Thursday, January 12, 2017


I’m not sure if this was a reaction to the debate over global warming but the thought of looking forward to spring and the chartruesy green preceding the burst of springtime flowers is a welcome transgression from the chill of winter and the conceit that the North Pole isn’t melting into our oceans.
There’s a freshness to Pantone’s choice of Greenery for this year’s color that helps to wipe away the bitter taste of 2016.
That said Greenery isn’t an easy color to weave into an interior design scheme but when it comes to color one should look first at the master and that’s Jamie Drake.
Others have tried by successfully using touches of leafy green on accent walls.
Kitchens seem to be able to hold the green of spring in cabinetry within a traditional format
Or here in a very contemporary look where the green is not only accented but highlighted by dramatic lighting
Designers have figured out ways to use green in ways that make it peaceful and serene giving a room the relaxed quality of a meadow
Our friends, the Madcap Gents, have used it in their signature style taking green and mixing it with whimsy in a way that can’t help but make you smile.
Interior design, of course, isn’t the only design field to follow the color trends.
Of course the fabric houses have all jumped on board. Kravet, one of my go to showrooms, pulled out a display of their entries into the color of the year sweepstakes within second of Pantone’s announcement.
Product design was also right there on the cutting edge of color and greenery in the way of furniture
and of course in fashion
Even we have run our toes through the green grass of product design with our Cottage Grove line of painted furniture
Take a look at our Key Hole Side Table offered in a wide range of colors but shown here in a shade very close to greenery.
Maybe greenery may be a little temporary bandage to lift our spirits the way spring always seems to do. Hopefully a little green like the sprouting blades of grass that come with a new year can calm our nerves for a few seconds or give us a place to hide when the next shoe of 2017 falls.

Didier Massard, photographer
Represented by Julie Saul Gallery, NYC

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