The Pantone Colour Institute recently announced “Greenery” as Colour of the Year 2017 following last year’s softer shades of blush “Rose Quartz” and a baby blue “Serenity”. The announcement explained, “Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world”.
The innate yearning towards the purity of nature is similar to our innate yearning towards the beauty of art. Both have the power to uplift us. “A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world”, elaborates the statement. We explore the ways in which green can be incorporated into a decor space, bringing with it a sense of calm and elegance.
The colour of spring, yellow-green symbolizes renewal and revitalization. This refreshing shade creates an airy and pleasant atmosphere. Taking a direct interpretation of “Greenery”, the artworks showcase the delicate beauty of nature. The nature-themed artworks add a touch of softness to the space that is rounded off with other decor elements like nature-inspired curios and complementary-coloured seating and upholstery. The green backdrop of the cabinet paired with the artworks on either side of it create a canopy of their own, breathing an air of life into the space.
The sofa’s blue-green, a gentle yet strong colour, is reminiscent of nature’s greens in vegetation and also the myriad blues of the ocean. Keeping with the elegant decor aesthetic seen here, the abstract artworks are in tune with the interior’s sombre colour-scheme. Their commanding position on the wall ties the elements of the room together. While the blue-green helps sound the echoes of nature, its pairing with grey walls and contemporary abstract art weaves in an urban feel, creating a synergy that represents both the man-made and the natural.
Classic Dark Green
Dark green is one of the perennial classic statement colours. Its bold yet understated appeal creates a warm and cozy environment that has a mature quality. To add some movement to the walls and give their colour breathing space, artworks arranged as collages are a great option. Subtly coloured artworks with substantial white spaces ensure that the walls look well covered yet not overbearingly full. A collage also offers interesting opportunities to play with different kinds of art styles and combinations. Pairing a surreal work with a landscape? Why not!
Back to the Roots: Green & Brown
There is a certain comfort in putting two colours together that are so elementary in nature. The green accents in this space - the artwork, sofa and plants, add a radiant touch against the stately wooden panelling of the walls. Together, they create a homely yet quietly grand ambiance that is welcoming and soothing. The combination strikes a chord with our instinctive sense of recognizing it as earthen. Maintaining a floral theme through artwork or plants adds to the charming and cheerful nature of the decor.