Bil Browning

PANTONE 2011 Color of the Year: Honeysuckle

Filed By Bil Browning | December 09, 2010 12:00 PM | comments

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Tags: color palette, PANTONE

PANTONE has announced their new color for 2011 - Honeysuckle. Now, you might ask yourself, "Self, what freakin' color is honeysuckle?" Well, I'm here to share this valuable knowledge with you. How is a proper decorating diva to design their home without staying up to date on all the latest color trends?


Now, the question becomes, "Where would you put it?" I'm thinking bathroom although I'll admit that I don't like the color and probably wouldn't use it at all. Tell us in the comments section which room of your house you'd consider using it.

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If you painted your bathroom that color, how would you find the Pepto Bismol?

It'd be the aspirin I'd be searching for.

NO! Its a no sale. I wouldn't even buy a bra that color.

It's fuschia in drag... AKA "old lady towel color." It's more abysmal than Bismol.

I tend to agree.

I love pink - really; my wardrobe will back me up on that. However, that's an overly-muted pink (does 'bismol' mean 'muted' in some dead Eastern European language?)

Honeysuckle? I've never seen pink honeysuckle before.

And no pink for me, thanks.

Wild honeysuckle (or woodbine) in the UK has flowers that are normally custard on the inside, magenta on the outside.

Ask yourself also "What colour is 'Punch Me'?". Because i found that colour on a Taubmans paint display in Sydney Australia recently and blogged about it.

They responded to the complaints saying they would change the name as soon as possible. I do not know if they have yet done so.

Reminds me of Mauve, popular in the early 90s.

My mother would inform you that that that color is mauve. I had a pair of pants that color in 1971.

The honeysuckle that appears on my 11 year old vine each spring/summer is decidedly yellow and white. While I like pink, mauve, fuschis etc etc, I just don't think there is a room in my house I would use this particular(and mis-named) colour in.

You certainly will not find this color on HGTV, or in my home!

Pantone isnt really a decorating colour company. It is a standardized color reproduction system. By standardizing the colors, different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colors match without direct contact with one another.It sets the standard for printing colour or CMYK colour. It is most commonly used so designers and production people can get the exact same shades. Each colour is given a set of numbers that describe the proportion of Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), Yellow (yellow, duh) and Black (don't ask me why it is K, something about not confusing it with blue if I remember right).
So pantone's honeysuckle may have little or nothing in common with a paint company's honeysuckle.

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