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Color of the Year 2011

It seems like just yesterday I was writing about the Color of the Year for 2010 selected by the Pantone Color Institute. Not sure how it happened so fast, but 365+ days have already passed and now there’s a new Color of the Year for 2011. Are you ready for it? Drum roll please…



According to Pantone the color Honeysuckle is, “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.”

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Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® explains, “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. Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

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Eiseman continues, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”

Simon Fairless "Pink1" zatista.com

Pantone elaborates, “Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It’s a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women’s apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men’s ties, shirts and sportswear.”


“Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy in the family room, kitchen or hallway.”


“Honeysuckle is upbeat and dynamic when used on large areas like the entry area of a house or an apartment. It is an appetite and conversation stimulant when used on the dining room walls. In the kitchen, it adds a fun touch on the table in placemats and other linens (patterned or solid), colored glassware, candles and small appliances.”

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“Honeysuckle is a great color to cover up shabby kitchen cabinets, or, if that’s too much of a color statement for you, try repainting knobs and drawer pulls. But be warned – once you try this arresting shade, it can become addictive.”

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Whether your style is sophisticated or fun-loving, Honeysuckle may just be the versatile accent color you’ve been looking for!


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Comments (2)

  1. marden iglesias
    January 20, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    beauriful color pallette…so much energy and pizzazz!

  2. Gretchen Joyce
    January 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Energetic and exciting color! Gotta talk my daughter into painting her room this color… in small amounts.

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