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Home Decor Color Trends 2011

2011 Color Trends

Benjamin Moore Sees a Purple Reign in 2011 Color Forecast

From deep smoky wine to wildly pumped up fuchsia, purple promises to be a predominant color in home decor in 2011. So say the color experts at Benjamin Moore.

"One purple to watch for in 2011 is Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Wine 2116-20," said Sonu Mathew, ASID, the company's senior interior designer. It is an anchoring and rich hue with a deep brown base and a hint of smoky violet. Vintage Wine is the perfect foil for the latest wood finishes, leathers, linens and other textiles."

But, for anyone who wants purple with a little more punch, Mathew says, Royal Flush 2076-20 is a sure bet for 2011. This berry-kissed Benjamin Moore color can be grounded when combined with neutrals or fashionable grays, yet swings to the exotic when teamed with other brights.

Mathew also noted there’s a range of pale yet power-statement colors headed our way in 2011. A standout among this group is Benjamin Moore’s Smoke 2122-40. "It is a subtle blue gray that is best described as an update of spa blue with an injection of sophisticated and seasoned gray."

According to Mathew, a quest for balance is what’s driving our choices in life, and, thus, is the overarching trend that is influencing the 2011 palette.

Cues and Clues for 2011 Colors

In arriving at its 2011 color palette forecast, the Benjamin Moore color team first tracked recent cultural, social, and even political conditions and how they are impacting fashion and design trends. Emerging from this analysis were the central Balance theme plus three distinct offshoot style movements - Soulful, Spirited and Dreamy. These were then defined by the following Benjamin Moore colors.

A global balance is being achieved as communications technology shrinks the oceans and miles between us, and as what once was foreign blurs into familiar. On the style front, this is visible in "ethnic glam" designs, pattern-on-pattern, map motifs and hand-worked decoration such as beading and embroidery. Colors being called out to interpret this not only include Benjamin Moore’s Vintage Wine, but also Wasabi AF-430, Amulet AF-365, Casco Bay 2051-30, Hush AF-95, and Etruscan AF-355.

The antidote to stress is anything that makes you feel happy, joyful, playful. Striking that emotional balance can be a challenge. In fashion and furnishings it’s reflected in spirited designs featuring geometrics, stripes and cubes, dots and curlicues, studded or stitched outlines of shapes and silhouettes. Riotous colors are juxtaposed with lots of gray, black and white. Colors comprising this palette are the aforementioned Royal Flush, as well as Grape Green 2027-40, Wrought Iron 2124-10, Paper Mache AF-25, Storm AF-700, and Lucerne AF-530.

Reality can be harsh and is best countered by a dreamy odyssey where wishes are nurtured. Translated into a design perspective, that means transparent and sheer materials, blurred decorative details and softened textures. As for the color palette, imagine Benjamin Moore hues that are pale, frosted and opalescent, such as Gray Mirage 2142-50, Genesis White 2134-70, Porcelain 2113-60, Etiquette AF-50, Kendall Charcoal HC-166 and the previously cited Smoke.

Pantone Color of the Year for 2011

PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle

Pantone Color of the Year 2011

Energizing Honeysuckle Lifts Spirits and Imparts Confidence to Meet Life's Ongoing Challenges:
Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company, and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, announced PANTONE® 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a vibrant, energetic hue, as the color of the year for 2011.

While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life.

“In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going - perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

Eiseman continues, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”

Honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It's a striking, eye-catching hue that works well for day and night in women's apparel, accessories and cosmetics, and in men's ties, shirts and sportswear. Add a lively flair to interior spaces with Honeysuckle patterned pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Honeysuckle for a dynamic burst of energy in the family room, kitchen or hallway.

Pantone Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle always works with the standard basics of black, navy, charcoal or light to mid gray. But using complementary bronze greens like Willow PANTONE 16-0632 and/or Tapenade PANTONE 18-0840 adds a new sophistication to the combination that showcases the energy of Honeysuckle. The green tones can be really interesting in accessories for Honeysuckle tights and top. Another great and unique combination is Honeysuckle with a pinkish brown like Apricot Brandy PANTONE 17-1540. Think of a warm cashmere turtleneck in Apricot Brandy with a matching skirt and shoes to blend and flatter the legs. A Honeysuckle cashmere scarf and belt create a luscious combination. And to blend all the colors, try a big and bold patterned bag with every color mentioned above.

Home Interiors
Honeysuckle is upbeat and dynamic when used on large areas like the entry area of a house or an apartment. It is an appetite and conversation stimulant when used on the dining room walls. In the kitchen, it adds a fun touch on the table in placemats and other linens (patterned or solid), colored glassware, candles and small appliances. Honeysuckle is a great color to cover up shabby kitchen cabinets, or, if that’s too much of a color statement for you, try repainting knobs and drawer pulls. But be warned - once you try this arresting shade, it can become addictive.

