Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 : Greenery

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 featured in Signarture Perspex Artwork Burrawang

Pantone, the global colour authority, have just announced their 'Colour of the Year' for 2017: Greenery 15-0343.

Symbolic of the prevalent global culture, the colour of the year is an expression of the collective mood and attitude.

According to the Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, Leatrice Eiseman, the colour provides reassurance amidst the social and political turmoil and satisfies our need to rejuvenate, reconnect with nature, with each other and with a larger purpose.

We've been observing this innate craving for a connection to the natural world as the antidote to modern urban life for several years now. Greenery is nature’s neutral and is already well represented in our Treescape and Outside In collections.

This particular shade, Greenery 15-0343, is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. It is illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, that signals that it's time to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is a natural for application to interior design, as shown in this installation of our 'burrawang' treescape in colourway 77 on display at our showroom partner Cosh Living's Sydney showroom.

As Eiseman says, "Open spaces in interior and exterior design and floor-to-ceiling windows allow the green outdoors to become part of a room’s backdrop and ambiance. Adding Greenery through living walls, terrariums, botanically-themed wallpaper, paint, accent furniture and decor provides respite and breathing space. A Greenery-painted wall or piece of furniture delivers a pop of color, with the added benefit of creating the illusion of nature indoors. Bringing the outside in, the shade—like the plant life it represents—can improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings".


Creating Bespoke Design Elements

signarture kuranda artwork applied to mirror feature in hospitality setting 

Signarture artworks are original, customisable and scalable. Beyond the ready to hang range of artworks that are available to browse and purchase through our online gallery, our designs can also be applied to a wide range of materials from glass to wallpapers, timber to metals to create points of distinction for a range of projects.

For professional interior designers and architects this offers the opportunity to create bespoke, decorative features in a range of settings from hospitality to residential, or to augment client branding in a commercial settings.

We worked with the design team at Graphite Architects to adapting our Kuranda design to create the bespoke mirrored artwork feature shown above. The colours were customised to tome with the upholstery fabric they had already specified, and the design was oriented, scaled and applied to mirrored glass through a specialist fabrication process.  

The options are limited only by the imagination and the clients' budget.

7 Interior Design Techniques to Maximise the Impact of Art

If you're in the happy position of starting afresh decorating a new home, or you're able to work from a blank canvas when redecorating or renovating, artists and interior designers alike will always recommend that you buy your artworks first. You'll feel free to buy exactly what you love and not worry about 'what it goes with'.

Your decor can then be planned around your art, and these interior design techniques will help to maximize the impact of your artwork in your space. 

  1. Style Reinforcement: Whilst confident decorators can pursue an eclectic mix, matching the overall design of the space with the style of the artwork guarantees a great result. 
  2. Colour Repetition: Selecting similar tones from your artwork to use in upholstery or decorative accessories will strengthen it's overall impact. 
  3. Colour Proportions: Paying careful attention to the balance of color in your artwork and carrying that through to your furnishings will spread its influence rather than overpowering it. 
  4. Line and Form: Picking up on the lines of an artwork and echoing this through similar forms in decorative accessories and fixtures will only enhance the visual interest.
  5. Furniture Placement: Large pieces can often hold their own whereas smaller pieces need anchoring by major furniture pieces such as beds, tables and sofas. Off centre positioning works really well for larger artworks where you have the space.
  6. Focal Point Creation: Support this by exercising restraint in your other furnishing choices, particular where the artwork itself is 'busy'. Keeping furnishings neutral and monochromatic ensures your eye has one place to rest, on your artwork. 
  7. Highlighting: The use of directional spotlighting will serve to highlight your artwork, making it stand out within the room. With three dimensional artworks, lighting also increases the impact of the art through the shadows cast. 

Struggling with these concepts? Professional interior designers, decorators and artists have 'an eye' for exactly these things. They have an innate sense of how to balance colour, style and proportion. 

Feel free to contact us for advice.