Green with Envy

Introducing Pratt & Lambert® Paints’ 2017 Color of the Year: Leafy Bower 23-18

Deep in the woods, in a nook overflowing with rich, enthralling beauty that is both allusive and grounding, we find our next Color of the Year: Leafy Bower 23-18. Seemingly plucked from a verdant fairy tale at dusk, this deep hue from Pratt & Lambert® Paints has an intense spirit that immediately captured our imaginations—and our endless desire for a new design muse. From its one-of-a-kind forestlike quality to its grounding organic nature and unmistakable depth that arouses the idea of potential and possibility, it’s sure to usher in a novel design direction for 2017.

The inspiration for Leafy Bower as Color of the Year comes from nature. Part glamour, part moody enigma, this hue is all beautiful luxury.
The inspiration for Leafy Bower as Color of the Year comes from nature. Part glamour, part moody enigma, this hue is all beautiful luxury.

“I find it intriguing that we at Pratt & Lambert, as well as other forecasters, have predicted deep, evocative colors,” explained Carolyn Ames Noble, ASID, Pratt & Lambert color forecaster. “This is a departure from the last several years’ colors, which have been lighter and cleaner. I believe this is a reaction to our visceral need to escape the hectic pace of everyday life into an experience that is still and thoughtful—seeing the home as a retreat.”

This transformation, felt both culturally and industrywide, has most definitely already started to shape the future of interior design as we start moving toward creating spaces that are more grounding—spaces that offer respite from the outside world. And as Noble hinted, it’s a trend that runs deep, rooted in a new need to design those spaces that are personal, thoughtful, and true.

Seemingly plucked from a verdant fairy tale at dusk, this deep hue from Pratt & Lambert® Paints has an intense spirit that immediately captured our imaginations—and our endless desire for a new design muse.

“As we were preparing this year’s trend forecast, we saw several blue influences; however, we felt it was what we were seeing now, as opposed to predicting for 2017 and beyond,” Noble said. “With continued validation on travel to quiet, northern destinations—a retreat from technology and immersion into nature—we felt Leafy Bower was a perfect illustration of what is next to come.”

Designating one color to represent a full year is a job Pratt & Lambert begins months before the big reveal as the team scrutinizes, disseminates, and shares concepts and impressions to curate not just the palettes of today but also the palettes of the future. Leafy Bower is part of a larger trend-forecast palette for 2017, perfectly dubbed Enigma. This alluring palette joins the deep tones of this viridian green with lapis blue, oxblood red, and pewter gray. This breathtaking palette is paired with out-of-the ordinary accents more precious in nature, like light lilac, citrine yellow, and tourmaline pink.

The Enigma palette showcases Leafy Bower center stage, surrounded by several complementary color options. This collection evokes a dreamlike quality underpinned by a sharp, dramatic edge.

WINSOME LILAC 29-3

BERRY BLISS 1-18

BEETROOT 1-19

MUTED LIME 16-27

LEAFY BOWER 23-18

SAILOR SUIT 27-16

STONE’S THROW 28-18

CREAM ROUGE 4-22

“Over the course of several months, the Enigma palette, with its rich, jeweled, and mysterious color, continued to resonate, and validation was found again and again from influences particularly across North America and Europe,” Noble explained. “Organically, Leafy Bower, a deep viridian green, took center stage as the Color of the Year.”

Selecting a Color the Year involves more than looking at cultural trends. What designers might create with the color is also considered. As Noble explained, it has to be a color that is a good fit for both exteriors and interiors, and not just for walls. It needs to work for ceilings, accents, and complements.

Leafy Bower is a dynamic, versatile jewel tone that can be used to create a variety of visual and emotional effects in design projects.
Leafy Bower is a dynamic, versatile jewel tone that can be used to create a variety of visual and emotional effects in design projects.

“Leafy Bower is extremely versatile,” she said. “It can be a canvas for all four walls—luxurious and mysterious—or utilized as an accent. It can be used in a variety of interiors, too, especially hospitality, and for residential, in bedrooms, powder rooms, foyers, dens, or living spaces.”

The Pratt & Lambert team also thinks about how the color can be used. (And it’s always used beautifully, of course.) For example, Noble said the team loves the look of Leafy Bower with a medley of color complements and material accents, each one offering the new color something different.

We paired Leafy Bower with marble, velvet, and copper accents for a luxurious, multi-texture look. These combinations showcase the moody opulence of the dark green hue.
We paired Leafy Bower with marble, velvet, and copper accents for a luxurious, multitexture look. These combinations showcase the moody opulence of the dark green hue.

“We love the look of Leafy Bower with green-veined marble and copper metal accents together,” she said. “Or pair it with a vibrant yellow green, such as Muted Lime, to create a dynamic and unexpected range of hues. For an elegant respite, try combinations like our Enigma palette that include Stone’s Throw, Beetroot, and Leafy Bower, and accessorize with velvets and metallic fibers and furniture that is contoured and streamlined.”

We’ve wasted no time exploring all of these pairings, but before Leafy Bower takes center stage in all of our new projects, we had to ask Noble one last question: Will Leafy Bower still be a favorite a year from now?

“When we are forecasting colors, we’re always looking years and years ahead, so you can be sure the color selections are both on trend and timely,” Noble said. “Our goal is always to choose colors and palettes that are both aspirational and livable.”

You’ll definitely want to check out our “Color Forecast” post for a glance at all the trending palettes be our favorites in 2017.