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Pantone Color of the Year- Greenery!

20 Jan

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?pantonegreenery1

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.  This year’s selection: Greenery.

Greenery is a brighter shade of green with a hint of yellow.  It evokes the feeling of pantonegreenery7spring and the invigorating spirit it brings.  It’s the color we see the most in nature, so Pantone calls it “Nature’s Neutral”.  Like accent colors in the forest, it pairs well with so many palettes, you will be able to put this to good use immediately. Greenery reminds of words that make things anew: refresh, revive, restore, renew, replenish, regenerate, rejuvenate, reinvigorate, re-oxygenate. Design is an outlet for all of these fresh beginnings.  And the yellow pigment in Greenery references the sun, the symbolic light that people need in these times.  Perhaps that is why it feels like a life affirming color.  Time to reconnect with nature and disconnect from technology.

Green Building

pantonegreenery2Green building has been on the rise for years.  There are many ways to build new and renovate adhering to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines for what is considered a green build.  It can be as apparent as foliage on the exterior, like the office building in downtown Tokyo, pictured right.

It can also be about the materials, lighting, plumbing, electricity, etc., like the University of Michigan Law School pictured below, which was granted Gold Certification for its efforts.

It is clepantonegreenery3ar that building green is here to stay and Greenery is a representation of that.

 

 

Design Aspects

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Vibrant for year round inclusion or “trans-seasonal”.  When paired with 2016’s Rose Quartz and Serenity, they become part of the Transitions palette.

 

pantonegreenery5It works with all of the neutrals; black, brown, tan, grey, and taupe so it will be easy to throw it in as an accent if you don’t want to center your look on Greenery.

And you can always start the natural way and add a few plants to get your green on!

 

 

 

 

guest blogger: Christine Sampier

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Bright Colors to Energize Your Home

13 Jul

Bright colors will enliven your home and perk up your life.

Be brave and energize your interior design plan!
AdBright Colors1d bright color to your interior design plan to create excitement in your décor and express your personality!
Bright colors tend to make people feel energetic, so use them in moderation and in the rooms where you want to feel spirited and lively. Be cautious about using too much bright color; it can make a room chaotic, especially when the colors are in bold patterns.

 

You have so many choices for adding bright colors:Bright Colors2

  • The clean primary colors of red, blue and yellow
  • Shocking pink and orange
  • Multiple versions of green, including Kelly green and acid green
  • Passionate purples from dark violet to lighter periwinkle
  • Earthy bright colors like rust, mustard and burnished red tones
  • Splashy spring tones of pink, green and yellow
  • Many hues of brilliant blue including royal blue, French blue and turquoise blue

Adding bright colors is all about being courageous! Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Accent paint, such as one wall in a room, the cabinets of a kitchen island, or the back walls of a built-in shelving systemBright Colors3
  • The valance or top treatment of a window fashion or the tapes on a horizontal blind
  • Touches of bright color on a printed fabric used for upholstery or draperies
  • The backsplash in your kitchen or bath – or the border on a tile surface
  • One brightly painted accent table in the living room, great room or bedroom
  • Bed or table linens that can easily be changed when you tire of a specific bright hue

Add a touch of bright to your home this season. It will energize your living space.

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Pantone- Color of the Year

11 Dec

There’s a first time for everything…Pantone2016-1
Have you ever noticed how certain colors seem to pop up each year in every aspect of design? That is largely due to Pantone, a company based in New Jersey that uses a color matching system for fabric, paint and plastics. Each year they determine a Color of the Year that we will see in fashion, interior and exterior, and graphic design. And it’s that time again! Pantone announces their trending color of the year…and a surprise it is! For the first time ever, Pantone has co-colors of the year. Meet Rose Quartz and Serenity:

Leatrice Eisman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, had a lot to say on the selection. “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

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What we find most surprising besides the two colors sharing the spotlight, is that they are 1) pale shades instead of deeply saturated colors like we have seen in the past, and 2) they are not a common pairing as we tend to look at these colors determining boy or girl. This is intentional with this forward-thinking explanation from the brand: “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”Pantone2016-3

 

You may be thinking, how do I incorporate these two colors into my home in a sophisticated way? What we suggest is start small if pastels are new to you. Start with using the colors as accessories instead of making them the main focus. Find a fabric and make a pillow or throw with it.

 

 

 

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