Described as a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring, Greenery – Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 – symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature. This fresh hue seeks to “revive, restore and renew,” and is “illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors.” It signals to consumers to, “take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”
“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.” Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.
Greenery is very different from last year’s two pretty pastel colours – Serenity and Rose Quartz. It’s a refreshing and revitalising shade that’s symbolic of new beginnings, and has already been spotted on the spring 2017 catwalks. As the New Year gets underway, it will only be a matter of time before interior designers start picking up on this bright shade of green.
Green – how it affects your mood
A restful and soothing colour, green combines refreshing blue and cheery yellow, and is suited to any room in your home. But how does green make you feel? For most people, green brings to mind trees, forests and lush green grass, and as it’s so heavily associated with nature, it’s often described as a refreshing and tranquil colour.
- A cool colour, green represents nature, as well as tranquillity, good luck, health and jealousy.
- Green is often used in language for example, ‘green fingers’, ‘green with envy.’
- Green helps to relieve stress, and it’s thought that those who have a green working environment experience less stomach upsets.
- Often used in decorating, green has a calming effect. Guests waiting to appear on TV usually wait in a ‘green room’ to relax.
- Green has long been a symbol of fertility, and was even the preferred colour choice for wedding gowns in the 15th Century.
- Green can even help reading ability. Laying a transparent sheet of green paper over reading material helps to increase reading speed and understanding.
How to use Pantone Colour of the Year in the Bathroom
The refreshing shade of Greenery is perfect for the bathroom, and you can be as bold or as subtle as you like with it. There are a variety of ways in which you can introduce this colour, for example, with tiles, wallpaper, paint, towels, artwork, plants and accessories. For added wow factor don’t be scared to combine Greenery with an equally bold colour, but pair with other light neutrals such as white.
Green walls, floor and ceiling is not something that most of us would consider, and even those that love this hue, will agree that it will be a bit much. So, for more effective use of green, go for an accent wall, which should be the one that gets the most natural light. It’s best to keep the window frames white, rather than paint them the accent colour. If your bathroom has no natural light, then fit a large mirror to achieve a similar effect.
Green usually has to coordinate with another colour in your bathroom. The easiest combination to pull off is green and white, which creates a fresh, modern look. If your bathroom is mostly white, a few green tiles used as a splash back area can be enough. You could also use green tiles in the shower or above the bath.
Create a feature wall
Using green tiles, wallpaper or paint to create a feature wall will really transform your bathroom into a vibrant space. Why not try the metro green wall tiles from Tile Mountain, which are great for brightening up a drab bathroom. Alternatively you could opt for patterned wallpaper such as Fern by Little Greene.
An injection of foliage
One of the easiest ways to use Greenery in the bathroom is with foliage. With low light and high humidity, the bathroom provides the perfect home for many houseplants, but it’s essential to choose the right plant to suit this environment, as some could barely last the duration of a shower without wilting. According to the joyofplants.co.uk, ferns are a happy inhabitant of any bathroom, and their ability to purity the air make them the perfect companion for a relaxing soak in the bath.
A shot of colour
Sticking with the nature theme, the stem pattern towels by interior designer Orla Kiely feature a vibrant green shade for a shot of colour. Or you could try the Egyptian cotton towels in Apple Green by John Lewis. Green towels provide a quick and simple way to introduce Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 into your bathroom. Don’t forget about the window dressing too. A vibrant green blind, such as the Valencia Simplicity lime roller blind from blinds2go.co.uk will really help bring the look together. We also love the Green Woods shower curtain and Feuille bath mat for bringing a touch of nature indoors.
A trans-seasonal shade, Greenery lends itself to a wide range of colour combinations. It can be paired with neutrals, bright and deeper shades, pastels and metallics, and with a little creativity can easily be incorporated into your home’s interior. The below Pantone colour combinations are sure to get your creative juices flowing!
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Hi, I’m Liz, an interiors blogger. My main focus area is the bathroom, where I aim to inspire anyone who’s planning and designing a new bathroom – you’ll find plenty of tips, how-to guides and a wealth of ideas!