If you follow color trends, you know that “Greenery” is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017. It’s “a refreshing and revitalizing shade, symbolic of new beginnings,” says the color forecasting institute.
But perhaps we’re not quite at the “new beginnings” just yet, because that leafy hue hasn’t quite hit the market (at least not around here). And while Pantone’s Greenery might be an interesting yellow-green, the trend forecast is all about the blues — all shades from sapphire to teals and soft baby blues that can range from the dramatic to the beachy.
“Next to neutrals, there’s no easier hue to work with than blue,” says Lori Thorpe Rasmus, an interior designer at Paul Rich & Sons
in Pittsfield and Great Barrington, Mass. Since spring can’t come soon enough, we asked Rasmus to tell us why we should be planning to put some blue (the color, not the feeling) in our homes now.
1. Famously calming and peaceful, blue can have very different effects on a room depending on its temperature.
2. Blue removes pretension from formal living area. There are formal aspects to the room vignette here, from the crisp chrome tables to the clean lines of the sofa, yet it still feels inviting.
Room setting from Paul Rich & Sons.
3. Various shades of blue work well together and don’t overwhelm the space. When treating lighter blues as neutrals, you still have the flexibility to accent with bold pillows, accessories and rugs in shades of blue or warmer colors like yellows and anything in the red family.
4. Shades known as cool blues – like cobalt, turquoise and ice blue – have yellow in them and tend to recede, which can help a small space look bigger.
“In my mind, there’s no such thing as too much blue,” Rasmus says. “You can’t be stressed out in a blue room; it invites a sense of tranquility. Blue-on-blue can feel right as rain, as well as remind us of a gorgeous summer sky.”