Pantone Color of the Year

“A Color for All Seasons”
Pantone announced the color for 2011 and it is……. hot pink? Honeysuckle. It is a stark contrast to last year’s color – a cool and tranquil Turquoise. Being a redhead of fair complexion, my immediate reaction is, “not so much.” Being a tomboy rarely caught in a skirt or lipstick, my secondary reaction is, “oh hell no.” If this is going to be the most prominent hue for spring, I may very well sport Woodbine, Rose Dust and  Oyster Gray colored tunics (from the Fall/Winter 2010 colors) until summer – or less dramatically, just stick to the trans-seasonal and neutral colors for the Spring 2011 season. There is a wonderful mix of exotic warm and cool colors cast along side the Honeysuckle horror that have saved the season for me.

Colors for Spring 2011
The top ten Pantone Colors for this spring, picked by New York fashion designers and announced last September, were inspired by consumer’s need to escape to intriguing and exotic lands. While I may not be so hot for the 80’s pink Honeysuckle, many of the other colors for the upcoming season are inspiring. For more than a decade, Pantone’s color of the year and season declarations have influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries including fashion, home, industrial design – and you best believe they will be showing up in web and graphic design as well. The collection  includes a wonderful marriage of warm and cool colors such as a spicy Coral Rose, a romantic Lavender, an alluring Blue Curacao, and an ethereal Silver Peony. The full Spring report is available for free download at

What are people saying about this year’s color?

“Into it… very optimistic and looks fresh with a poppy red!”

“Honeysuckle is the 2011 color of the year – it looks good on our blog, too.”

“Pantone color of the year for 2011 is the beautiful, bright and cheery! 2010’s turquoise was mehh..”

“I’m not sure how I feel about Honeysuckle being the 2011 Pantone color of the year.”

“In an ’80s flashback, Pantone picks their color of the year: mauve. Sorry–I meant: Honeysuckle”



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  2. 01/6 2011

    Loving this fun pink!


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