Weekend Color: Pantone's Color of the Year - Why It Is Important and Why It's Not


By now I'm sure you have heard about Pantone's color pick for 2011.

Pantone Color of the Year 2011: Honeysuckle

This is quite an energetic pink!

dining rooms - Benjamin Moore - Stonington Gray - pink blue gray black Gus dining chairs white dining table crystal chandelier white buffet hutch cabinet pink chair blue velvet sofa butterfly ottoman blue gray walls living room

Color is moving towards fresh, clean hues.
What exactly does that mean?
I discussed clean/dirty color here, if you'd like to read more about it.

I don't ever advise a client to fill their space with the latest and greatest color unless they truly LOVE it.
What happens next year?
If you are using this hue simply to be "on-trend" 
are you going to be satisfied when it no longer is the top color?

If you have created a fairly neutral shell, or you have used other clean colors that are roughly the same value, you can easily bring in vibrant pink accents.



I think the we should look at the entire palette from Pantone
 to get a clearer sense of what is happening with color.

The silver cloud and silver peony are still holding the grey and blush front.
I wouldn't place Silver peony with any of these other colors 
because it simply is not saturated enough to hold it's own.


Russet is signalling an influx of brown - we need something to balance out all this freshness.
In interiors that signals a return to brown woods, rather than all the grey tones we have been seeing.


The remaining seven hues are all similar in their intensity and clean tones.
You could place any of these in space together and they would work.

Blue Curacao is a softer version of last years turquoise.

I love the regatta blue - it's time to bring blue back from the green side :) 

roomenvy - rich blue living room reading area

Honeysuckle, which looks so vibrant when examined alone, 
fits in to this group without stealing the show.

Pantone's color choices give us a look toward the future,
they interpret our societies emotional climate and the colors reflect it.
It seems right now people are quite ready for a bit of light-hearted fun.

Honeysuckle - will you use it?

til next time..
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abby @ a delightful design said...

Awesome post. Thanks for breaking it down for us.

I actually love the whole pallete. But I'm not really a neutral gal, so this makes sense for me.

I hope you're having a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

These will be great in the spring!

Sarah said...

I always feel pressure to make my home trendy. Thanks for relieving me of that!

the runaway romantique said...

So much beauty in this post!!! I love the hints of pink in the first few photos and the dining room with the black round table is simply GORGEOUS. I would love to have a room decorated like that :)

- the runaway

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