2011 Color Trends in Home Design

Now it is the new year and color trends for 2011 have begun to emerge. Believe it or not, but many of the sweaters we wear this year, napkins and tablecloths we buy, and pillows we place on couches will surprisingly be the same color. Thanks to the “color of the year,” one color and a few color palettes will stand out from the crowd and become the colors that will fill our closets, homes and lives without most of us even noticing. Some may think it’s a marketing ploy, but colors really do become a part of the times. So, when you look back 10 years from now, the color of the year will make “sense.”

Last year the color of the year was turquoise, a color that symbolizes healing and compassion. This color is inspired by water and sky and represents an escape to many people. So what could possibly be next?

Well, Pantone has released the 2011 color of the year and it is called “Honeysuckle” (Pantone 18-2120). This color is filled with confidence, courage and bravery. The bold spirit of Honeysuckle will fill you, lift you up and keep you motivated all year long. Full of vim and vigor, Honeysuckle may be a bold contrast to the escapism of turquoise. Honeysuckle makes us deal with everyday troubles and face them full on. It contradicts the bleak economy and overabundance of bland colors in the current marketplace. “During stressful times, a color such as Honeysuckle lifts people’s spirits and stimulate,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Caught between an intense pink and a red, Honeysuckle can easily be worn by both men and women. It’s a striking and eye-catching hue that looks good both day and night and will add a lively flair to interior spaces when used on walls, pillows, bedspreads, small appliances and tabletop accessories.

Honeysuckle is an updated color that adds a bold and dynamic feel when used in large areas of a house like an entry, bedroom or living room. It is perfect to use in craftsman home plans. When used in the kitchen or dining room, it will stimulate your appetite. But, great ways to incorporate this color into the kitchen is to use it with placemats, linens, glassware, candles and even small appliances. If you need to cover old or shabby cabinetry, try painting it Honeysuckle. Or, for an even bolder statement, paint an accent wall in Honeysuckle for a lively burst of energy in the kitchen, hallway, or family room.

Because Honeysuckle is considered probably a more feminine color, it might not be a decorator’s first choice when trying to stage a home for selling in the real estate market, but if the color Honeysuckle is used in subtle touches, no doubt the home for sale will stand out in the crowd.

Other Color Palettes That Will Shine

Create a cheerful and light-hearted home by using a citrus yellow shade. Not only will it exude positive energy, it will keep your mood pleasant. Make your home interesting and use this color in unexpected areas such as a powder room or dining room. It also looks fantastic mixed with a soft blue and khaki color. Research has proven that yellow is uplifting, helps people fight fatigue, limits anxiety, enhances relaxation and maintains a positive mood. Who wouldn’t want that everyday?

With vintage making a comeback, smoky violets, deep browns or burgundy, berry colors and even bronze will transform the interior of your home into something rich and elegant. Classy and sophisticated, pair these colors with dark wood furniture and leather upholstery and your home will exude style.

Quite the opposite in many ways to the vintage color palette is the farm house plans inspired palette. With society’s current feeling of trying to get “back-to-basics,” this color palette uses the colors often seen at a farmer’s market for inspiration. Playful oranges, leafy greens, bold blues and textured brown tones will give your home that earthy back-to-nature feel.

Last year, turquoise was a the color of the year and symbolized an escape, so if you’re wanting to hold on to that fantasy, but switch gears just a bit for 2011, why not try translucent colors with a pearly or satin finish? Creamy whites, soft grays and neutral sage tones will make your home feel like an escape while adding a soft retro feeling.

Getting back-to-basics in the way we live in 2011 will also resonate with another color palette that includes tribal colors and many other earthen tones. The concept of a “tribe” mirrors the concept of today’s communities and reflects how important the people are around us. Rich oranges, browns, indigo blues and curry colors will dominate in this palette and add excitement to any interior space in your home.

As you can see, 2011 is going to be quite a diverse year! Whether you are looking at new vacation home plans or just a way to refresh your current residence, you can find something exciting. From explosive pink shades to soft silvery gray tones, there’s something for everyone in these color palette trends.

Source by Alice Lane

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