Honeysuckle is an excellent packaging color for products that speak to something active or festive, or are suggestive of sweet tastes and scents. It’s an especially good shade for delicious food or drink packaging. The name Honeysuckle is evocative of these perceptions. The closest match to Honeysuckle PANTONE 18-2120 TPX in the PANTONE PLUS SERIES is 205 U, p. 45 (choose uncoated - coated is much more vibrant). One of the best combinations for Honeysuckle in the PLUS SERIES in the context of deliciousness is a grape shade 2573, p.76. Grape should be used in lesser amounts than Honeysuckle with the smallest component in a rich chocolate shade like 483, p.32.

Pantone LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated. © Pantone LLC, 2010. All rights reserved.

Benjamin Moore 2011 Color Pulse

Economic and world crises have centered us on home and hearth, the overall theme is balance while the color story reads organic.

The Farm: Back to basics, locally grown, close to home and down to the earth. The Farm includes natural neutrals suggesting hay, milk, and bark in tones such as Paper Mache, Marble White, Frappe, and Amulet. Whites and yellows are milky and buttery. Earthy browns and greens include Layered Brownie, Aged Bronze, Sierra Spruce, Grassy Fields, and Oat Straw. Hay and terra cotta mix with aubergine, pumpkin, and tomato.

Order: From chaos comes a desire for order. Bold and basic. Black, white and gray balance strong primary hues. Blue, yellow, red, green. Pink paired with gray.

Escape: Mirroring the journey of dreaming, fairytale dreams filled with optimism and hope. Pearlescent and shimmery finishes applied to pastels paired with a gauzy, veiled color. Soft and dreamy, translucent and feminine. Colors include Angelica, Pearlescent White,Tulle, Charmeuse, Icy Mist, Lavender Secret, Bunny Nose, Pink and Rose Lace.

Tribe: Thanks to advancements in technology and communications, the world has become a global village. What was once foreign is now familiar. "The human body becomes a design element, highlighting the importance of caring for others," the Color Pulse states. Respect for animals is reflected by the need to preserve and protect. Ritual symbols and primitive design are translations of tribal ways, as we rebuild cultures and respect nature's precious creatures. Global ethnic influences become localized." Colors include Galaxy, Flame, Sierra Spruce, Juniper, Rosy Blush, Dark Burgundy, Sun Valley, Butterscotch, and Brazilian Blue. Bronze "warms the cultural landscape to commune with the vibrancy of layered and rich hues."

PANTONEVIEW home + interiors 2011

Cottage Industry
Inventiveness is key when taking a tried and true theme and marrying it with modern day sensibilities. Quiet pastels like light blue, pink and golden yellow, along with a group of tasty neutrals, are integrated into an easy compatibility. The color grouping is rooted by earthy brick red as well as the added stability of a solid rock gray.
shley Blue, Golden Haze, Lettuce Green, Lilac Sachet, Praline, Taffy, Rosewood,Dapple Gray Lunar Rock, Winter White.

Simply Stated
Simplicity and comfort meet urban rustic. A melding of supple and firm surfaces are casually constructed with a sense of understated style. Colors are easy on the eye yet not without surprise in the blend of dusty rose, avocado, antique moss, periwinkle blue, warm taupe and angora white.
+Dusty Rose, Antique Moss, Avocado, Deep Periwinkle, Sepia, Moon Mist, Vapor Blue, Incense, Angora.

Style and Substance
Elegance and sophistication are two words often used to define style and in this particular palette, titled Style and Substance, there is a blend of colors that succinctly gets that message across. Jet black and metallics of gold and silver are juxtaposed against subtle blue and frosted gray, while two substantive purples are flavored by the addition of a wine-ish brown, aptly named Chocolate Truffle.
+Phantom, Silver, Frost Gray, Stonewash, Pale Gold, Veronica, Hollyhock, Chocolate Truffle.

Clarity illustrates a very clean approach to design and color. Uncomplicated, straightforward, with no extraneous details, it is the essence of purity. This well-defined palette shows a clear definition of striking contrast between the ‘Zen’ of cool blues and greens, the pristine presence of pure white, sparked by the opposite contrast of a mystical mauve, violet and Tibetan red.
+Herbal Garden, Wild Lime, Brook Green, Dahlia Mauve, Wood Violet, Tibetan Red, Monument, Bright White.

A compilation of varying cultures from all over the globe, Fragments picks up pieces of diverse places and weaves them into an integrated whole. Kilms and carpets, found fabrics, ornamental beads and even discarded bottle caps destined for landfill, are cleverly joined together to form an eclectically colored patchwork of amber, grenadine red, hot pink and baked clay, citron, grape, cadmium green and bright gold.
+Grenadine, Amberglow, Strawberry Pink, Cadmium Green, Dark Citron, Bright Gold, Baked Clay, Concord Grape.

