Guest Blog: Honeysuckle? Really, Pantone?

While I am working on the next issue of Joie (due to come out February 1st),  I am going to be having some guest bloggers help me out with posting on Indie Fixx. Periodic guest poster, Diahn Ott, is filling in today. Indie Artist Fixx will return next Wednesday.

by guest contributor Diahn Ott

You know, when I first heard Pantone’s color announcement for 2010, I was completely on board. This was a color I could get behind – Turquoise! I even wrote a little tribute to it here on Indie Fixx, singing it’s glorious sea-like blueness. So this year, when I heard the news that Pantone had announced its color for 2011, I rushed over to see what it was and I found…

Honeysuckle. Pink. Honeysuckle Pink.

This is the color that is going to grace my home in fabulous accessories and set the direction for my fashion choices this year? Really?  It will go great with all the Legos and Hot Wheels.

Honestly –  I was having such a hard time with it…imagining it on my walls or in my closet… that I had almost decided to declare 2011 the year of no color. But then, I checked my prejudice against this bubble gum hue and decided to see what I could find that would embrace Honeysuckle, and not drive me and my male-oriented household insane. I took a virtual trip to the Etsy storefront and, to my surprise and delight, found a few goodies that aren’t only acceptable, they’re downright gorgeous!

Here’s a look…

Honeysuckle Pink pantone color of the year

  1. buckscountysframes
  2. KarlaWheelerDesign
  3. Vitrine
  4. feltjar
  5. Raceytay
  6. Fishstikks

The moral of the story is…don’t be a hater. Maybe you won’t paint a wall in your kitchen this color, but a little splash of it here and there may be just what you need to add a little spark into your decor

About the contributor: Diahn Ott is a self-taught artist and photographer whose work combines the organic lines of nature with the hard edges of modern typography and design. She works out of her home studio in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she also writes about minutia, homeschools her two sons, Derek and Joshua, watches silly movies with her husband, Ron and wrangles her three misfit dogs, Chico, Raikki and Jasper.

7 comments

  1. honeysuckle does have a blush to it, although nothing like the pink pantone chose. I would describe honeysuckle as a creamy yellow with a tiny little pink blush. at least that’s what it looks like around where i live.

  2. I object less to the color than the name. Has Pantone never seen real honeysuckle? When I heard honeysuckle I was prepared for a gorgeous, creamy salmon/orange. Now that would have been an interesting color.

  3. I’m not huge on wearing color, but I can see myself adding pops of this here & there with accessories.

    Though I admit that I MUCH prefer turquoise 😉

  4. Ashley – I haven’t given up on turquoise either…I’ve just painted my bedroom a muted shade of it…I’m going to have it around me for a long time!

  5. Diahn, I completely agree! I could not believe that the people at Pantone truly decided that we need to surround ourselves in hot pink this year. Hot pink??? Last week, however, I did the exact thing that you did and went to Etsy to see what I could find that I actually LIKE in this shade, and was also surprised to find many accent pieces that I can live with- I wrote about it here:

    http://whimzeerealm.wordpress.com/2011/01/07/color-of-the-year/

    I’ll admit that I’m not quite ready to give up my turquoise yet….

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