Those who know me will have noted my lack of enthusiasm for Pantones Colour of the Year 2011 (Fashion + Home). Although I don't pay colour trends a lot of attention mostly because they have very little to do with design and everything to do with marketing it is my duty, as a designer, to be up to date with what is going on around me. And that includes fashion, architecture, film, products, politics etc. and so, you know, I got the memo.
This colour does nothing for me, I feel it's bland and mediocre, at best. It's not that I don't like pink, there are many pinks that please: luscious nude pink, ballet pump pink, fuchsia pink etc. can add a flash elegance to any room - in the right context. And so, I set myself the challenge to see whether I could find a way to love this colour, to find a context for it. I started here:
Thanks to a post by Dear Designers, I found this inspired piece on Honeysuckle by Mochatini and it began to make a little more sense. Honeysuckle and bubblegum pink? Maybe... But add Vermilion and you've got yourself a party!
How one would celebrate Honeysuckle within interiors, I wondered? I found this image from NY Times magazine and you know, I think it works. I'm not sure I would last a week in this space without repainting the door frames but that's OK, this room is lovely and interesting and really, quite unique.
Thanks to Lori Sawaya over at Colorbudz and her fantastic post on the colour Navy, I have begun to give it a little more airtime and although the pink is not the exact shade of Honeysuckle, I think, with the olive, it is the Navy in the rug that affords this space a certain dignity. So, perhaps Honeysuckle is best used as an accent?
What do you think? What was your first reaction to Honeysuckle? Is this colour prettier on the flesh than it is on the sofa? I think it is.