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Add a Little Green to Your Projects
with Pantone’s Color of the Year


Green is having a moment.

From accessories to appliances to the tiles underfoot, there are green notes everywhere in design. Millennials have shown a marked preference for green, a big signal to marketers to tout its calming hues.

It comes as no surprise then that Pantone has given us a green shade as its 2017 color of the year. That color is Greenery, a vibrant, bold green—the color of newly emerging grass and unfurling leaves—that speaks to regeneration and a connection to nature.

Regardless of tone, all greens, rooted as they are in nature’s hues, promote a feeling of calm and ease, an earthiness that is comforting.

Hospitals and mental facilities caught on to green’s ability to soothe and provide a connection to nature in the early decades of the 20th century, thanks to industrial color consultants. Green quickly found its way onto walls, linens, scrubs, and even medical equipment. A pastel shade, called Misty Green was a popular color used by medical instrument makers.

Here are a few ways to employ a bit of green to your kitchen and bath projects:

• Consider adding a green appliance to your kitchen set-up. Yes, it’s quite a color commitment, but in an otherwise neutral kitchen of pale wood or white, it provides welcome contrast. High performance appliance maker BlueStar offers a whole slate of appliances in Greenery. If that’s too much green to commit to, think smaller, like a colored stand mixer or coffee maker.

• Use green tiles as an accent on either walls or floors in a bathroom to bring in a bit of nature.

• Paint a bathroom vanity—or even open shelves in kitchen—in this fresh shade for a pop of color that won’t overwhelm. In a Victorian-inspired bathroom with a claw foot tub, painting the tub’s exterior is a great way to introduce Greenery into the space.

• Have a small powder room? Throw caution to the winds, and stroke Greenery over all the walls for a bold look.