It may be almost winter, but it’s feeling pretty springy today with Pantone’s announcement of its new 2017 Color of the Year. Their choice: Greenery, “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew,” they said.

But the selection isn’t all about seasonal warmth and oneness with nature. Pantone’s color choice comes amid turbulent times, prompting the color institute to select a calming shade with hopeful psychological undertones.


“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

So, perhaps, if the world—and your Facebook feed—can’t always been a palace of Zen, at least your home can be (If Pantone has a say in it, anyway.).

This “life-affirming shade,” as Pantone calls it, is a great choice for interiors because it is both “nature’s neutral” and is also expressed “in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally.” Not to mention the fact that, after 2015’s widely panned Earthen marsala and last year’s pastel-y, gender-specific dual choices of serenity (baby blue) and rose quartz (soft pink), the selection of something bright and cheery may be, well, cheered.

At the very least, Greenery presents an opportunity to make some striking updates to your décor, whether you choose to splash some paint on your walls, show your boldness with a re-tiled kitchen or bathroom, or add a gorgeous new piece of furniture or décor.

Need some ideas for weaving the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017 into your home?

artdecoImage via Home Ozoic

A pair of brightly-hued couches complements both modern décor and the natural landscape beyond.

moroccantileImage via PopHamDesign

Encaustic cement tiles are hot for floors and backsplashes. In this inviting shade of green and featuring a Moroccan graphic pattern, they bring something extra special to the space.

diningroomImage via Decoist

Floor-to-ceiling drapes bring added interest to an eclectic space and draw attention to the windows.


A sophisticated dining room gets a lift from a standout chandelier showcasing the unexpected hue.