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Greenery: Setting the [Pan]tone

Just in case you’ve ever wondered, there’s a whole team of seasoned experts behind those little striped colour cards you find in the paint section of a home store. Pantone, a company spreading their colour matching mastery to printing industries worldwide for the past six decades, creators of the pioneering Pantone Matching System are a firm authority on what’s hot in the world of shades and tones, inspiring creative companies’ design forecasts for the year ahead.


Led by a belief that that colour is integral to how a culture expresses its attitudes and emotions, since 2000 the Pantone Colour Institute has crowed a "Colour of the Year" that snapshots a collective mood across global culture of the moment.

This year’s crowned colour is Greenery; tying in with a worldwide desire for new beginnings and resolutions, greenery represents revival, renewal restoration. Or in their very own words:

‘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 through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront’

– Pantone Colour Institute

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

So, after dipping into the Ayok’a catalogue, we’ve curated a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade-showcase of artworks you can use to inject a bit of ‘nature’s neutral’ into your own space.

La nymphe by Delphine Alphonse
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Green is the backdrop for the geometry and playful patterns of this picture, the flowers framing a soft and sultry gaze – a signature dreamlike quality oozes from every one of Delphine Alphose’s works. We think we’re in love.

Mademoiselle j’ai rendez-vous by Delphine Alphonse
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…yep, definitely in love. Plant-life surrounds this lady in waiting while her multicoloured triangular fro accents a look of longing (with a teeny hint impatience). PS. That Bardot shirt with the lace detail? *Insert heart-eyes emoji here*

Untitled 2 by Neema Iyer
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The ultimate depiction of Pantone’s Greenery ethos, this yoga-inspired image against the sunset shows the life-enhancing healing powers of personal practice, a striking one-leg wheel-pose amid a leafy locale. We feel energised by just looking at it.

Untitled 1 by Neema Iyer
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This heady layered portrait by Neema attracts a double take on first sight. Green brings calm and steadiness to this slightly turbulent image, a work which finds its power in subtlety. We’re thinking the bedroom for this one.








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