Every year, we look to color gurus Pantone to tip toward what’ll be on the paint brushes and in the design schemes of homes across the nation — their carefully chosen annual Color of the Year always signifies a color trend on the rise, which we almost surely see playing out in the fashion and design worlds.
In 2016, soft Serenity blue and smoky Rose Quartz pink were the big picks. For 2017, Pantone nods to Greenery, a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”
It’s a pretty color, certainly, but although Pantone dubs Greenery “nature’s neutral,” it’d be a bold, bordering on overwhelming choice for walls. For our part, Greenery, with its new-leaves freshness, is the kind of Color of the Year that asks to be an accent.
Throw pillows, accessories, art — there are lots of ways to bring this energetic color into a space without making it feel like you’re sleeping inside a massive cup of Matcha tea.
Below, we picked out a few pieces you can find at home shops in Nashville that’ll bring some Greenery into your home (or at least a close approximation of the color).
Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year in practice, in Nashville
Florence Pillow at Bliss Home
2711 Franklin Pike, Nashville
Never underestimate the home-decor power of the humble throw pillow — a few pieces in the right color, texture, size, shape can pull a whole room together. This Florence Pillow at Bliss Home in the Melrose/Berry Hill area could work with a lot of different design schemes, and with a neutral-colored couch, it’d do a lot to make your living room pop. ($54.95 at ShopinBliss.com)
Green Jar with Flower Medallion at At Home
3701 Annex Avenue, Nashville
Whenever and wherever possible, we all tend to try to do our shopping at locally owned Nashville stores. But from time to time, a chain store has pieces that hit the mark on aesthetic and price point, and we pounce. Fresh Greenery-ish tones and a cool crackle finish on this jar from At Home make for an easy way to bring that fresh color onto a bookshelf or kitchen counter. They’re $14.99, and At Home has a Nashville location at 3701 Annex Avenue, just off Charlotte in West Nashville (a few miles from our Ashland Place townhome listings).
Havana Verde pillow at Wilder
1212 4th Ave. N., Nashville
For your edgier, more modern designs, you might head to Germantown shop Wilder — this Havana Verde pillow is a piece of abstract art you can lay your head on, and we mean that pretty literally; the design comes from Nashville textile brand Electra Eggleston, whose leader, Andra Eggleston, bases designs on her famous father William Eggleston’s sketches. Not your average cushion, for sure. And with kumquat orange piping that sets off the fresh green, this one in particular is a colorful stunner. ($280 at Wilderlife.com)
Isabella Nightstand at Nadeau
647 Thompson Lane, Nashville
Smaller accent furniture pieces like nightstands are a prime choice for bringing in powerful but not overwhelming bursts of color. From Nadeau in the Berry Hill area, this soft but fresh Isabella nightstand could take a humdrum bedroom and wake it up for spring. ($152 at furniturewithasoul.com)
Spring Botanicals Still Acrylic Wall Art from West Elm
4019 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville
If you wanted to, you could take the Greenery vibe very literally, and dress up a dining or living room with this Spring Botanicals wall art from West Elm (there’s a Nashville location at 4019 Hillsboro Pike in Green Hills). This Verdant piece features Greenery-fresh greens alongside deeper hues arranged by photographer Mary Jo Hoffman, then printed on clear acrylic panels. ($269 at westelm.com)
Fiddle Leaf Fig from FLWR Shop
123 S. 11th St., Nashville
Even more literally: Bring something living into your living room. We mentioned not too long ago that Fiddle Leaf Figs were continuing to have a home-decor moment, and that remains true. East Nashville’s FLWR Shop carries lovely ones — they need a fair bit of attention, but it’s worth it. (10″ plant in a 12″ basket, $90 via flwrshop.com)
Matcha Latte Cream & Sugar Set at Ten Thousand Villages
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 20, Nashville
Even if we don’t want to feel like we’re stuffed inside a Matcha cup, having cute, Matcha-colored pieces to dress up the kitchen: never a bad thing. This set from Ten Thousand Villages in Green Hills has handcrafted details, and earthy charm that’ll make brunch a more artful affair. ($29.99 via www.tenthousandvillages.com)
How do you feel about Pantone’s Color of the Year choice? Can you see Greenery making its way into your home decor in 2017?
If you’re searching for a new Nashville home to decorate in the New Year, we’d love to help — call or email and tell us about what you’re looking for!