Vibrant, energetic, festive, lively, stimulating… Pantone’s official color for 2011, honeysuckle, truly embodies the kind of year that we want this to be. Really, how can you not feel happy when looking at this bright, enlivening hue? It symbolizes the end of a year of the blues with turquoise as the color of the year for 2010, and marks the beginning of a bright new era.
Many people may think that pink is a hard color to pull off in fashion and decorating. But the trick here is to not over-think it. In actuality, honeysuckle is a color that is complementary to nearly all skin tones for both men and women, and is much more mature looking than pastel or baby pink. The rosy tone can also be incorporated easily into an indoor or outdoor decorating scheme. Here are some ideas for how you can add a splash of honeysuckle to your life in 2011.
BCBGeneration Estrella Pump
In your wardrobe:
Look for honeysuckle colored shrugs, sweaters, blouses, and shirts. When worn near the face, honeysuckle brings a hint of warmth to lips and cheeks, and casts a favorable glow. Plus, it has sort of a vintage, Mad Men-ish appeal. If you are more into neutrals, try warming up your basic closet staples with a honeysuckle colored scarf, necklace, tie, purse, or pair of shoes. This is a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit. Try wearing honeysuckle any time you want to appear approachable and confident, whether that is at a party where you will be meeting new people, or at a job interview. These Estrella Pumps made by BCBGeneration are pretty va-va-va-voom. We also love this organic jersey cotton infinity scarf by EcoKaren, and these natural agate stone earrings by CayennePeppy.
Image from LivingEtc
In your home:
If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to brighten up your home, just paint a wall honeysuckle with Pantone’s eco-friendly low VOC paint. We doubt you’ll be able to walk past it without feeling cheery. We like the idea of painting a hallway or just one wall of the family room in this shade. We also dig these super chic ideas from Apartment Therapy, where they focused on making small spaces pop with honeysuckle accessories. One of the key points they make here is that with this bright coraly shade, it is not necessary to be all matchy-matchy. Honeysuckle accents go well with neutrals in your home, such as black, white, and navy. But they also look fabulous with other brights such as lime green and bright orange. You can liven up an otherwise cool-toned bathroom with a honeysuckle chair, such as this one at LivingEtc. Or, add a burst of color to your kitchen with our Four Seasons Tea Towel in Fall.
Honeysuckle image from the What's Up! blog
In Your Garden:
What better way to celebrate the color honeysuckle than by planting honeysuckle in your garden? Honeysuckle is a climbing plant, so it is a good idea to position it near a trellis, archway, wall, or fence. It also is very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies because of its super sweet fragrance. There are several varieties of honeysuckle from which you can choose, but for this distinct bright pinky red shade, you’ll want to select Coral Honeysuckle seeds. This evergreen variety is hardy to zones 4-10. Other beautiful bright rosy colored blossoms include Coral Bells, Gerbera Daisies, striking (up to three feet tall) Starfighter Oriental Lilies, Pink Elephant Lobelias, and Fuschia Magic Vanda Orchids.
So don’t be shy. Go ahead and add a burst of honeysuckle to your life. Its positive energy and cheery vibe are perfect for 2011. For more inspiration, check out these pinky ideas from Get Going Girl and Mod Vintage Life.