For The Love of Green

Why not let green enjoy the sunshine?

Word in the Twitterverse is that Kermit was right; it’s not easy being green.

When Carlstadt-based Pantone Color Institute announced that its 2017 Color of the Year is Greenery—which it describes as a “fresh and zesty yellow-green shade”—Twitter begged to differ. Comments ranged from likening it to the NYC subway line—“It’s literally just G train green!”—to “Wow, I’m so glad Pantone made the horrible mid-2000s chartreuse its Color of the Year.”

Yikes! Lighten up, folks. Why not let green enjoy the sunshine? After all, there are plenty of can’t-live-without greens in our lives—like the green in your pocket and on your plate. And what kind of world would it be without the loveliness of verdant yards and parks? Let us not take nature’s most abundant hue for granted.

Embrace this shade at home and see what a rockstar it is. It pairs effortlessly with browns and blues, enlivens burgundy, adds a brightening pop when paired with white or black, and is regal on its own. Take heart, dear Kermit, this year may turn things around for your hue!


NDI’s fiddle leaf tree; $619 at

Add cottage charm with bamboo-trellis wallpaper; $95/double roll at

Reds and burgundies complement succulent greens in this everlasting faux bouquet set in a wood trough; $454 at

Frame your plates with these marbleized ceramic chargers from the Juliska Firenze collection; $75 at

The leather Bogarde swivel chair packs mid-century modern punch; $5,760 at

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  1. Patrice Satterfield

    Chartreuse was very popular in early 70’s, there are many versions of it because of the yellow mix-in, my aunt painted my cousin’s room with it, when my mom got it for me, it wasn’t the the same, my 14 year old self was disappointed but I had to live with it for many years after, lol!🙁