Pantone released it's pick for the 2011 color of the year, "Honeysuckle." I'll admit, I (a) thought it to be a saffron hue when I read 'honeysuckle' on Twitter (b) at 1st glance said: "Mauve? Say it ain't so!" BUT I piped down and studied the depth of the color which reads more of a "Deep salmon meets Monica Lewinsky's Lipstick, the Babs Walters Interview." We all know what a ruckus that created, right?
I believe Pantone is THE color authority and their stabs at up-and-coming colors have always been on target in my opinion. It got me thinking:
"How will we use this color?"
"Where will we use this color?"
"I'd like to build a room around this color?"
So I did!
I think that so many shy away from pink tones b/c of the stigma of being effeminate, but here, I purposely kept the idea of working the color around clean-lined pieces and did my best not to over-girly it where a man (albeit, a man who is comfortable in his own skin) would not be completely offended!
By bringing this color into a public space vs. the tried and true powder room or bedroom we become familiarized with it's use. The beauty of a chroma that is not as in-your-face as red, but not as whispery as salmon, is unexpected and refreshing. I like that it packs punch, but not a hair too much. That makes it workable amongst many planes and far less trendy in my opinion.
CLOCKWISE FROM BOTTOM:
LOUIS PHILLIPE MIRROR: RED TICKING •STRIPED DRAPERY FABRIC: KRAVET• FRENCH VELVET GRAY CHAIRS: HOMENATURE
PINK PILLOW; B VIZ• POLYCHROME CHEST: CRISTOPHE EDWARDS
FRENCH EMPIRE SCONCES: DAVID SKINNER ANTIQUES• ORIGINAL ARTWORK: GEORGE MARKS (LOUISIANA)
ALABASTER CHANDELIER: MARVIN ALEXANDER ANTIQUES• SOFA: ELLEN KENNON• CLOVER COCKTAIL TABLES: 2OTH CENTURY ANTIQUES• RUG: DORIS LESLIE BLAU
Some smart designers have already begun using a variant of this color. Look here:
Of course Suzanne Kasler, tastemaker extraordinaire was WAY ahead of the curve when she completed this room which graced the color of House Beautiful years ago. She stated in an interview that in real life the color was a deeper tone, so I'd venture to say it was much like "Honeysuckle" in person. Agree?
Mere months ago, Grant K. Gibson scattered touches of the deep rose throughout his teenage girls bedroom for the Elle Decor showhouse. I gasp over the hand painted DeGournay wallpaper every time!!!!!!
Sweet Joni Webb of Cote de Texas brought the color in through fresh flowers and a casually placed throw on her Mouton-leg sofa. I love how the green of the apples comes alive as your eye travels from the deep pink to the green.
Here, Mary Douglas Drysdale used a Honeysuckle-ish hue as the accent color in this...hold on, I'm still catching my breath and collecting my thoughts–––this bedroom that almost makes me cry I get so verklempt over it! Isn't that gorgeous?
Another one of my favorite designers, Suellen Gregory, used the pink as the accent color amongst a palette of beautiful cream and seagrass.
So, what are your thoughts on Pantone's color of the year so far? Hit? Miss? Love it? Hate it?
How would YOU use it? Where? Tell alllllll!