Spring is finally here and as I joyfully emerge from what feels like a winter hibernation, I am so happy to see color peeking out everywhere; in the sky, the ground and in the natural light of the longer days. This is the season where I love to wear dresses and colorful jewelry and shoes. Do you notice that you shift to certain colors this time of year?
Here are some ideas for freshening a space in your home for Spring! I love using grays as a neutral. Try Tabby Cat Grey by Valspar VR095B. When it comes to trim, we so often gravitate towards white. Step out of your comfort zone and try black! Valspar Tomcat VR114A is lovely. Black really contrasts nicely when you add a fresh pop of color such as Vive l’amour VRO33B from Valspar. This accent color could easily be swapped out with your personal color preference! Beginning with neutrals of gray and black sets a great foundation. What color will you choose to bring the brightness of Spring into your home?
By Kelly Dubyne
Pantone announced the color of the year for 2017 in early December. You may not think the color of the year has much significance but I am going to share with you how you can use it to make a positive difference in your life. As a designer, I get downright giddy when the color of the year is announced. This year, it is called ‘Greenery’. It is a bright, vibrant, happy shade of green!
On the color wheel, green is considered a cool, calming color, but this particular vibrant green has a yellow undertone and feels warm and active. Pantone describes Greenery as “fresh, calming, and meant to inspire new beginnings.” Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute says Greenery “bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose”.
Be ready to see this color in beauty, fashion, appliances, graphic design, home decor and even cars! How can you use it in your home and life? Consider a scarf, top or even jacket for your wardrobe. (Wouldn’t a Greenery pair of heels be fantastic?!)
Bring Greenery’s warmth into your home by painting an accent wall in this rejuvenating shade. Or, consider simple accents such as a pillow, blanket, curtains or even a patterned chair! Keep it natural by bringing in some green from the outdoors! These simple additions will bring with them the positive changes in mood and energy that Greenery inspires.
However you enjoy the color this year, Greenery is sure to bring a vibrant addition to your home!
Photo Credits: Pantone