Honeysuckle – Pantone’s Colour of 2011


Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.
While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.
“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,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”
Eiseman continues, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”

So what to wear it with?  If this is your kind of pink (and there will be lots of versions in the shops, there always are, try teaming it with analogous colours like a soft orange, cool red, darker pinks and burgundies, alternatively go for a purple or cobalt blue or wear the complementary green.

Neutrals such as navy, stone, taupe, grey, rose beige and rose brown will all look stunning with it.

Is this a colour you think you’ll wear?  How will you add it to your wardrobe this year?


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  • I've read a lot of comments around blogs etc about this colour. Maybe I'm just paying attention for a change, but it seems to be getting a lot of flack. For its name, and the colour itself. I love this colour! I think its gorgeous and fun and I wish I had more items in this colour. Thanks for the demo on what goes with it, will keep this in mind. Might be up for a spot of creating and shopping this weekend.

  • The colour as posted is a tad too warm-toned for my extremely cool colouring, but I'll certainly wear it in any bluer toned versions. Deep pink is one of my favourite colours to wear, and I love to team it with navy or charcoal or (my favourite) dark violet shades

  • Like Lynne, I would find this colour too warm, so I won't wear it in block form, but I'm looking forward to using it as an accent colour in accessories – or maybe I'll be lucky and find it in a green and honeysuckle print- I love it with green!

  • I can wear darker, more saturated versions of this color, but not lighter tones. I had a shirt the color of that flutter top and it was a surprisingly bad color on me.

  • Too girly… not a fan of this bright pink iteration. But I will wear coral, watermelon, papaya shades — basically more reddish or orangy versions.

  • Very fleshy, sensual positive color. I am a faded by the years strawberry blond. I will wear this color the way I wear oranges, light reds or strong yellows: as an accent, using a neutral beige or light brown "color bridge", and then a touch of these, in a scarf, in jewelery, a tee shirt underneat, gloves. I am constantly searching for patterns with these qualities: no white, neutrals and then a very little touch of orange or coral or red. Rare and delicious!

  • Gosh, it's not like me to be fashion-forward in any way, but I've been wearing a scarf very close to this colour during the less horribly hot weeks of summer.

  • This is one of my absolute favorite colors and will wear it this spring with taupe, navy, rose brown or grey. I tend to buy in fav colors each years so hopefully I have some of this stored away – as I'm currently doing Jill Chivers "My Year Without Clothes Shopping". I'll go shop my closet this weekend. Thanks for your awesome, awesome blog.
    Mary Ellen

  • This is not a color I want to go overboard with (I'm not into pink like some), but it is a beautiful shade that I plan to wear with navy, taupe, grey or brown in the Soft Summer color palette I purchased from Lora Alexander (Pretty My World). I have a Liz Claiborne printed top and coordinating solid cardigan in what is called "Lush Rose." I believe it's the version of honeysuckle that will work best with my coloring.

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