Color of the Year 2011: Honeysuckle Pink

Honeysuckle color

As every year, Pantone Inc. released its trendsetter Color fashion report and suddenly the year just got brighter. The new crowned color, honeysuckle pink, appeared on the fashion scene like a shining star on a dark sky, ready to take its rightful place in the hall of fame and to cast its optimism everywhere.

From dresses to furniture and from paint to business cards, this pink hue took over the world, adding a touch of freshness and joy… And from what we hear, this year, honeysuckle will fill both our hearts and homes.

As a cocktail of hot pink with a soft shade of red and a warming orange touch, honeysuckle has everything to impress and excite you, offering a joyful and refreshing look. And what’s really intriguing and appealing about it, is the subtle retro aspect that will most certainly grant it a time-lasting appearance.


The first to get excited and fall in the arms of the new reigning color are fashion designers… As the trendsetter on the color kingdom, Pantone brings on the spotlights the new shade (with a matching resounding name to go with it – honeysuckle), there comes the beginning of a new season: designers start to amaze us with outstanding silk waves and daring cuts blossoming on the runway and taking our breath away.

And as the new “it” color starts to wow everyone, we will find ourselves trapped in this honeysuckle frenzy, ingenuously dreaming of pink magic veiling the spring air… and we will want nothing else.

(Glamorous honeysuckle fantasy on runway – in Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore and Emporio Armani fashion shows)

To prove even more that everyone is taking the trend seriously, from powder to lipstick, there’s a universal explosion of soft and silky honeysuckle pink makeup tones, adding a fresh and optimistic touch to our look all day long, to wear it everywhere as a fashion statement.

(A fashionable and soft touch of the new honeysuckle magic from Bloom)

Interior Design

In interior design, the honeysuckle color is a shape-shifter: it can be relaxing and dynamic, romantic and hot… practically everything your heart desires it to be. From hot pink to softer shades, every home and decorating piece with honeysuckle details will catch your eye, inviting you to buy and enjoy it.

We found some really imaginative and appealing interior designs on that will most certainly offer you some inspiration on ways to revive your home’s look on the rules of the new fashion trend. Can you resist the temptation?

(Examples of modern and  fabulous honeysuckle interior design from )

(Refreshing  honeysuckle accents in interior designs from Grant K. Gibson)

Print Design

Still looking at pink shades with skepticism when it comes to your business? Don’t. We gathered some chic honeysuckle examples to prove that this daring color brightens everything, adding an exquisite distinctive touch, from business cards to special events printing materials.

The name is evocative for romantic scenes and sweet perceptions, making it remarkably suiting for wedding invitations, letters and other loving messages, but it can also keep a classic look without making your prints look too girly and unprofessional. (A few inspired and eye-catching examples of invitations – Jeremy & Kathleen, Sarah Biz, and business cards – with honeysuckle accents)

In the end…

Forget about the ordinary misconceptions on pink, because when it comes to the new honeysuckle pink, there’s nothing ordinary about it. It may not be love at first sight, but in time it will surely win your heart… just in time for a new superstar color to take its place. But let not get ahead of ourselves.

Now let the new honeysuckle frenzy carry you away, and start fantasying about meaningful variations and shades of pink.

Are you going to embrace the new trend? If you want to share your opinion on this matter, please leave a comment and we will be happy to hear all about it.