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Pantone Goes Green in 2017

Posted by on December 14, 2016 in Trends

It has become a tradition with myself to guess Pantone’s Color of the Year. Since I started at HD, I’ve gone 0 for 3. I’m the Cleveland Browns of Pantone conjecture. Way back in September, I predicted it may be a an orangish color—an ochre, if you will.

Needless to say, it was not my year. It was Greenery’s year. And even if my personal guess was wrong, HD was right. We named green as a product trend to look out for in 2017 in our December trendspotting issue. (We’re coming for you, Pantone.)

“We know what kind of world we are living in: one that is very stressful and very tense,“ says Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “This is the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the ‘re’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew. Every spring we enter a new cycle and new shoots come from the ground. It is something life affirming to look forward to.”

Relying on the color authority to reassure us that there is still optimism in the world may not be the ideal circumstance, but I’ll take what I can get. Those drab days when it feels like the sky is falling and the earth is literally on fire, at least that greenish-yellow hue is a mood enhancer that offers a restorative and refreshing feeling.

Here’s a look at some products that are making going green more chic.


Flavor Paper‘s Wild Thing wallpaper takes cues from classic banana leaf and palm patterns for a large-scale print that brings a tropical paradise to life.


 Arturo Alvarez‘s Tempo pendant is crafted in fine pleats to form two overlapping layers, giving the lighting fixture movement. The green iteration adds an energetic touch.


The Nicolette chair from Ethimo is designed to highlight a variety of personalities by mixing and matching materials, and juxtaposing color with simple lines.


The Anda armchair from Ligne Roset is curvaceous and vibrant, an accent piece to revive any space.

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