December 13, 2010

oh-so-happy for honeysuckle.

I'm sort of a color nerd.

One of my dream jobs, for instance--since I was about four--has been to name crayon colors. I used to come up with my own names for the crayons, convinced that Crayola wasn't getting the job done. For some reason or another, I was always particularly bothered by the in-between shades--the 'yellow-green' and the 'orange-red'... I felt sad for them, like they deserved to have special, original sort of names like the other crayons--like 'jazzberry jam' and 'mango tango' and 'screamin green'. Oh, and my other weird childhood obsession? Paint color swatches.

This is all to say that I find a strange, giddy sort of delight in colors, in the meanings and implications and associations we attach to them. I'm a huge, huge fan, then, of Pantone's color of the year series. They originally won me over by making cerulean the color of the millennium (see my love for the color here.) And I thought they'd never beat last year's turquoise choice--a pick that made me oh-so-happy because I have a turquoise room and a serious, ridiculous, out of control love for Tiffany blue. (But really, who doesn't?)

This year's choice, though--honeysuckle--might make me even happier. It's buoyant and joyful and lighthearted--everything I wish to be in the 2011 year.
What can I say? I'm just tickled pink.

1. honeysuckle photo: f.a. ecker 2. honeysuckle house photo: david 3. ring: simply riveting on etsy 4. throw pillow: joom on etsy 5. "sunshine day" print: samantha hahn.

P.S. Other Pantone color of the year posts to check out:
from a fashion angle on decor8.
an article from the Huffington Post.
an inspiration board on jubilee events.
some etsy finds from kyla roma.
an interior take on pineapple house.
and, of course, Sam's 2010 turquoise post :)

I'm curious: what's your take on Pantone's pick?


Larissa Wunder said... [Reply to comment]

you must have been an adorable four year old :)

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

what a gorgeous color! I think it's exactly what we need to brighten the down-in-the-dumps feeling a lot of society has been projecting lately.

nadiine said... [Reply to comment]

love this colour :) nice and happy!

Emilyann Of Iowa said... [Reply to comment]

Love the pink! Almost pepto-pink, lol. ;)


Will @ Bright.Bazaar said... [Reply to comment]

I like it in small hits - say one dining chair upholstered in it!

vintch said... [Reply to comment]

hello adorableness! so, so pretty! the world outside my office window right now is pretty gray, so this is such a day brightner:) happy monday!

Lillian Chang said... [Reply to comment]

Ohmygosh, how fun!! Laura, this is such an awesome post :) I'm a bit of a color nerd as well, so this post completely sings me to me. I'm now entirely tickled pink...and heading over to the sites you've linked! :)

Whew, this post really just made my Monday so happy! :)

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

Love that color! Wouldn't have known it was called 'Honeysuckle' though. The one thing I loved about crayons as a kid was on Sesame Street' once they showed how crayons were made. I don't remember all of it, but I loved seeing all the crayons all made and bright and shiny.

Wild and Precious said... [Reply to comment]

such a fun post!! and such a great color!

s a m said... [Reply to comment]

some other wonderful honey suckle things : sunburned cheeks & cosmopolitan cocktails. I think I will like this color of the year.

(and thanks for the link, friend.)

Rachel said... [Reply to comment]

I love that your dream job was naming colors! That's just so stinkin' cute :)

my name is lauren. said... [Reply to comment]

i live in that honeysuckle building. uh-may-zing!

Mariel Torres said... [Reply to comment]

i LOVE these images... so vibrant!

Sweet said... [Reply to comment]

hi laura,
honeysuckle pink and white color theme will beautify my wedding this year : )