color resolutions

2011 January 11
by faucethead creative

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

9 Responses leave one →
  1. January 11, 2011

    Not to get hung up on the hook of your story and not the meat, but every honeysuckle I’ve ever seen is a shade of creamy golden yellow. Pantone says they are pink? Hmmm.

  2. January 11, 2011

    We thought the same thing Cara! What’s next, the vibrant orange of Pantone’s Sumptuous Lilac?

  3. Andrea permalink
    January 11, 2011

    Honeysuckle looks like the shade of nail polish that my grandma used to wear. That’s not very brave or new!

  4. January 11, 2011

    I also feel that something great is going to happen in 2011 and I can’t wait to see the fantastic things the year holds ahead.

    P.S. I’m hosting a fantastic giveaway. Would you come and enter?

  5. January 11, 2011

    I love your pallette – and I also do not like the Honeysuckle! I am hoping to shake things up with some unexpected colors this year.

  6. January 11, 2011

    hmmm…not that i mind the color that much but it definitely does not say “Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world.” its a little timid and ho hum for that. Schiaparelli pink would make more sense with that slogan. The pink campaign from Funny Face made more sense.

    I love your neutrals and I LOVE unexpected pops of color.

  7. January 15, 2011

    Certainly a beautiful color for this year! Thank you for sharing such a lovely array of inspiration with us, and also, on a more personal note, for the kind comment you left for me the other day… wishing you a fabulous weekend ahead, xx

  8. January 17, 2011

    Thanks, Leigha! Great article.
    I have to admit, I wouldn’t hate to have a Firecracker Orange Visa card.

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