You’ve probably heard by now, the “it” color for 2017, as announced by the experts at Pantone, is Greenery. A verdant shade sure to inject a sense of natural serenity into your décor.
And we must say, we think it’s a fantastic accent color to incorporate into your home. While this hasn’t always been the case with past colors of the year, Greenery is a fabulous way to refresh and energize your space.
So, how do you do it, short of a full-on redesign?
This kitchen and dining area are gorgeous. And if you want to go this far—painting walls and tiling backsplashes—fantastic. But not everyone is up for that kind of investment, and quite frankly, not every room needs it.
The trick is in the small details. Notice the green floor pillow and decorative bowl in the foreground? Both are excellent ways to add color without the fuss.
Some other ways this kitchen and dining area could be enhanced with a bit of Greenery? How about new upholstery on the bench or chairs in the dining area? This is something a bit more involved than just choosing a bowl for the table, but it’s not a huge investment, and not particularly time-consuming.
One of our favorite things about Greenery? It’s not going out of style any time soon, so a few months or a year from now you’re not going to be itching to replace it all.
Let’s talk a little bit about the accent wall. Painting is something to be considered carefully, especially if you’re renting your home. It’s not something that can be taken with you, or easily removed. And if painting violates your lease, well, that’s a full-stop right there.
But if you choose to paint, we think an accent wall like the one behind the banquette is a perfect place. It’s not overwhelming the space, it’s not the commitment of going all-green in the living room, and it’s a vibrant, verdant shade that’s going to work all year round.
Other good accent walls? Above the backsplash in the kitchen, behind the headboard in the bedroom, and maybe even on a larger wall in the living area.
Turning to the bedroom, how can you easily incorporate the color of the year here? Let’s take a peek at this one:
Again, consider the small details first. A throw blanket at the foot of the bed, a decorative pillow at the head. Maybe a pair of rugs, one on either side of the bed. A bit of real greenery resting on a dresser top brings lovely texture and beautiful color. These are all really easy changes to make within your home—you’ll have no problem reinvigorating your space in just an afternoon.
Some other ideas, before you make major changes… A strategically placed vase in this same shade of green, or maybe a cluster of candles on a mantel. How about adding a beautiful piece of art the features our selected color? Glance around your space and see what could easily be swapped out for something new. Accent pillows on a sofa are an easy change. The same is true for table linens in the dining room.
Save the big-ticket items—new wallpaper, indulgent bed linens, painting the entire room, retiling a bath—for a color you truly love at a time when it truly makes sense. But in the meantime, perk up your space, bring back some energy, and consider those little touches.