2011 Color of the Year . . .

Pantone, the world renown color authority, has announced it’s 2011 Color of the Year.  Honeysuckle Pink!  If I sound excited, it’s because I am.  I love a good pink, and I’m not going to apologize for it.   


Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman says, “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.”  I’ll buy that.





What does this mean to you?  It simply means you’ll be seeing much more of this lively hue in the year to come.  That means both in fashion and in decor.  I’m not saying people are going to be slathering their walls with hot pink, but there will be lots more pink in accessories and furnishings.


This announcement is rather timely, given my Pink Christmas post from yesterday!  I mean, it’s dead-on the color from the first photo of the wreath.  And guess what color I painted a couple of my chairs two days ago?  


No, I didn’t have prior knowledge about “the next big color.”    But I am The Decorologist, afterall.  This color is Benjamin Moore’s Fashion Rose.  It looks quite purply on the swatch, but reads dark pink once painted.



So tell me what YOU think about the 2011 Color of the Year.

Photo Credits:  Pantone, Creamy Life, Bossy Color, Decor Pad, The Decorologist.

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14 thoughts on “2011 Color of the Year . . .

  1. Heather says:

    OH YIPPPEEE!!! I was just thinking of this post you did last year and wondering what this year’s color would be. i have thought about last years color all year this year as i decorated and brought aqua into my home…. now, oh now! I better bring out my pinks!! You are such a color psychic!

  2. ehalvey says:

    Hrm, I like the color itself. I’m a huge fuschia fan. But I have a feeling that some people who don’t have a good eye might go a little too 80s with this. Turquoise retro 50s looks so much better than pink tacky 80s, haha!

  3. Amy says:

    So vibrant and uplifting! And reminds me of the lovely pink you suggested for Lucy’s closet a couple of weeks ago … Yes, you ARE The Decorologist!

  4. moon says:

    Last year I replaced the outdated red tablecloths in my store with COY 09 gold, added accent cloths of COY10 turquoise, and this year planted flowers in front of my store in COY11 pink. Not sure where this is going, but it’s getting pretty lively. They’ve gone through the primary colors the last three years, will they be going into the secondary colors next? I predict a green for next year, Pantone’s pronouncements have been worded around promoting optimism and seeking to inspire and uplift during this recession. We have got to start pulling out of the great recession sometime, and green is a color of growth and fertility. We’re not ready for the energy of orange yet, that’s for a very vibrant full blown growth where green is for hopeful growth and a purple just doesn’t seem to fit for the next couple years. While purples are regal and spiritual, there is something sober and somber there, and we don’t need any somber right now. So sayeth my crystal ball.

  5. Sueann says:

    We just finished painting our bedroom that color and most everything else in the room is black and white. My husband was not sure he would like it, but when it was finished, he said it looked great.1

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  7. Terry Roberson says:

    Hello” I was wondering if you could help me if i take a picture of my new Resturant exterior you could help me with the color of the building? Please let me know if you do some thing like this. My son is a graphic artist and not sure if there are some format out there that he can take the picture into photo shop and change the colors around.

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