Pantone’s Color of 2011

Pantone announced that it’s “Color of 2011” is Honeysuckle- a reddish-corally-deep pink.  It’s surprising at first to think that this bold color is what the guess will be the big trend of the year (I would have thought an orange color would have been from looking at the runways looks for 2011) but then I got to thinking about how versatile pink actually is. I found so many rooms I LOVE using pink- either in large doses or small accents. It can

Here is the color of the year and some of the colors that look great paired with it:


And here are some rooms to get you thinkin’ pink- I say investigate ALL shades of pinks from whispery pink to corals to deep dark magenta.


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  1. The pink is lovely, but when I hear “Honeysuckle” it sounds like it should be yellow.. confusing!

  2. This certainly makes me feel better about the coral my landlady slapped on our front door and kitchen cabinets. Oh, and the large, shiny coral accent wall too… now I might be able to accessorize it. Thus far, I have been stumped. Did I mention my existing area rug (from our last home) is the same color? Arrrgghh.

  3. i painted my 6-yr old daughters room a basic light pink and then the adjoining playroom a deeper pink on the same color swatch which looked waaaay too ‘pepto-bismol’ – i ended up repainting the playroom C2 Parchment and it is the perfect balance – the taupe color has a hint of lavender and i love it!

  4. I didn’t think I would, but I LOVE pink like this for decorating. A pink room in my future?? Hmmmmmm.

    Lovely, lovely examples!

  5. That’s exactly the same thing I thought……honeysuckle = mustardy honey colour right? Anyway, I’m not a big fan of pink for clothes but occasionally I like to pair my very few pink pieces with grey so I don’t feel too sweet barbie doll ;)

  6. Great post. I did a Master Bedroom last year all in pale pink from Lee Jofa..on the list to photograph this year. I love this deeper shade of pink. It makes me think of Demi Moore’s apartment in the movie St. Elmo’s Fire. If you haven’t seen it, google it. So tacky…it is fabulous.

  7. Erin, I love all your color combos (especially the honeysuckle with molten lava!) but I have to say, I still don’t know if I’m 100% behind the Honeysuckle choice for Color of the Year in general. I’m with you — I could’ve sworn it was going to be a color in the orange family! Fantastic collection of rooms though. Hope your 2011 is off to a great start!

  8. I was also sure a coraly-orange would have made it this year, but I think we could all use a little pink in our lives this year – its a happy color. I don’t normally decorate with pink but there are so many hues to choose from, as evident by your fabulous post today! I’m a fuschia-kind of girl myself and I love it paired with grey or zebra print!

  9. ::glug glug glug:: that’s me drinking pepto out of the jar. ;)

    Just kidding…pink is a good color if done right!

  10. I also figured honeysuckle would be a yellow color! But I’m loving that pink/navy combo – so preppy and pretty! We’re looking at rearranging our home a little bit, which will mean repainting. I’m thinking I’ve found a color combo that will work!

  11. Love all the rooms you posted especially the grey sectional with those pillows, I’m having the same issue loading your site as someone who commented above.

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