Text by Deborah Hastings | Photography by John O’Hagan | Styling by Yukie McLean
Designer Deborah Hastings provides tips and how-tos in using Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year in your own cottage.
As an interior designer, I have always advised my clients to use caution investing too much in the latest design trends. But when I saw Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, 15-0343, I found myself running for the paint store. This is not just any green, but a fresh bright shade I have been yearning for.
I have incorporated this newly popular color on the front door of a client’s house as well as in accents for my own guest bedroom. And I’ve been prodding clients to use this color to brighten the ever-present gray themes they find so attractive.
So what is a Pantone color? Pantone is the universal language of color in the design industry. Graphic designers, car manufacturers, fashion designers, and interior furnishing markets refer to the Pantone Matching System. In addition to establishing a universal reference, the Pantone Color Institute started a “Color of the Year” in 2006 that symbolically reflects the mood of the market. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Institute, says Greenery offers “the reassurance we yearn for in a changing social and political times. Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another, and a larger purpose.” That may seem like a lofty goal, but color can actually affect your mood, and is one of the most affordable design tools we have.