Every year industry experts predict what will be “hot” for the upcoming year. Those predictions don’t all show up on January 1, they take awhile to sift down and for me to find them all. Color, fabrics and patterns, furnishing style and just about everything else having to do with fashion or home decor has an expert professing to know what to look for in 2011. This year looks like it’s shaping up to be another bright, colorful one for home decor.
Color for 2011
Everyone wants to know the current hot, trendy color. Pantone has declared it to be Honeysuckle for 2011. “Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.
What to Pair with Honeysuckle?
There are several ways to use this bright color (or any bright color) effectively. The safest way is to pair it with lots of a neutral color to calm or soften the brightness. Any creamy or whites would of course work well. So would shades of gray, chocolate brown or even black for a high contrast, high style room.
A modern family space enhanced with sparkling bright honeysuckle pink but balanced with lovely shades of gray.
This small room boldly goes where most won’t go but the plentiful use of browns and creams make for a well color balanced room. It shows that hot pink can be used in a traditional setting as well.
Honeysuckle pink can also find lively pairings for use in bedrooms or a powder room.
If you’re a trend follower, you may have embraced the Pantone 2010 color of teal and painted your office or guest room that color. Now what to do? Spark the room with just a touch of the newest trend, honeysuckle, and you’ll still be right in step.
View one shows a room with pale aqua walls that create a soothing background for the addition of hot pink sofas. The judicious use of black, white and gray to balance the bold pink make the room not so overwhelming. But then view 2 gives a whole new perspective on the vibrancy of the room. Do you like the addition of mustard as an accent color and the mix of the two rugs?
What if I Don’t Love Pink?
Not everyone loves pink in all its hot glory. Hot pink, fuchsia, or honeysuckle – whatever the name, the hue is the same. If you’re in the mood for a change and want to be the first in your neighborhood to embrace what’s new, but maybe you don’t LOVE pink, you can use it in its toned down version. This warmer but grayed down pink is much more liveable and plays very nicely with the beiges, creams and blues in the room.
Instead of embracing the color whole heartedly, the smallest touch of this vivid color may be all you need (or want) to freshen your space.
How Do You Feel About Pink?
What are your feelings about the new color for 2011? Is it one you want to find a place for in your home? Will you transform a room or just add a pillow? Give us some feedback on your feelings about the whole idea of introducing a “hot new color” every year by leaving us a comment below.
Check back next week when I’ll bring you all the scoop on continuing and developing design trends for 2011.