Honeysuckle: 2011’s Color of the Year

The 2011 “color of the year” is honeysuckle. Who knew?

Honeysuckle - 2011 Color of the YearWe know how important color can be in our lives – maybe that’s why some of us (not naming names!) find ourselves obsessing over the choice of colors we wear or the color we paint our walls… we know friends who’ve spent a solid week trying to decide between the blue comforter or the other blue comforter.

So imagine our surprise to discover there’s an official “color of the year.” And, for 2011, the Color of the Year, according to the color experts at Pantone, is…  drum roll, pleasehoneysuckle!

According to Pantone, honeysuckle is a color for all seasons:

Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.

One look at this fresh sorta pink, sorta red color and, hmmm, they’re right! Honeysuckle looks like a great color for home this year. We can see it adding a bold feeling to a kitchen or entryway, or bringing a fresh breath of Spring into the bedroom in sheets, printed comforters or window panels. Even just a few honeysuckle accessories can change the mood.

The change of seasons is always a good time to look around and reevaluate our living spaces. Color is such a powerful agent of change. And yet it can be the easiest thing to incorporate into your décor or your fashions. This year, let’s take a hint from honeysuckle. Let’s be courageous and confident. Let’s be colorful!


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2 comments on “Honeysuckle: 2011’s Color of the Year

  1. Since when is honeysuckle PINK it is mostly yellow (I am a master gardener)??? Looks more like Hibiscus.

  2. We were a little surprised, too! A quick google search reveals that cultivated honeysuckle — most likely the variety that gardeners today are familiar with — is more common in North America… and it is indeed closer to yellow. But wild honeysuckle is the pinkish variety above.

    Have you ever come across wild honeysuckle? Let us know!

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