Friday, January 21, 2011


Last year's Pantone color of the year was turquoise because of its calming effect (much-needed after a tumultuous 2009). This year, they're forecasting a way more vibrant color: Honeysuckle! According to Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, “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." - courtesy of shine

Here are some ideas of applying honeysuckle in various styles like contemporary, country, and bohemian....

The floral bedspread joins with the cushion cover on the chair to add subtle pattern to the scheme. The floral and toile de Jouy designs are traditional in style yet not too fussy, so they add just a hint of country charm.

The rough wooden finish of the huge wardrobe and the bedhead gives the room a natural, rustic feel. The rattan laundry basket, which doubles as a casual bedside table is also in tune with this mood.

Flashes of hot honeysuckle vines lift the look onto a slightly more exotic plane, adding color without overwhelming the overall air of contemporary cool.

This contemporary room shows how shades of one colour used together can create a successful scheme. The honeysuckle tone on the wall creates a bright but warm feel, while the darker tone stripes  add depth and further colour interest to the scheme.

This strong colour is used all over the walls to make the large room feel warm and cozy. Honeysuckle curtains and white bedlinen provide a touch of light relief. 

The pales blush of honeysuckle creates a light and pretty contemporary bedroom. Pale honeysuckle paint on both walls and floorboards gives a spacious feel making the large room feel especially bright and airy. A lively mint green highlights the window fraes, drawing attention to the attractive bay while offsetting the sugary quality of the honeysuckle. The vibrancy of exotic honeysuckle bedlinen defines the bed as the focal pint of the room.

Pretty honeysuckle and rose prints add a tender touch. The honeysuckle on the walls gives a warm, mid tone background that shows off to advantage the white storage furniture and bedlinen. 

The comfy furnishings that form the centerpiece of this snuggly scheme comprise a selection of different knits as well as soft fleecy fabrics. 

Dashes of hot honeysuckle counteract the iciness of the pale blue walls and the white woodwork, ceiling and duvet cover. They create a striking focal point in this welcoming contemporaray scheme.

pictures courtesy of 101 Bedroom, Stylish Room Solutions by Good Homes magazine BBC

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