Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017 Color of the Year

I see green.

Soon everyone will be seeing green, not only outdoors as spring approaches, but indoors as well.

The color green – more specifically the color christened ‘greenery’, Pantone color number 15-0343 – is the 2017 Color of the Year.

Every year the Pantone Company selects a color that, in the company’s words, is-

a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

Never hear of Pantone? Headquartered in my home state of New Jersey, the company acts as the world’s – or at least the country’s - coordinator of color, matching colors from various manufacturers to ensure exact matches.

Choosing a color of the year is a serious undertaking. Pantone sponsors a conference and gathers professionals from various companies and countries. The meetings are held in a different European city each year.

It is with humility and genuine commitment that I offer my services to help choose the 2018 Color of the Year. I believe, because of my extensive experience reading, writing, communicating with individuals around the world, tapping into the mood of the people, as well as experience choosing colors for artwork, homes, and clothing, my input would be meaningful. And I love to travel. Give me a heads up and I will begin taking notes for the conference. But moving on…

Personally, I find greenery boring. If the company bothered asking me, I would probably have recommended a shade of red, reflecting my recent emotions of anger and frustration. Or perhaps a blue hue, since following the frenetic 2016 election I definitely feel the blues.

But green it is. And maybe boring, uninteresting, unexciting is what the company sought in this year’s choice. The color greenery, a yellow-green worthy of neutrality, oozes calm and, anticipating spring green, new beginnings.


Stores will soon advertise spring merchandise. Greenery will be everywhere. I must admit it is better than some choices of previous years, such as 2006’s sand dollar (boring beige).

I have a feeling my relationship with the 2017 Color of the Year will mostly involve observing greenery outside. Although spring is not quite around the corner, I cannot wait. 

16 comments:

  1. I like green, but this is rather a poisonous shade.

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    1. I kind of agree- I like darker greens.

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  2. I had a green car once. Everybody told me green was a terrible color for a car, and they were probably right. However, now I can say ... I was just ahead of my time!

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  3. I eagerly await the Pantone pronouncement each year. This is a color that is not going to take over my wardrobe/home decor. I get tired of green quickly even though I like it fine at first.

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    1. Maybe for an accessory, like a small scarf, but I agree with you.

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  4. This made me laugh. And long for days of green here once more.

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  5. I read where kelly green is "in".

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  6. Discovered green was this year's color while under a hair dryer leafing through the mindless gossip magazines they provide at the hair dressers -- the only time I waste my time with those celebrity mags. Starlets pictured in flimsy green attire brought this fact to my attention.

    I did not know until I read your blog about this company and how this color selection came about yearly. I'm convinced that you definitely should pursue being selected to participate in the color selection for 2018. A little of this green goes a long way with me, though that's pretty much true of any color -- too much of a good thing. I am partial to blue in all shades and blue-greens, too. I like the blues (jazz) but understand what you're saying about the tenor of the times.

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    1. I read People, etc. also when getting my hair done, and no other time, although my daughter-in-law subscribes. I love blues also, and red - I love red sweaters and other tops.

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  7. Green is sometimes nice and sometimes not. I don't like yellow green very much, but a nice full kelly green is nice! I'll remember that it is this year's color and try to wear it once in awhile. :-)

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  8. I dislike green on me and own no green clothes, Fashion is stupid and I am no longer a slave.

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  9. The Irish believe if you wear green clothing you will be luckier, it is not superstitious it is part of their everyday living and culture..Angelic Houston the actress said when something was very important to her an acting job or decision she had to make she would always wear green intimate/underwear and she is a terrific actress and person..So I try to put some green on all the time..I like the deeper green color, not the light greens, but green in general is just fine with me..Remember the luck of the Irish is GREEN!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. I just painted an accent wall in our den a nice deep green that is a little to the blue side. The TV is against that wall, and I've been noticing interiors, mostly in dramatic series, that nearly match our wall.

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