What’s New & GREENERY* for 2017
By: Rita Zenzen Heck
*GREENERY, Pantone Institute’s color of the year is a zesty yellow/green that signals: take a deep breath, oxygenate, reinvigorate. and think nature, setting the stage for what’s new (and Greenery) for 2017.
From furniture and interiors to appliances and cars, Pantone’s Greenery annual color choice encourages a Greenery statement from inside/out to refresh the New Year. For a simple inexpensive sprinkling of Greenery in your life, add throw pillows, hand towels, kitchen and bath accessories or even a plant. For Greenery to remember, paint a wall or door or add a new statement-making piece of furniture. It’ll bring more spring greenery into your life.
Get Smart – Open Up
Exhibits at the 2017 National Home Builders Show enhanced the Smart Home idea that’s been around for years with some new twists that enable you to adjust home temperatures throughout the day coinciding with your daily activities and preferences by phone. Add appliance and lighting features and it’s like a stay-at-home robot on the scene.
On the greenery side, tight building envelopes (but not too tight), duct sealing, reflective barriers, roof sheathing, reflective shingles and high SEER (18 to 20) heating/cooling systems were encouraged for a more comfortable healthy house. Reducing waste, water conservation and recycling systems (and habits) were encouraged.
Size wise, smaller square footage that is left open for a variety of uses can turn a family room into an office or bedroom with a flick of a sliding panel or screen. The now generation is looking for more flexibility in their home to adjust to whatever they need to accommodate: a new baby, visiting parents or boomerang kids.
Wood cabinets, long reigning in the kitchen are being painted for a fresh new look in 2017 and busy-patterned granite is being replaced by quartz or other simpler, more durable and easy maintenance countertops.
Clean cool wall colors (shades of white and grey) add to the calm beauty of the 2017 home with over-the-top garden tubs being replaced with frameless glass surrounded giant-sized showers, dual-flush low flow toilets, easy clean large-tile floors and simpler vanities. On-demand water heaters, low-flow shower heads and faucets and peaceful wall colors complete the picture.
Indoor air quality, not often thought about in the past, is a 2017 requirement. Not only ventilation but materials that outgas and pollute the air. Outgassing from products including paint, flooring, countertops (granite) and others are now available with minimum VOCs (volatile organic compounds) making for a healthier indoors, especially for those with allergies and breathing problems.
Expanding indoor space to the outdoors for relaxing and entertaining is more important than ever in the 2017 home. Lush grass landscapes are being replaced with native low water usage plants, ground covers and permeable walks and driveways which look good and require a minimum of care, giving you more me-time.
Summing it up by the American Society of Interior Designers, 2017 is the year to expand attention to being green by saving on energy usage and costs; planning a healthier house; stretching your budget for new additions of furniture and accessories by redoing existing pieces, buying recycled and recycling no longer wanted pieces.
It’s all about *GREENERY” in the 2017 home.
Photo courtesy of Rita Heck