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Pantone Announces 2017 Color of the Year

It’s that time of year again! Yesterday, Pantone announced their 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery (15-0343).

pantone color of the year 2017 greenery

To select their Color of the Year, Pantone sends a team out into the field for months to explore different trends, industries and influencers, discover where there is overlap in color selection, and finally winnow the trends down to a single shade. This shade encapsulates the cultural climate and mood of the year, acting as “a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture.”

In previous years, their selections have included the mindful tones of 2016’s Rose Quartz and Serenity, the enriching red of 2015’s Marsala, and 2014’s inspirational Radiant Orchid.

For 2017, they have chosen the “fresh and zesty” Greenery, a color that calms the mind and buoys the spirit, “evok[ing] the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”

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

Incorporate the hopeful, “life-affirming” shade of Pantone’s Greenery into your work with these paper and cardstock selections:


Card Stock

Color Pairings

Pair greenery with these complementary shades.


Bright sky blues add a natural radiance to your designs.


Blue Radiance (14-4816)

astrobrights lunar blue paper

Directoire Blue (18-4244)

astrobrights blast off blue paper

Card Stock

True Blue (19-4067)

elan metallics sapphire card stock

Spa Blue (12-4305)

royal sundance ice blue card stock

Calm It Down

This light, pastel shades tone down vivacious Greenery.


Gray Lilac (13-3804)

stardream kunzite paper

Pure Cashmere (16-1103)

oxford peace gray paper

Card Stock

Luminary Green (12-0525)

loop  linen citrus green card stock

Pink Icing (15-1717)

colormates medium pink card stock

Moody Blooms

Complement the brightness of Greenery with these deep, evocative floral tones.


Winter Bloom (19-2620)

flavours gourmet vino cotto paper

Pink Yarrow (17-2034)

britehue ultra fuchsia paper

Scarlet Ibis (17-1361)

britehue orange paper

Card Stock

Goji Berry (18-1859)

colormates medium berry card stock

Mayfly (18-0220)

colormates military green card stock

Baton Rouge (18-2527)

curious skin purple card stock



Read the full story behind Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year.

Steph Schinkel

Steph is an avid crafter, DIY enthusiast, and regular contributor to The Paper who loves to handmake all of her cards. Above all else, Steph is a die-hard foodie with a massive sweet tooth and a deep, soul-consuming love for chocolate.