Classics never go out of style – they are the archetypes of design and color that are seemingly ageless. While they often reflect an historical time period, standard classics will look “au courant” when updated or reinvented through styling, pattern and texture. And just as fashion repeatedly illustrates, basics such as black, brown, beige, gray and taupe can also be redefined in the home by introducing colorful accents through the pulsating rhythm of a bossa nova red.
+Bossa Nova, Taos Taupe, Charcoal Gray, Black Coffee, Breen, Tan, Silver Gray,Champagne Beige.

Focal Points
Converging colors create a pathway that invariably leads the eye to a given spot. When the hues are both bold and uniquely combined, the effect is even more intense. Focal Points is a palette of the warm advancing shades of muskmelon, clay and burnt coral ultimately introduced to the drama of aurora red, purples and wine, making for theatrical, intriguing color combinations.
+Cordovan, Dahlia, Honeysuckle, Rosebloom, Aurora Red, Muskmelon, Burnt Coral, Clay.

Mixed Media
Just as the name implies, Mixed Media brings together examples of various fabrications and colors. It is a diverse group of skillfully rendered surface treatments that are headlined by the light reflective properties of many of the materials. Contrast is provided by complex patterning and the subtle use of deep teal, as well as aqua, ermine, ochre and berry, deftly highlighted by the metallic glimmer of rich gold, copper and frosted almond.
+Rich Gold, Frosted Almond, Copper, Aqua, Everglade, Ermine, Ochre, Heather Rose, Berry Conserve.

Wit and Whimsy
This fanciful palette invites us to put on a happy face. It is as tempting as a dish of jellybeans – you can’t stop with just one. An energized yellow-green plays against a not-too-pretentious pink, while carrot and coral call out to be cooled down by ultramarine and clematis blue. Bright yellow and bachelor button form a playful duo and all is sweetened by a smattering of brown sugar.
+Bright Chartreuse, Empire Yellow, Sea Pink, Deep Sea Coral, Carrot, Brown Sugar, Ultramarine,Clematis Blue, Bachelor Button.

--All colors referenced above are included in the PANTONE FASHION + HOME color system, a component of the PANTONE Textile Color System®. Consult current PANTONE Color Publications for accurate color. PANTONE® and other Pantone, Inc. trademarks are the property of Pantone, Inc. © Pantone, Inc., 2009. All rights reserved.


“The 2011 color forecast contains some extraordinarily versatile and contrasting hues that have been inspired by everyday life,” says Donna Schroeder, Dutch Boy Paints, color marketing and design manager.  “The depth and range of what we’re predicting to be next year’s most popular colors provides extensive options for adding accents to a room, changing themes and styles, or even completely redecorating from scratch.”

The five 2011 trend palettes are as follows:

The appreciation of old and naturally rusted or decayed items is prevalent in Dutch Boy’s first palette. The passage of time is held sacred, and beauty is seen in all things weathered from time and the elements. There is a strong influence of holding onto heritage as we continue to move forward and look to the future. A true appreciation of craftsmanship and natural materials and finishes abounds. As such, rusty colors that emanate deep warmth are featured. These  include: Brick Fleck, Bittersweet Orange, Nature’s Way and Journey’s End.

Sustainability and the respect for the environment are now a lifestyle. There’s a sense of personal responsibility when it comes to nature. This is reflected in these saturated and wholesome colors. Rich greens are nature inspired and warm golds mirror the vegetables found in a farmer’s market. Colors in this palette include the following: Aubusson Vine, Endless Ocean, Brilliant Impression and Medieval Cloverleaf.

Escapism and nature-in-the-extreme drive the next trend. There’s a definite need for fun and fantasy to satisfy that inner child that’s in all of us. This trend comes to life with colors such as bright fuchsia, deep blue and cheery aqua, all balanced by a nature-inspired green. You’ll find a hint of 80s influence here, but the combinations are much newer to the eye. Colors include: Moonlit Sky, Rockets, Merlot Grape and Repurposed. 

On the flip side, there are those who embrace a truly practical way of living and look into the depths and layers of nature. Within this trend, texture is key and colors are soft and faded. Windswept and washed effects and monochromatic layering set this palette. Colors include: Boardwalk Blue, Composed Bloom, Spruce Hollow and Range Brown.
Finally, the last 2011 trend revolves around technology. Here, technology influences a stripped-to-the-bone or cellular level of design. The palette reflects a void element, as we move into the future and become ever more reliant on online and virtual communication. Colors are neutral and gray and include the following Dutch Boy hues:  Gargoyle Shadow, Fresh Linen, Pursuit of Happiness, Alabaster Frame.

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