The news is out, Honeysuckle is Pantone’s colour of 2011. Since I’ve been talking about Pink for a while now (and it’s the accent colour in my living room) it’s kind of cool that it’s officially a ‘colour of the year’.
“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”
How hot is this colour?
Well I found some pink pots in exactly this shade at IKEA this week. I took two of them home and decided I didn’t like them because they would only look good with green and white daisies in them. They are too hot as a plant pot, I much prefer white. IKEA has toss cushions that match as well! I would have liked to find this kind of ‘big box’ support in YELLOW, but alas, it is not yet to be.
2010 the colour of the year was Turquoise and it was definitely everywhere. In fact right now, it’s hard to find blue in ‘off the shelf’ drapery panels, toss cushions and accessories, everything is turquoise. I seem to be right on trend in my house with this colour as well, my office and master bedroom is decorated in shades of turquoise. However in 2009 when Pantone introduced Mimosa (flowers below) as the colour of the year, I would have to say that they were a little ahead because that shade of yellow was no-where to be found, because if it was I would find accessories for my living room in that colour but trust me, they are few and far between!!
This is my patio with some boxwood and yellow (Mimosa coloured) mums (that were frozen solid in this photo you can see the snow on the chair). When my black and white upholstered chairs were put away for the winter the table (which is right in front of the living room) was now staring back at me, so I decorated underneath it!
Anyway, that’s my take on the colours of 2009, 2010 and 2011. How do you feel about ‘Honeysuckle’ are you feeling it?
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