Pantone Color Institute's Color of the Year is 'Greenery' | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Pantone Color Institute's Color of the Year is 'Greenery'

The vibrant green with yellow undertones is an answer, of sorts, to bruising 2016



    This image released by Pantone shows a color swatch called "greenery", which has been named as the color of the year for 2017 by the Pantone Color Institute.

    Amid social, political and environmental tumult around the world, the Pantone Color Institute on Thursday plucked fresh and zesty "greenery" as the color of the year for 2017.

    The vibrant green with yellow undertones is an answer, of sorts, to bruising 2016, signaling a yearning to rejuvenate, and to reconnect to both nature and something larger than oneself, said Laurie Pressman, the institute's vice president.

    UK Police: 'Fatalities' at Grande Concert

    [NATL] UK Police: 'Fatalities' at Grande Concert

    British police said an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena killed 22 people, including children, and injured more than 50. 

    (Published 2 hours ago)

    "It's a realization for many people," she said in an interview Wednesday. "This country is politically divided, and we see that around the world. It's not just us. There's a real division in terms of globalization and this desire to pull back from globalization. It's Brexit. It's what we just saw in Italy."

    The experts at the institute, which advises a variety of industries on the use of color from fashion and home design to packaging and product development, have been choosing a color of the year since 1999. It's a way to conjure the emotions that colors evoke. The team at Pantone, based in Carlstadt, New Jersey, scouts trends through the year in media, on runways and at trade shows around the world.

    The color "greenery," similar to chartreuse, is well represented in the first buds and grass blades of new spring, but it also plays out in history at times of major cultural shifts, including the suffrage movement and flapper era of the 1920s and the war and racial justice protest movements and psychedelia of the '60s and '70s.

    "It's been there during times of bold change, when people are exploring," Pressman said.

    WATCH: Pippa Middleton Post-Wedding Kiss

    [NATL] WATCH: Pippa Middleton Post-Wedding Kiss

    Pippa Middleton and James Matthews kiss after their wedding at St Mark's Church in Englefield, England, on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Middleton, the sister of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, married hedge fund manager James Matthews in a ceremony Saturday. Her niece and nephew, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were in the wedding party, along with sister Kate and princes Harry and William.

    (Published Saturday, May 20, 2017)

    The hue is in contrast to the soft, serenity-inducing dual choices of "rose quartz" and "serenity" blue as the colors of the year for 2016.

    In addition to the emerging recycle-and- share economies, we have green rooftops, green spaces and indoor vertical farming. In home decor, there's a trend to connect with the elements outside through open spaces and vast windows, and a desire to bring nature inside through forestry murals and living moss walls, Pressman said.

    On the industrial side, both Skoda and Mercedes showed bright green cars for 2017. For the kitchen, Pantone spotted its shade in appliances, including a Keurig coffeemaker, and in cookware.

    And in fashion, menswear designers have played into the idea of gender fluidity through prints and accessories of bright greens, along with the creators of womenswear and beauty products, ranging from the couture of Oscar de la Renta in a leaf-embellished gown to bright green shades for eyes, nails and lips.

    The 'Greatest Show on Earth' Says Goodbye

    [NATL-NY] The 'Greatest Show on Earth' Says Goodbye

    The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus that has wowed crowds for 146 years with its "Greatest Show on Earth" is taking its final bow on Sunday.

    (Published Sunday, May 21, 2017)

    Katy Perry, Kylie Jenner and Lena Dunham have all taken turns dying their hair bright green. Last year, a cologne from the Diana Vreeland brand came in green and was dubbed "Bold."

    The shade also symbolizes the organic and health frenzy in cleaning products and food — hello matcha! — coupled with efforts to rethink food waste in restaurants and processing plants.

    In the tech and digital spaces, the color pops up in products like earbuds and in logos and advertising for apps and startups, Pressman said.

    "We saw it always as a bold color," she said, "but it may not have been accepted by some people. Today we look at this as a color associated with innovation. It takes on a whole different feeling."