The New Year, for me, has always been about fresh starts, personal growth, the great unknown and new endeavors. The same rang true this year as I’m exceptionally optimistic about 2011. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but I can’t wait to see what lies ahead. There is one thing, though, that’s raining on my parade just a bit. It’s the Pantone 2011 Color of the Year: Honeysuckle.
It’s supposed to be ‘Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world.’ , but I’m not buying it. I could bore you with a thesis outlining the reasons why I can’t get behind this Honeysuckle campaign, but instead I’m just going to show you a few things I’d rather see in 2011 that don’t include Pantone 18-2120.
The perfect neutrals. From interiors to fashion and everywhere in-between there are just some things that never go out of style. Neutrals bring out the best in the colors around them and create a richness that’s undeniable. In 2011 I’d love to see pieces in all areas of design that use neutrals in unexpected and compelling ways.
Tranquil pastels. I’d take a deep pastel hue over Pepto-pink (or Honeysuckle) any day. Pastels are the perfect compliment to that four-season piece of clothing or the ideal tint for a serene Summer oil painting. I’m hoping this year will showcase pastels and muted hues used in a forward-thinking fashion that makes the viewer look twice.
The unexpected. In 2010 we saw some interesting colors. Whether it was a Lady Gaga ensemble or the lunar eclipse, we had colors from allover the rainbow. In 2011 I am eager to see downplayed fashion, spaces and designs that pack a surprise punch with an unexpected hue. I always find that so refreshing.
So will you help me out and get behind some of my color trend ideas for the year? Don’t leave me hanging as the only neutral-wearing, punch of color, pastel-designing person in 2011…
All images were collected using Pinterest, an online inspiration forum. You can see the 2011 color board I created here. If you’d like and invite to join Pinterest just leave a comment below and I’ll send an invite your way. I must warn you though, it’s very addicting.
By: Elissa Braun