Monday, January 24, 2011

2011 Color of the Year-is this trend part of YOUR story?

Pantone, the leading global authority on color, has declared that ‘honeysuckle’ is the color of the year for 2011!  According to Pantone’s press release, they describe honeysuckle as follows:

Energizing Honeysuckle Lifts Spirits and Imparts Confidence to Meet Life’s Ongoing Challenges.  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.

“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.”

For those wondering what color honeysuckle is, as you can see in the picture below, this is an exceptionally vibrant red-based pink shade.  I did an online search and the honeysuckle flower has long been associated with happiness. Last year’s ‘it’ color, turquoise, appeared in everything from wall paint to nail polish.  Just as Turquoise enveloped the design world last year, from scarves and bar stools to product packaging and websites, expect to see Honeysuckle popping up vibrantly not only in fashion but also home décor, print ads and web design.  I am sure we will see this color in everything from table linens to bridesmaid dresses as well.

The question is....Is Honeysuckle for you?  I think trends are fabulous, but only follow them if they speak to who you are, and the experience you are trying to create.   Read below for some more clues, and decide for yourself if this fits into your grand scheme for your day....

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.”
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.

If  Honeysuckle is for you, here are some ideas and inspiration for your big day:

Honeysuckle color used as a subtle color palette and design element, soft, feminine, elegant, but relevant and fresh.

Honeysuckle color used as a bold color palette and design element, bold, brave, rich, and beautiful. Dessert Table by Amy Atlas.

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