You’ve Had Two Months Now! Have You Used It?

Last Updated on December 28, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

It’s now been just over two months since the announcement of Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year: Honeysuckle.

So have you used it yet? Are you waiting for spring and summer? Will you use it then?

What’s interesting is that last year’s Pantone Color of the Year was turquoise. I was so ahead of the times!! I already had my kitchen cabinets painted a shade of turquoise!

And at the time, the colors I had planned on using in my little kitchen/breakfast area/living room were these:

Am I a trendsetter, or what?! 😀

But when it came down to it, that pinky red just didn’t do it for me. Here’s what it ended up looking like on the pet station…

Does that even look pinkish-red to you? No, not to me either. It just looks red. Perhaps if it had been closer to the pinkish-red that I had envisioned, I might have stuck with that color as an accent color. But I quickly lost interest, and decided I’d rather have orange.

But I do love a pretty pinkish-red!  Perhaps I’ll try bring that color into my office, if I ever get to my office!!  But in the meantime, I can look at pictures of my all-time favorite honeysuckle and creamy white room, designed by Pineapple House Interior Design.  They were clearly ahead of the curve also!  I don’t know how long ago this room was designed, but it seems like I’ve had it saved in my “inspiration file” for at least two years now…maybe three or longer.  What originally caught my eye were the draperies. They’re stunning!!  I love how that pink barely peeks out from the pleats.

Oh yeah…if I were a single woman, my home would look something like that. Well, probably a cross between that and this room designed by Sarah Richardson…another of my all-time favorite rooms.

So, that leads me back to my questions:  When these “color of the year” announcements are made, do you look for ways to incorporate the color into your home or wardrobe?  Or is it something you really couldn’t care less about?  And if you have already used this Honeysuckle color in your home (or plan to once spring arrives), I’d love to know how!  Small doses?  An entire room?

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    February 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I'm brand new to this "color of the year" thing, and although I love honeysuckle, I'm pretty sure my husband would veto it in our house. LOL He's tolerating my Valentine decorations for now, but on February 15, I think all pinkish red will be taken down.

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    PJ | Home and Garden Decor
    February 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Kristi, I haven't used it and I know I won't.
    It wouldn't fit with our furnishings and our decorating style. Besides of that, I know my hubby would vote against it, same as Christy's hubby does.

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    Kim-A Creative Spirit
    February 11, 2011 at 12:32 am

    sooooo funny as I just did a post about the color of the year yesterday to be posted tomorrow. OMG. Mine def isn't as creative as yours but in answer to your question. The pink and turqoise are 2 of my fave colors and since I have a pale turquoise / aqua room I think throwing in the Honeysuckle would be a hoot.

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    February 11, 2011 at 1:35 am

    I love the cats! too cute. I love your color choices.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Carla Adler
    February 11, 2011 at 10:56 am

    This is absolutely wonderful.

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    Double Glazing
    February 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Nice interior. I love it. I'm so impressed with your work. Thanks for posting this article. I got many ideas in remodeling my house. Keep blogging!

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    February 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    What are you talking about, I LOVE the red pet station, and against the yellow walls, I like it. 🙂

    Although I can totally see how you LOVE that pink room, wow, even for me who doesn't exactly like pink, I'm seriously digging that room….

    Bella 🙂

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    February 11, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I was all about the 2010 color Turquoise, but I am just not feeling the Honeysuckle this year. I feel I just got rid of all my pink in my wardrobe. I guess I am just more of a blue person than pink…except for my daughters room, where we already have a Honeysuckle chair.

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    February 11, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    That honeysuckle color is pretty but I think it would be hard to be okay with a room that cheery all day long. I just found your blog and it looks lovely!


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    February 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

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    toronto bathroom renovations
    February 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Superb interior. Fantastic presentation. Lovely collection.

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    Tiffany Maxfield
    April 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I gave the color of the year a try and love it! http://revivaldecor.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-have-to-admit-i-have-always-been-kind.html
    Thanks so much for all your great ideas. I love browsing your blog, always something new and exciting. I am going to tackle an upholstered headboard for this room using your step by step instructions. Thanks again

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    April 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Tiffany, for some reason I can't get your blog to open! It only shows your background pattern and your blog header, and that's it. I tried refreshing several times, and even tried to go the main page. 🙁