2011 Pantone Color of the Year: Honeysuckle

Pantone 2011 Color of the year Mood Board

Pantone 2011 Color of the year Mood Board

Each December, designers from all aspects of the industry await Pantone’s color of the year announcement. As the global color authority and provider of color standards for all areas of the design industry, Pantone’s selection influences product development and design decisions in fashion, home and industrial design.

For 2011, the color of the year is honeysuckle, a warm pink that straddles the line between coral and poppy red. Since pink is one of those shades that you either love or loathe, it’s no surprise that honeysuckle was met with mixed emotions from the design community.

pink accents in a kitchen

When it comes to pink and decor, it can be hard to think beyond nurseries and little girl’s rooms. But honeysuckle is far from a lifeless pastel, adding a contemporary burst of color and a much-needed hit of summer during dreary winter months.

West Chin Room

Just check out this amazing yet otherwise neutral space by New York architect and interior design firm West Chin spotted on Desire to Inspire. Gorgeous as the space may be, my eye was immediately drawn to the simple vase of pink peonies. The tone of the flowers adds life and vibrancy to the room – proof that you don’t need to make a major investment in this trend to update and add impact to your decor.

If you’ve been waiting for the day you can add a major pop of pink to your home, this is the year to do it. You’ll have no problem finding wallpaper, furniture and fabric in this mood-boosting hue. For a less committed approach, consider inexpensive room accessories such as a framed print, cushion cover or area rug. After all, only Pantone knows just what color 2012 will be.

Will you add pink to your decor this year?

+ Learn more about Pantone 2011 Color of the Year
Custom birth announcement by Apple Blossom Print, $28 USD
Malama black/grey/pink wallpaper, Wallpaper from the 70s
Louis Poulsen Pink Collage Pendant Lamp by Louise Campbell, $1,455.40 USD
Nisse folding chair, $18.99 CAD at Ikea
Schumacher Zenyatta Mondatta lumbar pillow in Berry, Woody Liana, $75 USD
Paris Tea Towel £8.50 at Lovelylovely
Pink accent kitchen photo: Freshome
+ Living room designed by West Chin on Desire to Inspire