Using Pantone’s Color of the Year in Your Home Remodel

Using Pantone’s Color of the Year is an excellent way to incorporate a current color trend into your home remodel. The 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery, which is the perfect revitalizing shade for a home renovation.

Using a bright color like Greenery can be a bit intimidating, but we think it can be a valuable addition to your home’s color palette.

What Pantone’s Color of the Year Can Add to Your Home

Pantone has developed a standard for color in the design and manufacturing industries, but also releases a Color of the Year that shapes color trends in a number of industries.

If you’re looking for a way to create an on trend look for your home, this is an exciting way to do so. Especially when it’s a vibrant shade like Greenery!

“Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” – Pantone Color Institute

When working with a vivid color like Greenery, it’s important to maintain balance in your space. This is why your home’s color palette is crucial. While this shade may seem like a difficult shade to incorporate into your home, Pantone offers a number of palettes to help you create a beautiful space.

We love seeing what they develop, and we can incorporate this into your home renovation. These two palettes, Grand Canyon and Deep Rooted, offer just the right mix of colors.


Adding Bright Colors to Your Home

There are a few different ways to incorporate color into your space while maintaining a balanced appearance. During a home renovation, you have the opportunity to start from the studs and recreate your kitchen or living space to work for you.

This means you can rethink everything, and ultimately have a space built for you, incorporating color throughout the entire process. Additionally, adding color to your home involves more than paint. Furniture and décor can also help create your desired aesthetic, so remember to consider all your options.

When we work with you on your home renovation, we highly recommend integrating an Interior Designer into the process, they are a critical part of making the space and color palette all flow.

Painting Your Home with the 60-30-10 Rule

Another way to incorporate Greenery into your home remodel is to follow the 60-30-10 rule. This focuses on the proportions of color within a space, and is the best way to balance your space. When we follow this ratio, no color is “fighting” for attention and there is a single focal point that brings the room together.

60% is your dominant color
• 30% is your secondary color
• 10% is your accent color

Using Pantone’s Color of the Year as a Secondary Color

When working with a vibrant color like Greenery, you will likely choose it to be the secondary or accent color in your room. As a secondary color, you can focus on curtains, wall hangings, and furniture. Because of the prevalence of Pantone’s Color of the Year in design and manufacturing, you can find pieces in the right shade to fill your room’s 30%.

Reupholstering your favorite comfy chair is also an ideal way to carry old furniture into a new space while maintaining cohesion. Another option is painting a side table or a vintage chair. When we follow these color guidelines while remaining true to your personal style, we can create a space you’ll love coming home to.

In this Minneapolis condo, we added this great shade of blue to create a bold, fun space for the owner. Don’t be afraid to use color, especially when it’s a vibrant shade like Greenery!


Using Pantone’s Color of the Year as an Accent

If you like earth tones and want to keep the Color of the Year to an accent color, there are still many creative ways to incorporate it. A painting using Greenery can hang above the fireplace, and you can add supplemental color with small items throughout the room.

In your kitchen, you could highlight your glass door or open cabinets with Greenery-colored dishes or other decorative pieces. This creates the ideal balance between a calm, welcoming space while also including a unique touch with your color choice.

Paint is also a common way to incorporate color into your home, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Incorporating Greenery into your home remodel with paint accents can make an impact your guests will remember.

Painting Your Bathroom with Greenery

We’ve largely talked about using Greenery in your kitchen or living spaces, but we can also help you create a relaxing bathroom with this shade. While the beach and ocean is a common choice for a bathroom, Greenery can help create a bathroom oasis.

Create a serene space with Greenery-colored shower curtain, towels, or décor. Your soap dish and toothbrush holder can add your aesthetic to your bathroom as well.

Using Pantone’s Greenery for Your Home’s Accents

You can also use décor to help incorporate Greenery into your home. This is a welcome option if paint is a little too permanent, or you want to test the color in your newly remodeled home first. As we’ve mentioned throughout, decorative pieces like a fruit bowl can bring in Pantone’s Color of the Year while maintaining the flexibility to make quick changes.

For your kitchen or dining area, add Greenery with placemats or candlesticks. This bright shade can help create a lively atmosphere for your next dinner party.

Because of Greenery’s natural hue, adding succulents or other house plants throughout your home can also add life to your space while complementing your other pieces of Greenery.

As with all home projects, there’s a balance between appearance and functionality. When finding ways to incorporate Greenery into your home, it’s possible to prioritize both.

You need curtains and dishes, so this is a way to improve your home’s aesthetics while adding what your space needs.

For this St. Paul home renovation, we incorporated a burst of color throughout the kitchen and living space. This is a great way to add color without making it overbearing.


Pantone’s Color of the Year is a great starting point when designing your home remodel. With a color like Greenery, you have a wonderful opportunity to add it throughout your home, whether it’s in your kitchen, living space, or bathroom. You can make it your secondary color for a bold statement, or keep it minimal but exciting with the right pieces of décor.

Are you looking to begin a home remodel, but don’t know quite where to begin? We can help you brainstorm ways to effectively use your space, and help you create a beautiful and functional home for your family. Give us a call at (651) 748-1304 to begin the conversation.