According to leading color guide Pantone, 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a dynamic reddish pink, will be defining the mood of 2011 given its "uplifting" qualities.
The official report was released to the media on December 9. In it, Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman says, "In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color, that gets the adrenaline going- perfect to ward off the blues."
The hue's uplifting effect is attributed to the fact that its mother color
is red, the most "physical, viscerally alive hue int he spectrum." It is
a stark contrast to last year's color fo the year- cool, serene
an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles
with verve and vigor," said Eiseman.
The color translates especially well into fashion, cosmetics, and interiors due to its ability to liven up any drab
ensemble or barren room. In particular, Pantone experts imagine the
color to work well on women's apparel and accessories, as well as on men's ties, shirts and sportswear.
Honeysuckle was not only selected as Pantone's 2011 Color of the Year, but was also
chosen as the defining hue for spring 2011. Indeed, everyone from the
upscale American label Cynthia Steffe to the Swedish "fast fashion" giant H&M has incorporated the Honeysuckle hue into their spring 2011 ready-to-wear lines.
For more than a decade, Pantone's Color of the Year declarations have
influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple
industries including fashion, home and industrial design.
Here are the trending colors from the past decade:
2001: Fuchsia Rose
2002: True Red
2003: Aqua Sky
2005: Blue Turquoise
2006: Sand Dollar
2007: Chili Pepper
2008: Blue Iris