Green is the New Blue

ProSource | 4/3/2017 | Expert Advice

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017, Greenery, is “nature’s neutral.” The yellow-green hue symbolizes new beginnings and reminds homeowners to “take a deep breath, oxygenate, and reinvigorate.” We reached out to design experts for their best advice on incorporating Greenery and other shades from this restorative color family.

Decorating With Green Just Makes Sense

“I recommend green quite often,” says Bette Steflik, a certified Feng Shui consultant, space guru, and artist. “It is associated with springtime, a fresh start, vitality, and hope.” She explains that green, as a color that’s prevalent in nature, influences a homeowner’s inner state and provides hope and new beginnings.

Sue Wadden, Director of Color Marketing at Sherwin-Williams, has been watching green gain momentum over the last few seasons and says it “make sense” that Pantone’s Color of the Year selection is Greenery. “We believe green is a key color to watch in 2017 and beyond,” says Wadden.

In addition to Pantone’s Greenery, Sherwin-Williams’ 2017 forecast includes hues like Cascades (“a deep, rich, and jewel-toned green that is both moody and opulent”), Sheraton Sage (“a muted, organic, and loamy green, like vintage avocado”), Citronella (“a neon-tinted green that is bright, vibrant, and bold”), and Saguaro (“a right green that feels like the jungle floor or a living wall of moss”).

Incorporate Green Via Cabinets And Countertops

“Beyond Pantone’s color of the year, we will see green emerging in intense, nature-focused tones as the lines between physical and digital make botanicals look almost surreal in 2017,” says Wadden. “Green is present in living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens – particularly on cabinetry and countertops.”

Wholesale materials from ProSource make it particularly easy to capitalize on this colorful trend. Gorgeous quartz countertops offer one high-quality way to introduce green into a kitchen. And maple cabinets – in green hues such as Sweet Pea, Sprout, or Pesto – work beautifully in all types of kitchens: traditional, cottage, contemporary, and more.

These foundation greens are ideal in bathrooms, too. For a subtler green, consider a sink in Vapour Green or Sea Salt. ProSource offers a tremendous array of sink styles, from under-counter and self-rimming to pedestal and wading pool. 

Add a “Lush” Carpet Of Green

For its 2017 Color of the Year, Shaw Floor selected – appropriately enough – a soothing green called Lush. “Greens change with the seasons without every getting old or boring,” says Shaw’s creative director Debbie Houston. “Lush is nature’s neutral.”

Versatile and vibrant, Lush lays an organic foundation that beautifully pulls all of the other colors in the room together.  The results: a space that Mother Nature herself would be love. 

Green Goes Best With…

Pantone’s color gurus pair Greenery with “neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallic and even the enduring presence of Colors of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity.” Greenery is a “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to a wide array of color combinations.

Amy Bly of Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors says dark greens evoke elegance and serenity, while lighter greens and yellow-greens (like Greenery) bring energy and joy to a space. “Green is a refreshing, nature-connected color that is generally relaxing to people.”

Bly recommends combining darker green shades with gold or muted brass accents. Fortunately, gold-tone fixtures – from bathroom faucets to cabinet hardware – are super-trendy and available at wholesale prices from ProSource Showrooms. Gold and brass mirrors, light fixtures, and other accessories also complement surrounding greens.

Bly pair lighter green with “just about any shade of blue, orange, yellow, even pink or purple” to make a room fun and lively. “When choosing area rugs to go with green walls, choose a rug with a little of the same green in it so the room looks cohesive and pulled together,” she adds.

NYC-based painting company Paintzen frequently recommends Guilford Green to clients who are looking for something neutral but different. “Because it has an undertone that is almost silver, it can work with both warm and cool palettes,” say Paintzen’s experts. “It’s complemented by everything from purpley-grays and deeper olive tones to creamy whites and golden beiges.”

Paintzen’s “absolute favorite” way to use this green is in a room with wooden floors and crisp white trim – “so classically beautiful in kitchens, dining rooms, or guest rooms.”

It Rocks As An Accent Color

Keith Heric is the store manager of Chicago’s Nadeau – Furniture with a Soul. Heric likes using Greenery as a pop of color. “If a living space is in a sea of browns and neutral pieces, that pop can be very inviting,” he says.

Heric cautions about getting too heavily ensconced in a trendy color. “Avoid using too much – use it as an accent and less as the main color palette so it doesn’t take over your room.”

Mark Cutler, an interior designer in Los Angeles and the chief designer for online interior design firm nousDecor.com, agrees. “Green can be a challenging color to decorate with because of the way it reflects light. Used in selected ways – as an accent color like a soft green on the ceiling, for example – it can add interest to an otherwise unremarkable room.”

Building materials, foundation pieces, home décor, paint… how will you use green in your 2017 design scheme?

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