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2011s vibrant Color of the Year chases away the blues.


Unless you’re a designer, the name Pantone may mean little to you. Known as the design world’s authority on color, Pantone Color Institute’s hue gurus annually forecast the
colors consumers can expect to see coming down the runways and in their nearest home stores.

This year’s chosen “it” shade is honeysuckle, a dynamic reddish pink that will be seen
coloring everything from cosmetics to handbags to home décor this spring. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute says in a press release announcing the color. Those looking to bring verve to a small den or dark basement will ?nd an instant design solution with a coat of honeysuckle paint applied to a focus wall—nearly every paint brand has some incarnation of the shade.

The trend-conscious will recall last year’s Color of the Year, turquoise, and the serenity forecasters claimed the beachy, escapist color brought just in time to soothe those weary from the economic crisis. With renewed hope and a collective sense of vigor—and with consumers increasingly con? dent in spending money again—energetic, optimistic honeysuckle as 2011’s chosen hue makes perfect sense.


1324_509.jpgEcuador Wallpaper by Thibaut, Edwin Pepper Interiors, 314.862.6330.

1325_509.jpgGraphic Image Heart Lock Journal, $100, Saks Fifth Avenue, 314.567.9200

1326_509.jpgChickens Dessert Plate by Marla Dawn, $42, UMA, 314.241.9990

1327_509.jpgGraphic Image Heart Lock Journal, $100, Saks Fifth Avenue, 314.567.9200

1328_509.jpgBodum 11149 Bistro Juicer, $99.99, Macy•À_s, 314.726.1810

1329_509.jpg“Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake•À_ poster, prices vary, etsy.com

1330_509.jpgBobble Filtered Water Bottle, $10, Von Maur, 636.561.7040


Photo credit: Photos courtesy of the retail stores and manufacturers

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