As the New Year dawns, excited interiors experts turn quietly and uniformly toward Pantone as the heavily veiled secret of their colour of the year is announced.
2016 was a stark U-turn from the bold, deep, brave choices of recent years: from Honeysuckle in 2011 to Tangerine Tango in 2012, Emerald in 2013 and the far from quiet and retiring Radiant Orchid in 2014, 2015 saw a step change in choice as Marsala splashed across our screens as a unifying element- rather than a colour unabashed and individual, Marsala made for an elegant, grounded statement colour; but still bold, strong, independent and bolshie. Then along came 2016. Was a decision unreachable? Or were Pantone focused on the Ombre-generational trends, choosing a colour pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity- a complementary partnership of dusty pink and baby blue. As we seek mindfulness and well being as an antidote to our daily stresses, welcoming colours that psychologically fulfil our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace. Or so Pantone tells us.
What won the accolade of Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017? A reverence to the bold and dynamic colours of the first half of the decade or a continuation of the desire to slow down, take a step back and drive some peace back into our lives? Or did Pantone revert to bold, deep and candy-esque?
Actually, the answer is a beautiful marriage of the two. Greenery, Pantone’s colour of the year 2017 does have that deeply calming effect. A zesty, yellow-green shade, reflecting the first days of spring, fresh dew laden grass and the feeling of nature reviving, restoring, renewing. Whilst at the same time this rich green is life-affirming, strong, dynamic and full of vitality. An omnipresent colour in design fields throughout the forever of design trends, green is the thread , the constant that runs through urban planning, architecture, inside out and outside in. We strive to grow plants indoors, in our gardens and in our roof boxes. We long for windows from homes and offices that reach out over rolling landscapes and we urge our kids to spend time in parks, up trees, in fields and on sports pitches. And yet this colour looks fresh, vibrant, new and pulls together in many ways the disparity of the past coupe of years from the choices of pantone from bold to candy floss with no middle ground.
Additionally, Greenery is ‘trans-seasonal’ lending itself to multiple combinations. Paired with neutrals, Greenery is the start point. With ethereal materials, the furthest natural point from which we start. Conjuring up aspects of nature, the colours of the forest floor see Greenery entrenched at the midpoint of the spectrum. And yet the shade seems equally at home in a pallet of bold candy-pop colours as in a pallet of calm, serene neurals or even with the enduring presence of the 2016 colour Rose Quartz and Serenity.
Pantone we salute you. In a world less willing to back down, less able to work together, less capable to decision making for the good of all than the willfulness of a few, you have brought to the forefront a colour that will blend and unify, satisfy and calm, engage and enthuse, rejuvenate and revitalise. What more could we ask for.