Pale blues, greens, greys whites, earthy and subtle tones - the hues traditionally associated with spring seem to be getting fast replaced by a lovely honeysuckle shade. The decor experts have predicted the bright and vibrant reddish-pink, honeysuckle as the dominating colour of year 2011. The colour has been named the 2011 Colour of the Year by Pantone, a leading authority on colour that provides colour standards used in most design industries, and most international brands are stocking their spring-summer store collections with products in this colour. “It’s not quite as hot as a hot pink,” says Leatrice Eiseman, colour specialist and executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “It has slight corally undertones, which gives it warmth.”
Yellow or pink?
The colour draws its name from a flower. The wild Japanese honeysuckles have yellow and white shades, but preferred garden varieties have coral-pink hues. Interior designer Punam Kalra of I’m Centre of Applied arts says, “The honeysuckle plant in my home is white in colour and according to me ivory white is a trend that won’t go away. As far as the pink honeysuckle is concerned it can be used very well in bright Indian summers and should not be labelled as girly. It’s a colour that even men can relate to when used correctly.”
“Highlight a single wall of your sitting area in the colour for impact,” says Nupur Gupta of Alchemy. She adds, “An entire sofa set in honeysuckle will look jarring. Instead, have a couple of cushions, vases and a focal chair.” This colour gels well with purple, burgundy, steel grey and aquamarine. Camellia Satija of RioGrande says, “Paint a wall in a contrasting colour and hang a pink photo frame on that wall.”
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How to get the right effect with the hue
Chicago-based designer Designer Alessandra Branca says she's been using coral-pinks similar to honeysuckle for years. "It's a great way to do a room that will survive the ages," she says. "It's chic, it has depth, it's not shocking. In high-gloss, it's fantastic; in lacquer, it's amazing. It has all the qualities you look for in a colour that's not white." Branca chose a coral-pink for the sitting room, featured in her book "New Classic Interiors," because she wanted it to feel fresh and exciting.
Pair it up
This shade of pink shines with dark gray, chocolate brown and Wedgwood blue; It also pairs well with taupe, off-white and green.
Satija says, “Colours should not be stereotyped by calling honeysuckle girly. And nowadays, men are wearing bright pink shirts as well that look great. Pink is a metrosexual colour."
A touch of pink
If you like the colour but can't commit to pink walls, try a more subtle approach in your space. Add pink pillows, a lamp, a small table or a patterned area rug. If you're ready to go bold, start painting. "It works in contemporary and traditional settings," says Branca. "It would look beautiful in a dining room with white trim and dark wood."
(Aroma Sah With inputs from the Washington Post)