A lush hand-tied bouquet of sword fern, maiden hair fern, dusty miller, silver brunia and astrandia was accented with white eskimo roses and white sweet peas was created for the bride to carry while the guest tables were a glow with candles entwined with hand made garlands of ferns, ruscus, lemon leaf and touches of dusty miller for color and texture.Each year, creative people wait for Pantone to announce its “color of the year.” For 2017, the color is “Greenery,” a lovely shade of fresh leaf green. At first, I thought the name greenery unimaginative, kind of boring, but I soon realized that for this year, the name not only depicts a color but also a state of mind.

As technology occupies more and more of our time and space, and the world talks of robots that can pretty much take the place of humans, we find ourselves being drawn more and more toward things that are natural, part of a world that is not manufactured or controlled by electronics. But we take it even further to appreciating simple forms, such as leaves and vines. We have always loved flowers and still do, but now the simple motif of a fern leaf brings us joy and comfort, energizing us at the same time.

We see this translated in design on many levels, such as fashion and home interiors. Fern prints are in demand and “Greenery” painted furniture and home accessories are popping up everywhere. I saw the most gorgeous pair of “Greenery” shoes with all kinds of jewelry to coordinate. 

A lush hand-tied bouquet of sword fern, maiden hair fern, dusty miller, silver brunia and astrandia was accented with white eskimo roses and white sweet peas was created for the bride to carry while the guest tables were a glow with candles entwined with hand made garlands of ferns, ruscus, lemon leaf and touches of dusty miller for color and texture.As a floral designer, I am finding clients, especially brides, are drawn to this beautiful color as well as the “fern” leaf that is naturally gorgeous green. I just did a wedding were the bride was more focused on the ferns and lush greenery we were going to use in her ceremony, personal flowers and reception, than the flowers that were to “accent” the green foliage. It was refreshing to create the look she wanted and certainly a switch to be concentrating more on the ferns and other foliages than the flowers. A lush hand-tied bouquet of sword fern, maiden hair fern, dusty miller, silver brunia and astrantia was accented with white eskimo roses and white sweet peas was created for the bride to carry while the guest tables were a glow with candles entwined with hand-made garlands of ferns, ruscus, lemon leaf and touches of dusty miller for color and texture.

As part of this trend, Boston Fern plants have become very popular for home interiors and exteriors. For simple accents, a fern leaf or two can be popped into a vase to bring nature almost anywhere from a nightstand to a coffee table to an office desk.

“Greenery” is certainly a color we will be enjoying throughout 2017, and I have a feeling it will stay around even after the year-end.