Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011 Color of the Year

Turquoise is out. Honeysuckle is in.
Aside from the rich reddish pink hue, the name of the color is also quite catchy.
Honey Suckle. 
We heart it.

Here is what the Pantone Institute had to say:  

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.”

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, 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.

What is Pantone Anyway?

Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color.
For more than 45 years, Pantone has been inspiring design professionals with products, services and leading technology for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity.
In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone's founder, created an innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community.
His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM®, a book of standardized color in fan format.
Pantone has since expanded its color matching system concept to other color-critical industries, including digital technology, fashion, home, plastics, architecture and contract interiors, and paint.
Today, the PANTONE Name is known worldwide as the standard language for accurate color communication, from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer, across a variety of industries.

We like this shade of pink. Not too orange and not too much on the red side either.
A lot of skin tones will actually suit this and the funny thing is, even if its a shade of pink, its definitely not too girly.
It also helps that the name, honeysuckle is so inviting!

What is YOUR color? What do you think should have been the color of the year?

Above, from left: Nina Ricci, Jil Sander, DKNY, Valentino.

Erika and Marga


1 comment:

  1. Sadly, this color hates my skintone. :( but I've been a fan of anything pink since birth so if this color won't look good on my skin, maybe it'll look good on my toes (nail polish/or SHOES!!!) :D