Color Trends: Blues and Greens

Chelsea Savage
Vibrant blues and greens will highlight the color palette this year for interior design. Designer Cary Gerschutz shares a couple of rooms she created implementing the color theme in a Central Ohio home.

This will be the year that we see the palette of interior design colors resembling more of what we find outdoors. The hues typically found outside will be popping up in paint colors, furniture and décor throughout the upcoming year. Shades of blues and greens are not just accent colors anymore.

Keeping a neutral color scheme throughout your home is always a popular design choice, but Fortner Fine Living interior designer Cary Gerschutz says the outdoor elements are having more of an influence on homeowners' color palettes.

“A lot of people are choosing blues and greens,” says Gerschutz. “They are bringing the outside into their homes. Everybody loves to be outside, so why not translate that into your house as well?”

Rebekah Matheny, assistant professor of interior design at Ohio State University, agrees. “There is an overall shift toward people's desire to be connected to nature which is supported by design theories such as Biophilia and nature-based design,” she says.

Biophilia is the concept of humans having a desire to be more connected to nature.

The Pantone Color Institute made it clear that this trend is here to stay with its color of the year choice: greenery. Historically, Pantone's color choices influence home décor and fashion designs.

“Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment,” says Pantone's Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, on the firm's website. “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Their color choice is also noteworthy for interior designers as they say green is “nature's neutral” and pairs well with a lot of other shades.

Other shades trending this year include an array of blues. “Right now there's a lot of blue,” says Gerschutz. “Navy blue. Gray blue. A warm gray, as opposed to a cool gray paired with taupes and whites.”

Gerschutz says you shouldn't be afraid to mix in playful patterns on pillows, subtly mix textures and add pops of color.