The hot color for 2011

  • By Sarah Jackson Herald Writer
  • Thursday, January 6, 2011 12:01am
  • Life

Here we are: It’s 2011.

What do the next 12 months hold for interior design?

The answer is, in a word, pink.

That’s according to Pantone’s color institute, an international authority in color forecasting that crosses

all genres of design, including the fashion runways of New York and your local discount retailer’s pillow aisle.

Pantone recently pronounced honeysuckle pink as the color of the year for 2011.

It is a rich, warm hue with just a touch of cherry red: not quite as bright as fuchsia, nowhere near as soft as baby girl pink and not murky like the drab mauves of the 1980s.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and a Bainbridge Island resident, describes the color as encouraging and uplifting, perfect for these uncertain times.

According to Pantone, honeysuckle pink “elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.”

In 2010, Pantone’s color of the year was a turquoise blue. That hue, according to Eiseman, was more about escape.

Pink is intense and focused on the now. It’s young, but not too young.

Some designers have described the color as “Mad Men” pink, citing the AMC hit show about life at an ad agency in the 1960s.

Pink is a key element in creating a Tokyo pop look. That’s one of the top design schemes Behr, a popular line of paints, is forecasting for 2011.

“Flirtatious, light-hearted and girly cute,” Tokyo pop is all about optimistic bright colors that cheer, including Pinkelicious, a Behr color similar to honeysuckle pink.

If painting an entire wall any type of pink sounds too bold for you, do what most people will do in 2011: Simply accessorize with pink.

Pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories should all be available in honeysuckle pink — or something like it — in just about every price range this year.

Crate & Barrel’s not-yet-released spring collection, for example, will include a hot pink surf chair as well as bedding with bold hot pink patterns.

Jonathan Adler’s line of silk-screened linen kaleidoscope pillows, out now, features a mix of warm yellows, oranges and reds, plus that playful honeysuckle pink.

Pink, unlike the many blues recommended by Pantone over the past decade, seems like the perfect choice for Northwest homes, the ideal foil to our winter grays and, perhaps, the perfect color for kicking off spring.

Sarah Jackson: 425-339-3037, sjackson@heraldnet.com.

Past hot colors

Pantone’s colors of the year over the past decade have been dominated by blues and reds. Until honeysuckle pink was named color of the year for 2011, the only pink hue chosen by the color group in the past 10 years was a hot fuchsia pink in 2001.

Honeysuckle, a bright, warm pink (2011)

Turquoise, an aqua-marine blue (2010)

Mimosa, a vibrant yellow (2009)

Blue iris, a periwinkle purple (2008)

Chili pepper, a deep, hot red (2007)

Sand dollar, a beige (2006)

Blue turquoise, a muted blue (2005)

Tigerlily, a red-orange (2004)

Aqua sky, a blue (2003)

True red, a lipstick red (2002)

Fuchsia rose, a hot pink (2001)

Cerulean, a periwinkle blue (2000)

Resources

Pantone

www.pantone.com

www.pantonepaints.com

Leatrice Eiseman

www.colorexpert.com

Behr

Behr.com

Crate & Barrel

www.crateandbarrel.com

Jonathan Adler

www.jonathanadler.com

Talk to us

More in Life

Dark gray wheels and black exterior accents provide extra visual appeal for the 2024 Subaru Impreza’s RS trim. (Subaru)
2024 Subaru Impreza loses a little, gains a lot

The brand’s compact car is fully redesigned. A couple of things are gone, but many more have arrived.

A clump of flowering ornamental grass or pennisetum alopecuroides in an autumn garden.
My garden runneth over with fountain grasses, and for good reason

These late-blooming perennials come in many varieties. They work well as accents, groundcovers, edgings or in containers.

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay walks into the Prohibition Grille along Hewitt Avenue in Everett Wednesday Dec. 5, 2012 while reportedly filming an episode of Kitchen Nightmares at the Everett restaurant. (Mark Mulligan / The Herald)
Even more films and TV shows filmed in Snohomish County

Readers point out projects previously missed in this series, from reality television to low-budget indie films.

Daniella Beccaria / for The Herald

15-month-old Kantu attempts to climb a pumpkin at Stocker Farms in Snohomish on Sunday, September 20th, 2015. Stocker Farms offers a U-pick patch, farm animals and a corn maze.
Best pumpkin patch in Snohomish County

You voted, we tallied, here are the results.

A woman diverts from her walk on Colby Avenue to take a closer look at a pickup truck that was partly crushed by a fallen tree during an overnight wind storm Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, in north Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / Herald file)
Storm season is coming. Here’s how to prepare for power outages.

The most important action you can take is to make an emergency preparedness kit.

Do you prefer green or red grapes? This antique Moser pitcher is decorated with enameled grapevines on shaded red-to-green glass.
Grapevine pitcher was made by renowned Bohemian company

Also, queries about grandmother’s coffee set and late husband’s Beatles records and memorabilia collection.

The city of Mukilteo is having a naming contest for its new $75,000 RC Mowers R-52, a remote-operated robotic mower. (Submitted photo)
Mukilteo muncher: Name the $75,000 robot mower

The city is having a naming contest for its new sod-slaying, hedge-hogging, forest-clumping, Mr-mow-it-all.

Death of parent with child. Piece of paper with parents and children is torn in half.
Helping children cope with the hard realities of divorce

I’s important to set aside one’s feelings and find a way to make this challenging transition as comfortable for children as you can.

In Belgium, each type of beer has its own glass – whether wide, tall, or fluted – to show off its distinct qualities.
Rick Steves’ Europe: Bruges brews lift a weary traveler’s spirits

The Belgian city is a mecca for beer lovers from around the world.

Most Read