Pantones’s Outdoorsy Color of the Year

Pantones’s Outdoorsy Color of the Year
Pantones’s Outdoorsy Color of the Year

At the end of every year, the Pantone Color Institute selects a hue that it believes will be symbolic of the year to come. This past December, they selected a color that is not only figuratively but also literally a fresh start. “Greenery,” a bright yellow-green, is the color of newly-sprouted spring seedlings, but it’s symbolic of other new beginnings as well.

“Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.” -Leatrice Eisman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute

Reconnecting with Nature

What better place is there to reconnect with the natural world than an actual outdoor space? Greenery is a perfect choice for outdoor furniture and design because, as noted by the Pantone Color Institute, it is “nature’s neutral.”

The vibrant hue is fairly design agnostic—it meshes well with outdoor furniture of nearly every style and material. Wood finishes and all-weather wicker are no-brainers to pair with it, but metals can’t be overlooked either. Use Greenery as your base with solid-color cushions, or as an accent in throw pillows and bolsters. Get more non-traditional with a Greenery-upholstered pouf. It lends itself to a variety of color palettes, livening up pastels and other neutrals while toning down many brighter and even metallic shades.

Green in Color Theory

The color green in general symbolizes growth and prosperity, freshness and healing. It’s upbeat and positive, conveying a sense of wellbeing. It’s a harmonious color, as evidenced by the many different palettes it fits into. It’s also hopeful—and we hope to see a lot of Greenery in your lines this year!