New year, new life, new style! At the end of each year those of us concerned with style and colors are always curious to know about new directions to take for the coming year, whether it would be for a remaking of a space, a remodeling of a house, or presenting a personal image. It is a genuine need we have to feel and look good first and to please others second.
The first decade of this millennium has been characterized by bluish colors, from indigo to plum, in all the tints and tones. We are leaving the blues to dive into the pinkish, in fact Pantone has declared Honeysuckle the color of the coming 2011. Honeysuckle is a hot and vibrant color, but many, I am one of them, might not feel too hot in this color. This color is considered an “escape from reality” and a boost to our self-esteem in facing everyday problems and life challenges. This is all good, if a simple slap of honeysuckle color on the walls really helps people keeping their sanity!!!!
We all know that in time of stress every little cheerful thing helps. During the depression the colorful glasses were invented and the pink glass was the color most in demand then. The Federal glass today are highly collectible and valuable.
As you can see from my palette here up above, honeysuckle can be combined with many hot colors to emphasize the energy, or with dark colors to calm it down. The best way is to use it sparingly, as an accent.
In decorating a room, honeysuckle will help the decor come alive without overpowering the rest of the décor, but only if it is used on one wall (Photo from: Oprah) or when used in a bunch of pillows and nothing else, or even when used on draperies alone.
Honeysuckle emanates a great energy around food areas, such as kitchen, dining and family rooms. It has been said it is a powerful color to increase appetite and feed conversation, just like the red and orange colors. To add a rhythm to a white kitchen, it is a good idea to paint and accentuate some cabinets in honeysuckle. In the same color, paint wood door knobs/handles and attach them to the white cabinets, then attach Federal pink glass knobs to the honeysuckle cabinets. Now that’s rhythm! I just gave you a solution for an innovative make-over kitchen without spending a boat load of money.
Colorful pillows create a fresh young atmosphere in a house, a few here and there in honeysuckle color can be the base for the dominating field which communicates with some pillows in light green, beige/brown, white and even red. Use my palette of circles (above) as a guide for home and fashion.
There is a little something for everybody in honeysuckle color, even men. Hermès ties in honeysuckle with muted orange and brown stripes are a delightful sophistication, or a geometric pinkish design makes an interesting tie when worn with pearl grey pants and shirt with a plum jacket.
I am ready to fit this new 2011 color in my life. Are you ready to have a striking vibration and a new level of energy this coming year in your home or guard robe?
Ask for my help, you shall receive it. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior Designer and former Fashion Designer, working in the USA and Europe. She blends well fashion and interior in any of her design work. She loves to remodel homes and loves to turn unattractive spaces into castles. Valentina is knows as a colorist and her own life is a continuous evolvement of colorful events. Check out her books on