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Pantone’s Color of the Year Is Definitely Fresh

Well, no one can say that Pantone is predictable.

The Color of the Year announcement always has me excited. It’s fascinating to see the trickle effect as each new pick spreads through different industries. From interior design, to art, to fashion and accessories, it’s easy to see the influence Pantone has had on the rest of the design world. Not only that, but the Color of the Year idea has moved on to other incredible companies. But they’re not always in sync.

While Benjamin Moore chose a haunting and moody purple and Sherin Williams focused on a crisp and clean neutral, Pantone announced on Thursday a color so bright it might just shock you. Or irritate you. Or beg you to question why.

It’s like the stages of grief, but over a color choice instead.

And then, I fell in love. Seriously. It’s in your face. But when done right, I think it can make an incredible impact.

It’s really green. It’s not even a deep emerald or a pale seafoam. This is hella, crazy green. Imagining it plastered on all four walls seems more than a little overwhelming. It’s one hell of a bold choice. I think it’s a color that might work best in small pops of color- artwork, throw pillows, plants, even a front door.

So, of course, I’ve been scouring Pinterest for ideas and found some beautiful uses of the color- and all of them saw an incredible impact.

This Sofa Is Everything via Vogue Australia | Sundae Co.Photo via Vogue Living

On top of this space looking especially comfortable and cozy with the plush velvet, the spark of green coming from the sofa is just so inviting with just a hint of a 70s decadence. Seriously, anyone thinking of Boogie Nights right now? No? Just me?

Green Is So Unexpected In This Kitchen via Unduetre Ilaria | Sundae Co.Photo via Unduetre Ilaria

The modernity of this kitchen is just begging for use of a natural color like green to break apart all the white. From the powder coated stools to the little drinking glasses on the open shelving, this is an especially cool use of the color and brings a lot of life to an otherwise minimalist space.

Who said we need fabric or paint to make a Greenery impact? via My Domaine | Sundae Co.Photo via My Domaine

I wish I could be trusted to keep plants alive like this, because the bookshelves are seriously inspiring. Just the way they’re creeping out makes it feel like you’re kind of living in a very posh jungle. Seriously, I’m into it. And those chairs? Ugh, yes please.

This wallpaper would be perfect in an entry way | Sundae Co.Wallpaper by Thibaut Design

‘Greenery’ can find itself in the wallpaper too. The print is incredible and the colors are just begging for a feature in a hallway with wainscoting or in a contemporary study with rich dark wood furniture. Obsessed.

The blush pink with the plantlife is amazing via Gosto Disto | Sundae Co.Photo via Gosto Disto

Another stunning jungle but with soft and pretty blush pink to offset. This room looks so darn cozy, I’m wondering how I can convince Josh to let me buy us a pink sofa.

Loving the in infusion of plants here via Concept Colorways | Sundae Co.Photo via Concept & Colorways

If you’re a little overwhelmed by using green in your decor, maybe start out small. These are just so sweet and would be perfect on a sill with a load of natural light.

This would be amazing for a kid's room via Concept Colorways | Sundae Co.Photo by Julia Ryan

Although I’ve mentioned before how seriously not “kid-friendly” my life is at the moment, I can’t help but want to pin this to a secret “Future Children” board because how cute is this? The green is perfect for a kid’s space and adds just the perfect brightness to an otherwise neutral space.

And the best part of this year’s choice? The thoughtfulness that went into the discussion.

Pantone has called ‘Greenery’:

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.

And when you put it that way, it’s really hard not to get excited. Reinvigoration is something we all need right now, right? Especially with 2017 so close by!

And honestly, can’t you see the potential?


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