Pantone Color of the Year 2017

I’ve been anxiously awaiting December to roll around because that is when  the global color authority of the design industry, Pantone Color Institute, reveals their Color of the Year choice for 2017.

This week the announcement was made that 15-3043 Greenery, which we saw in the PANTONE Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report, is the official winner.

Greenery is a fresh and “zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring” recalling botanical life and signs of nature’s regrowth.

“While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape.

Pantone calls Greenery a trans-seasonal shade that pairs well with neutrals, other bright colors and deeper shades too, pastels and metallics.

The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally.

PANTONE identified 10 palettes where Greenery plays a role. I’ve paired a few palettes with inspiration photos. You can review the PANTONE color trends that inspired these palettes here.


Notice the Transitions palette has 2016 colors of the year Serenity Blue and Rose Quartz.

Ethereal Matter

Greenery mixes well with the metallic finishes in this inspiration room.

Grand Canyon

I think the lime green Smeg refrigerator is super fun.

Forest Floor

This is one of my favorite inspiration photos. It’s the home of Fashion Designer Christian Siriano.

Rev It Up



This was one of the harder inspiration photos for me to find.

Moody Blooms

What better inspiration this cheerful palette than a Lilly Pulitzer dressing room?

Deep Rooted

I like the industrial mix with this inspiration for the Deep Rooted palette.

Calm it Down

This may be he most surprising palette but the more I look at it, the more I like it.




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