5 Green Shades To Love (If You Hate Pantone’s 2017 ‘Greenery’ Trend)


The ‘greenery’ trend is flourishing, but not all of us are die-hard fans of Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year. If you’re craving ‘fresh’ without the ‘funky’, check out these alternatives…

Green is a wonderful colour. It’s natural and full of life and comes in so many beautiful shades. But is ‘greenery’ one of the best? Well, the jury’s still out on that one!

While Pantone paraded their love for the garish green shade, some of us were rejoicing. And some of us were scratching our heads.

So we’ve gone back to basics. Here are some of our favourite greens. Still trending, and a little easier on the eyes 😉


1. Emerald

This dark, jewel-tone has been on-trend since forever. But that doesn’t make it any less than luxurious!

Emerald adds depth to your interior, with its dark shade exuding decadence. Use it as a base for your colour palette in your bedroom or living area.

It’s the ideal colour for compromising between ‘his’ and ‘hers’ styles and it’s ultra-versatile. Pair it with navy or pastel pink. Both look divine!

Willow Quilt Cover Set, Emerald from Linen House. Shop all quilt covers online at Zanui.

2. Teal

This dark cyan shade balances the coolness of blues with the natural beauty of lush green.

It’s another deep shade with a muted tone, so it works well with contrast colours like pink or raw white.

Teal works best as an accent colour to a neutral palette. If your room works with off-whites and earthy shades, adding teal is a sophisticated way to inspire new life without looking too ‘pop’.

Teal Portrait Digital Art Print from Fin & Ivy. Shop all wall art on Zanui.

3. Fern

We’re smitten with this forest-inspired green. The medium-toned fern colour is a refreshing take on classic, ‘heritage’ green shade.

It balances the best of ‘bright’ and ‘refined’ which makes it super easy to style with in any room of the house.

Stick to cooler palettes of blues, greys and white with this one. The idea is to complement rather than contrast for a cleaner look.

Chinoiserie range from Jasper Conran at Wedgwood. Shop all tableware online at Zanui.

4. Mint

If you’d rather go fresh (without dulling your palette) tone up with mint. Unlike the more muted teal tone, mint is a brighter shade on the spectrum.

Mint has been in-season for a while but doesn’t show any signs of disappearing any time soon.

It’s a gender-neutral colour that can look playful and fun against pops of orange or yellow, or more contemporary when paired with grey or pastels.

Elka Quilt Cover Set from Linen House. Shop all quilt covers online at Zanui.

5. Lime

If you love the high-velocity look, definitely go for neon shades like lime! Lime has all the zing and zest of lemon yellow with just a touch of Pantone’s ‘greenery’.

But unlike ‘greenery’, a citrus-infused lime takes your palette into hyperdrive. It’s anything but earthy or dull.

Use lime sparsely in accent decor such as cushions and throws. Pair it with neutrals, and don’t go overboard 😉

Lattice range from Aura by Tracie Ellis. Shop all bed & bath online at Zanui.

Kyra Thomsen is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW. She has experience in copywriting, blogging, journalism, and social media. After completing two degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature in 2013 she began work with the content team at Zanui. Kyra was the winner of the 2012 Questions Writing Prize and her work has been published in print and online for numerous sources, including Writer's Edit, Seizure, and Fairfax Media among others.