Green – Nature’s Neutral (article)

Author: LAURIE PRESSMAN Pantone Color Institute  

The human eye literally sees more green than any other color. The hue of foliage, grass, and growing plants; bountiful trees, lush meadows and clinging vines; the shade of forests and jungles; elves and leprechauns; the product of the Irish patriarch and St. Patrick’s Day; with a multitude of greens so plentiful in the surrounding world, there are many moods the green family can convey.

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One of the new green shades we included into the 210 new color additions to our PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors color palette is the fertile Forest Biome, a deeply luxuriant blue influenced green so instantly evocative of nature and the comforting feelings the idea of nature engenders

Lying in the center of the color spectrum between the composure of blue and the activity of yellow, green is known as the great harmonizer. Often described as a restful shade, physiologically green affects the nervous system, causing us to breathe slowly and deeply, helping the heart to relax by slowing the production of stress hormones. Used lavishly whether in open fields or a park in an urban environment, the serenity of nature’s greens can quickly bring about a sense of balance and harmony.

Leafy greens connect with newness, youth and growth. Heralded by the annual emergence each spring of tender green shoots, a majority of people see green as symbolic of nature and new beginnings as green refreshes, restores and reaffirms that the seasons repeat in exactly the same sequence each year. An abundance of green indicates that there is available water, a necessary element for human survival and a primary reason why humans respond on a very visceral level to the reassuring presence of this shade.

The continued influence of the green family led to the addition of a wide array of green shades into our 210 new color additions to the PANTONE Fashion, Home + Interiors palette, ranging from the natural and earthy warm yellow greens like Guacamole and Split Pea to the true green shades of Lush Meadow, the olive infused Sea Turtle and Kalamata, the deep blue influenced greens, Forest Biome, Rain Forest and the citrusy energetic shades of Lime Popsicle and Evening Primrose.