7 Ways to Use 2017 Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery

Fashion & Shopping:

Just a few months ago, the people who decide all things color trends came out with a trend color forecast for 2018.

The 2017 Color of the Year was announced back in December.  I know.  I am behind on this blog post.  I am getting to it now. So I need to beg the color trend people to hold the roll out of 2018. For me, I am just warming up to 2017 and I need time.  Time to savor in it all including the color du jour.

“The color”  as most of you know, is a shade of green, Pantone is calling Greenery (15-0343).  Today I bring you 7 ways I would use the color of the year in home decor.  Take a look and let me know if you have any other ideas…

 

Here are my 7 ways to use green in home decor as illustrated through these photos.

7 WAYS TO USE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR – GREENERY
  • Dining chairs – upholster the seat of a cute dinging chair in green.
  • Feature wall wallpaper – find a wonderful wallpaper with bold leafy print for a powder room or hallway
  • Plants – decorate with plants!
  • Green sofa – timeless if in hunter green or a shade of emerald
  • Kitchen island – Paint lower cabinets or a kitchen island a fabulous jade green
  • Bench or stool – Take a small stool or bench into be covered with green fabric from your local fabric shop
  • Pillows – Add a few green pillows to your living room sofa or the chair in the den.

Here is how the Pantone folks describe this almost chartreuse shade of green:

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is 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.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

Looking forward to finding out what is in store for 2018.  As you an see by these swatches above…we are looking at a lot of color!!!

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

 

Commercial Design: West Hampton’s Elementary School

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An environment that is unified, holistic, and organic refines equality throughout the West Hampton Elementary School. The Stingray, a metaphorical symbol of both deep thinking and leadership uses the geometrical principles of nature and will be replicated in the design through sequencing, school colors, curvilinear architectural, and art focused classrooms. The entrance of geometrical shapes in the spaces will provide an interchanging look and highlight visually textured surfaces. Designed with the “Stingray Nation” in mind, the space will resonate with those who appreciate art and design, but also to those who share a scholastic sense of pride. Like principles in design, the environment will be artistic, harmonious, and bring a unified spirit to the occupants through collaborative spaces.

Maelee Arnold Interior’s was contracted to design the third grade class room and activity space of the West Hampton’s Elementary School. The design must be harmonious and functional for children.

THE CONCEPT FOR RE-DESIGN OF WEST HAMPTON ELEMENTARY CENTERS AROUND THE VIBRANT CREATIVITY OF YOUTH. THE FOCUS FOR WEST HAMPTON IS TO ENHANCE CHILDREN’S EDUCATION THROUGH HANDS-ON LEARNING INITIATIVES THAT INTEGRATE ARTS EDUCATION AND INDIVIDUAL LEADERSHIP. INCORPORATING BOLD COLORS REMINISCENT OF THE HAMPTONS COASTAL SETTING TIES THE SCHOOL TO ITS SURROUNDING COMMUNITY. OPEN AND ACCESSIBLE SPACES THROUGHOUT, ALLOW EACH STUDENT THE FREEDOM TO ENGAGE IN THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT SURROUND THEM

 

Maelee Arnold Interior’s took the time to research the needs of third grade class rooms before picking out any furniture, finishes, and equipment (FFE). After researching, it was apparent that third grade is the grade year where children transition from single desk to group tables. It was also apparent that third grade scholars spend a lot of time focusing on science and math. To help incorporate third grade standards I found single movable desk that can be pushed-together to create a “table space” or “group space” for all the students. On top of mobility in the classroom, I also added THREE group areas that would give students a place to work on Science, Math or Reading; independently, in a group, or with the teacher.

desk for class room

Smith and System Silhouette Desk

I focused on a blue, orange and grey color palette that mimics West Hampton’s beaches for the classroom. Too much color can cause a “wondering eye”, which is not ideal in a school space. Not only was color an important element of our design but texture and shape was as well. I decided to carry a hexagon/ “honey comb” shape through out the third grade class rooms and activity space. Adding different shapes brought interest to the human eye

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Rendered Floor Plan of Third Grade Classroom


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Rendered Perspective of Third Grade Class Room.

Programs used to create rendering: Sketch Up, Adobe Photo Shop, Auto Cad and InDesign

The activity space was by far the funnest space to design! I was given an empty room with curved walls. During my design process I had to consider ALL children. A design that would accommodate every one of the Third Grade. I decided to turn one wall into a “storage” / “slot” wall. The wall thickness has been taken from the standard 6″ to a solid 16″! The extra space allowed me to place the seating IN the wall. The idea of this came from children in wheelchairs. Disabled children should never feel secluded due to their mobility. When you add-on the extra width to the wall it allows children and teachers to GRAB the seating down and place it around wheelchairs.

I also added in PLINKO board, hexagon wall seating and a book nook for the Third Graders!

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Rendered Floor Plan of Third Grade Activity Room


activity room prespective

Rendered Perspective of Third Grade Activity Room.

Programs used to create rendering: Sketch Up, Adobe Photo Shop, Auto Cad and InDesign


I look forward to sharing more designs with you. For any questions about this perspective or design please email me at: maeleea24@gmail.com

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student


GO STINGRAYS!

FIRST BLOG: GET TO KNOW ME

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HELLO!
Welcome to Maelee Arnold Interiors FIRST EVER blog post!

I am a stylish young women currently studying Interior Design at my hometowns local community college.  The purpose of this blog is to write about my knowledge and experience learned in design school and also my professional designs. I have grown up in the furniture industry ever since I was four years old so it was no surprise to my family when I started pursing my career in the industry for myself. I am located twenty minutes North West from Americas “Furniture Capital of the World” also known as High Point, North Carolina. As I graduate college in May 2018, I plan on staying close to home and finding a design job specializing in show room design or furniture design in High Point, N.C. I like all aspects of design but what I love about interior design is the showrooms and the furniture the fills them.

I’m looking forward to continuing my blog and writing to design lovers about the newest, in style interiors and exteriors.

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

 

4/26/2017