves.


Forbes quoted fashion designer Vivienne Westwood as saying, “Buy less, choose well, make it last.” I think that is a motto we can all live by.

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