The 2017 Color of the Year Is Fresh…and Prehistoric

Posted on Dec 15 2016 - 11:38am by Suzanne De Vita
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Prepare to see a lot more green in 2017—and not the kind you get from a scratch-off.

Pantone recently revealed next year's Color of the Year, a "zesty" yellow-green named—what else?—Greenery. The hue, which immediately brings to mind The Land Before Time, will crop up in home decor and housewares, from accents and furniture to paint.


The "refreshing and revitalizing shade," as Pantone's color experts describe, "is symbolic of new beginnings," as in capping off—let's just say it—a crazy year. The experts also tout it as "life-affirming, emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality." And dinos.

"Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose."

The prehistoric choice is a departure from last year's double-pick: Rose Quartz, a blush pink, and Serenity, a dusty blue, and actually marries well with the two, and a host of other palettes, including fellow greens (think moss) and randoms like mulberry pink. The color goes with anything, really—"nature's neutral," and all.

From a real estate perspective, green in any shade is generally a "good" color—it's gender-neutral, and won't detract from your home's value. Though it'll always make us hungry for tree stars, we can definitely see us getting our green on in 2017.

green kitchen

green living room

Credit: Houzz