3/10/11

Color Trends for 2011



Pink is power. Or should we say, Honeysuckle is power? "Courageous. Confident. Vital." This is how Pantone® describes Pantone 18-2120, aka Honeysuckle, the 2011 color of the year. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute® and America’s leading color expert had this to say about the deep pink hue…

“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.”

Sounds like the perfect choice for 2011. But, who, and what, exactly is Pantone? How do they know what colors to choose? And how do they know these colors will be sweeping runways, gracing magazines covers, and influencing interior design?

For more than 45 years Pantone has been the world-renowned authority on color and is the color resource for design professionals around the world. In 1963 Pantone founder, Lawrence Herbert, solved the problem of color matching accuracy in the graphic communications industry by developing a ground-breaking system that identified, matched, and communicated color. Herbert created the Pantone Matching System® (PMS). Since then Pantone has expanded the Pantone Matching System to encompass: 
• fashion & home
  • digital technology
  • architecture
  • home interiors
  • paint
  • plastics

To this day Pantone is the color language standard worldwide, from designer through to the customer. Designers use Pantone color guides specific to their industry to research and select colors.
mydesignshop.com is currently hosting a sale on a wide selection of Pantone color guides, through March 31st. This is the perfect time to update your old guides or purchase a set for the first time.

Pantone Fashion Color Report for Fall 2011
Following New York Fashion Week Pantone released their color trend forecast for Fall, 2011, labeling their selection as sensible and spirited. “Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said Eiseman. “Much like a painter's masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season's palette.”

Color is Essential to Your Life
Pantone believes that color is essential to your life. To fill your life and environment with this essential nutrient, they have created a variety of colorful Pantone items to surround yourself with, including:

And if that’s not enough color for you, visit the Pantone Hotel in Belgium.

Take Our Honeysuckle, Pantone 18-2120 Poll



To learn all about Pantone, the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone research and development labs, and their many services visit Pantone About Us.

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