How to use the PANTONE 2017 Color of the Year

2017 color of the year

For those of us in the design field, December is always an exciting month. Yeah, yeah, we have the holidays and all that. But first and foremost, it is when PANTONE announces their pick for 2017 Color of the Year! Sometimes we love their choice, and sometimes we hate it, but we always talk about it. This year is no exception!

Introducing Greenery

According to PANTONE, “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.

It’s a lovely color, which got us thinking – how could we use it? So, for fun, we plugged the color into the Adobe color wheel creator. Here are their automated results, without any editing from us.

Analogous Color Palette

Analogous color palettes include groups of three colors that appear next to each other on the color wheel.

Greenery color palette analogous

example of analogous color palette

Complementary Color Palette

Complementary colors reside on opposite sides of the color wheel and create strong contrast. Blue, for example, is a complementary color for orange.

Greenery color palette complementary

example of complementary color palette

Monochromatic Color Palette

Monochromatic colors are varying shades, tints, and tones of a single hue. Monochromatic designs tend to look clean and elegant.

Greenery color palette monochromatic

example of monochromatic color palette

Triad Color Palette

The Triad color palette uses colors that are spaced evenly around the color wheel.

Greenery color palette triad example of triad color palette

colors of the past

Check out some of PANTONE’s previous colors of the year.
Color of the Year 2016
Color of the Year 2015
Color of the Year 2014
Color of the Year 2013

Do you like the 2017 Color of the Year? Which colors are your favorites? Tell us in the comments!

Danielle O'Malley-Johnson
Danielle has a BFA in Graphic Design from Central Washington University. When she isn't designing - or reading design books - she loves to decorate and spend time with her husband and two small children. Her favorite coffee order is a Chai Latte.
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