The much anticipated Pantone Color of the Year for 2011 was announced just last week and already it has made a big impact on the marketplace and consumer impressions. I mean it’s awfully hard to deny when even your credit card can bare the new year’s most headlined hue.
However it isn’t the easiest colour to don but for the summer it will dominate with whites and indigo linens.
As designers and homeowners (and everywhere else in life) we are constantly looking for balance. After what many Americans have struggled through the past few years, it shouldn’t be surprising that even with the “color of the year” we are searching for and creating balance. Just look at the colors over the last decade (Thanks Kate for the picture!). They tell a story of yin and yang, warm and cool, complementary and contrast, and they show our tendency to bounce back and forth between the two sides of the color wheel.
So the question then becomes, “If Honeysuckle is the star for 2011, what happens to Turquoise from 2010?” A color doesn’t pop up into the palette, soar to first place, then completely disappear the next year. Well, maybe if it is a fad, but not if it is considered a trend. Color trends have longevity. They evolve and shift over time, but how do we as designers and homeowners adapt to these color changes?
Think of all the blue-green colored fashion and home decor purchased over the last year, or how many walls were painted in the calming sea blue hues. Now to follow Pantone’s footsteps we will be requesting their new pink introduction. My solution: make them a perfect pair! Can’t you see it now?
I can! In fact, I have been anxiously awaiting this combo. Last year and the year before, as part of Trend Tuesday, I talked a lot about turquoise and red, magenta, pink, and blue-green with red-orange . Last spring, I even chose this Duralee embroidered linen fabric as the main patterned accent for my redecorated living room (trust me the pink and blues are much clearer in real life).
It seems other’s were thinking of the same scheme too with some slight variations. It’s a simple equation: Color of the year 2010 + 2011 = perfect interior palette and the great part about this combination is that the blue (blue-green) or pink (red-violet) can easily change values from light to dark, become more toned, or sway slightly into the next color family. It’s simple to personalize perfectly for your space, as in these interiors…
I love how this compilation of images has a range of proportion between the turquoise and cerise. It shows how a little of one color can go along way and impact the entire mood. Notice in some of these pics that the pink may be only pillow accents, or the blue may be just a pair of lamps. These are the dabs of color we talk about, when we express how easily it can be to add or switch out a color to refreshen a space. Accessories you can roll though depending on the colors of the time, or your personal feelings at the time.
Now obviously, this isn’t the only combination or way we will experience Honeysuckle paired in an interior. What are some of the looks and color schemes you are excited about using that include Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year?