Pantone’s 2017 color picks: bright and optimistic

Posted by Lauran

The color gurus at the Pantone Color Institute have selected their 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery—part of an overall uplifting palette for 2017.

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

I find it fascinating that this palette is missing the dark, murky colors that paint companies are calling out for 2017. It is also missing a gray, which is in interesting departure from a trend that’s been dominant for so long.

Here are some ideas for how to use these optimistic colors in your home, in small and bigger ways.

Chilewich offers placemats, runners and coasters in Dill, a close match for Pantone’s Greenery.

The Verdure pillow from anthropologie offers a nice combination of Pantone’s cheerful tones.

Head over to West Elm for great products that match the Pantone palette, including the Muratto Cork Wall covering in Cobalt Blue (like Lapis Blue); Radiating Ovals Rug in Light Pool (similar to Island Paradise); the Leon Woodframe Loveseat in Cayenne (similar to Flame); and the Roar + Rabbit Patterned Cachepots which combine several of the Pantone colors.

The classic Eames Molded Plastic chairs are available in a wide range of colors, including Aqua Sky (a close match for Island Paradise), Peacock Blue (similar to Niagara), and Blush (much like Pale Dogwood). You could surround your dining room table with the Pantone palette!

If you’re inspired to paint an entire room or even just an accent wall, here are some good paint matches for some colors in the palette (all from Benjamin Moore).

And here’s some extreme painting inspiration for you . . .

This room pairs a color very similar to Kale with Pale Dogwood ceilings. Image via Real Simple, photo by Gentl & Hyers

What about combining Greenery, Pink Yarrow, and Flame on the walls, while using Niagara on the ceiling? Image via abookabouthearchive on Pinterest, photo by Richard Bryant

What do you think about Pantone’s picks? Will you incorporate some Greenery in your home in the coming year? Let us know in the comments.

Pantone’s Color(s) of the Year: soft and soothing

Posted by Lauran

It’s December, so that means it’s time for paint companies, designers and fashionistas to declare their “colors of the year.” The Pantone Color Institute is considered to be the leader in these predictions, and for 2016 they’ve made an interesting choice—a blend of two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity.



We have seen pink as a major color trend for a while now, and this periwinkle blue is a new twist on the soft blues that have been popular (remember “Breath of Fresh Air” from Benjamin Moore 2014?).

It’s helpful to look at the whole palette of colors that Pantone provides to see how to use Rose Quartz and Serenity in your home (without making it look like a nursery).


In our own decorating and staging projects, we find it easiest to use pink as an accent color, as we just did in this Oakland home for sale.

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The pink is limited to the artwork, one pillow and a vintage stool. We love how pink interacts with black, white and gray.

It’s interesting to note that while Benjamin Moore has chosen Simply White as their own 2016 Color of the Year, the palette they selected to complement Simply White also includes a light pink (Cream Puff) and a periwinkle blue (Enchanted).

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What do you think? Do you (or will you) use pink or periwinkle in your own home?