Friday, December 10, 2010

Pantone 2011 Color of the Year

by Shannon Kirby

Have you seen a lot of turquoise this past year?  It was the color of  2010, so look for  pink in the coming months  as Pantone has chosen Honeysuckle Pink as the color of 2011.  They describes it as: “A color for all seasons. Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing ‘everyday’ about it”. (That press statement is mildly funny, please let me know if you face the “brave new world” with pink.)  Please don't say mauve!
The color combination of pink and green have been around a long time- think of Lily Pulitzer and Kate Spade!
The combination of the white with the
honeysuckle in the Kate Spade dress cools down the palette while the green  shown in Lily Pulitzer papers still feels hot.

Black with it is very retro and fun- think zebra stripes, patent leather in black or white and honeysuckle.

The designers that have always worked in this hues are Johnathan Alder and the duo of Diamond Baratta Design.  This is their Tiburon fabric for Lee Jofa below in the pink and orange combo- which I love!

 Do you see honeysuckle in your future?  It's quite a shift from the the turquoises and grays of past years and wants to offer a glimmer of hope and promise.  You can't help but be uplifted when you see this fun shade.