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How Midwest Stylemakers Are Using Pantone's Color of the Year

Four Midwest tastemakers share how they're adding the bold, bright, and just right shade of green into their decorating palettes.

A ripe Granny Smith apple. The lush landscape on the first day of spring. The matcha powder swirling in your tea. They’re all prime examples of Pantone’s recently unveiled 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery 15-0343.

“Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, in a statement.

Interior designers have mixed reviews. While some say the artificially yellow-green shade is best in small doses, others describe it as a neutral in nature that's worthy of attention. Regardless of which side of the spectrum you choose, Greenery will certainly be blossoming into the home décor aisles come 2017. Midwest stylemakers share their tips for bringing the color inside your home:

Balancing Act

Greenery’s moss-like vibrancy is a great contrast to dark elements. Accent pieces like a lamp, rug, pillow or bowl of Granny Smiths calm deep hues.

“The energy of this color is a great complement to the array of wood tones typically found in home interiors, from cabinets and flooring to furniture,” said Stephanie Peirce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets in Jasper, Indiana.

Naturally pretty

Bria Hammel’s color palette rarely strays from neutrals. Yet the CEO and Principal Designer of Bria Hammel Interiors in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, has an exception for nature. She invites refreshing greens into homes through plants, whether it’s hand-painted wall art or a potted olive tree.

“The color livens up a space, while still allowing it to be organic and grounded,” said Hammel. “When used in small doses, the color is calming, not distracting.”

Blurring spaces

Go sans window treatment to let nature's greens really shine indoors.

“Homeowners are increasingly seeking new ways to bring the outdoors in,” said Christine Marvin, director of corporate strategy for Warroad, Minnesota-based Marvin Windows and Doors. “Larger, more expansive windows and doors are one way to do just that, letting nature itself be the source of this refreshing green hue in a space.”

Make a statement

The southwestern style of Jessica McKay, founder of Birdhouse Interior Design in Omaha, Nebraska, finds the just-right point of color and simplicity. Her go-to equation? Find a space with lots of natural light, then add a zesty color to statement pieces like a kitchen island, bookshelf or wallpaper.

“For so many years we’ve been neutral and monochromatic, so it’s nice to introduce an organic feel,” McKay said. “Contrasting Greenery with light and dark elements keep it playful, yet sophisticated.”

Make It Happen

1. Emmet Sofa | Room & Board The outdoor sofa is made in Duluth, Minnesota, out of 100 percent recycled, high-density plastic. $849. roomandboard.com

2. Brahms Mount Herringbone Throw | Serena & Lily Hand-turned fringe bounds the ultra soft throw. $298. serenaandlily.com

3. European Flax Linen Pillow Cover | Wisteria A linen pillow in a vibrant Apple hue energizes a natural, muted palette. $59. wisteria.com

4. Nuala Side Chair | Lulu & Georgia A vibrant coat of lime shows off the geometric pattern of leather-wrapped rattan. $563. luluandgeorgia.com

5. Shibori 110437 | Walnut Wallpaper The repeated pattern of the Shibori wallpaper adds to an already tranquil green. $106 per roll. walnutwallpaper.com

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