How honeysuckle is the new black


According to Pantone, the color of the year for 2011 is Honeysuckle.

We’ve all heard the expression about how the “color of the moment” is the new black.  Did you ever wonder how this is decided?  Who decides it and what is the reason for the selection?  In this blogpost, I’m going to tell you how it happens and why it matters.

It begins at the D & D Building (Decorator and Design), in New York City on 58th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, The D & D Building is home to over 120 showrooms and 3,000 manufacturers who represent the very best in residential design.

People compete for valuable window display space here.  It is through this showcasing of the very best from the very best that the very best colors of the year rise to the top of design trends and lists.

For interior and residential designers, this matters  because it helps us create the impression we want for the rooms we design.  For example, we look to warmer colors to make the walls of a room come to life.  Lighter colors make you notice the trim and sharper colors the accents.

This applies to walls, fabrics, surfaces, fixtures, furniture, lamps and other objects.  So you can see why we need to stay on top of trends and the hot, new colors.

Even though 2011 has just begun, the competition for 2012 is already starting to heat up?  Last week, I was at a seminar at Ring’s End in Fairfield County CT and Benjamin Moore talked about some of their new colors.  What were some of their picks.  Twilight Magenta.  Mysterious Charcoal.  And Purple Lotus.  Take a look below.

Any guesses on which one will be the new black next year?

I’ve spent a lot of time at the D & D building.  If you’d ever like to hear thoughts on colors that work for a particular room and why, I’ll always have a few ideas.

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