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Everyone could use a little extra 'greenery'

Ever since I heard that Pantone named Greenery its 2017 Color of the Year, I've been seeing it around our house. I see it on the cap of our daughter's shampoo bottle. I see it on the linen tablecloth and napkins that have been in my family for many years. I see it mixed into the pattern on the cover of a Lilly Pulitzer book I own. It even comes pretty close to the color of our tea kettle.

Now I may be seeing a lot more of it. Pantone describes Greenery as "a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew."

"Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals individuals to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate," read the Pantone release, which came out last Thursday.

"The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Through its reassuring yet assertive vibrancy, Greenery offers us self-assurance and boldness to live life on our own terms, during a time when we are redefining what makes us successful and happy.”

So what do local interior designers think about this "life-affirming shade" expected to be popular in home decor, fashion and beyond? The ones I talked to love it.

"I think it's a great color to start off 2017. It's bright, fresh, clean and bright. It reminds me of spring. It's versatile. I can see it paired with white, black, metallics and navy," said Erin Kent, of Erin Kent Interiors.

It's an easy color to use and one that can be used in existing rooms - especially as an accent color, she added.

Local interior designer Mark Taylor gave Greenery a thumb's up, too.

"I love that color. I've always used that color green. I try to use it wherever I can," said Taylor, who has used similar shades in the rooms he has designed for  Decorators' Show Houses through the years, the biennial event co-sponsored by the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News.

Local interior designer Sandy Nelson said Greenery reminds her of the paint color on the walls of her kitchen, which features white cabinets, black countertops  and a red oak floor. Greenery is a little brighter than her color - Brookside Moss by Benjamin Moore, said Nelson, who runs Designs of the Times.

"Greenery is a happy color. It reminds me of those first buds on the trees in the spring. It's the bright color in new leaves. To me it's a hopeful color -  a color of new beginnings," she said.

And, she added: "I wonder if the Pantone color consultants took into consideration the political climate of the past few years and wanted to give us a color that is hopeful and optimistic?"

Eiseman, in fact, had this to say in the release: “While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world, Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Ready to add a little more Greenery to your life - beyond the shampoo bottle?


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