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How to Decorate with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery!

The Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery (15-0343). This color is described as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” Now that’s a description!

I love following Pantone trends and seeing how they’re being used in various industries. Today, I am going to tell you how to decorate with the color of the year.

First, look to Pantone’s color schemes for some inspiration. For Greenery, Pantone lists 10 palettes to show how the color looks next to different categories of colors. This will help you decide if you prefer neutrals, dark shades, bright shades, pastels, or metallics.

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My Favorite From Pantone.com

Then, utilize your color choices in specific areas and rooms of the home. I had the chance to speak with a professional accessory buyer about the best places for Greenery, and she advised incorporating it in entryways, bathrooms, playrooms, and outdoor spaces. These locations seem to make sense based on the overall description of the color.

Entryways: Greenery is inviting.
Bathrooms: Greenery is calming.
Playrooms: Greenery is youthful.
Outdoor Spaces: Greenery is natural.

An area rug can be placed in any one of these for that pop of color, but here are some specific ideas for each:

Entryways: tall vases, wall art

Bathrooms: bathroom accessories, towels, lighting fixtures

Playrooms: reading rug, table and chairs, toy chest, bookshelves

Outdoor Spaces: planters, outdoor furniture, garden decor

Depending on the chosen color scheme and how much Greenery you want in each area, you can decide to go for pieces that are solid Greenery, or pieces that contain other colors and a hint of Greenery.

Last but not least, don’t forget actual greenery! You may already have some in your home since it’s the holiday season, but it’s always a great idea to have some fresh plants and flowers.

Check out how this online rug store, Rug & Home, is helping decorators decide! They’ve made a curated page of different Greenery area rugs.

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National Outdoor Lighting Month

October is National Outdoor Lighting Month. For both the community of lighting professionals and homeowners, this month was created to raise awareness and educate people on the importance of security and safety. Outdoor lighting provides both.

Security, Safety and Style!

With proper lighting and installation comes a sense of security. Intruders are less likely to choose a home that is well-lit for obvious reasons. Along with security is safety. For the front yard, it’s important to have the driveway, walkways and entrance lit. This helps to prevent vehicle accidents, trips and falls, and provides enough light for unlocking the door without an issue, which can bring us back to the security point. At nighttime, especially this time of year when it gets dark earlier, everyone wants to get into their homes safely and efficiently.

There are different kinds of lights for the different areas mentioned above. Flood lights and pier mount lights are for driveways and garages, landscape lights are for walkways,  flush-mount lights and hanging lights are for entries and porches, wall lanterns are perfect for right outside the front door, and post lantern lights can be beneficial anywhere, but are especially helpful and stylish next to steps.

Speaking of style, outdoor lights have definite curb appeal. The types of lights listed above add style to both the front and backyard, which is beneficial when hosting company on the porch or in the yard. If your yard was already prepared for summer nights spent outside, leave it up to enjoy throughout the fall. Throw in a few hanging lanterns to accompany you and your guests while relaxing around the fire.

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For your outdoor lighting needs, I recommend one of the best lighting stores in CT. Shop outdoor lighting to achieve safety, security and appeal, and spread the word about National Outdoor Lighting Month!

To wrap up a post about lighting and the month of October, what’s better than this awesome idea for LED stick figure Halloween costumes!