Saturday, February 26, 2011

Color Trends: Think Spring 2011

Many of you may be familiar with the name Pantone in association with color for designers. "In 1963, Lawrence Herbert, Pantone's founder, created an innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colors to solve the problems associated with producing accurate color matches in the graphic arts community. His insight that the spectrum is seen and interpreted differently by each individual led to the innovation of the PANTONE® MATCHING SYSTEM®, a book of standardized color in fan format." ( Pantone has become the industry standard in color matching for artists and designers of all kinds.

  Pantone also surveys leading fashion industry experts in order to determine the top inspiration color trends for each season and each new year. From this information they develop their Pantone color forecast chart with standardized hues that can be reproduced by professionals in graphic arts, architecture and home furnishings, paint manufacturers, fashion marketing, and industrial design. According to Pantone's market research, the 2011 color of the year is "honeysuckle," a vibrant reddish pink. Honeysuckle is described as "encouraging and uplifting. It elevates our psyche beyond escape, instilling the confidence, courage and spirit to meet the exhaustive challenges that have become part of everyday life."  (

From the Pantone website

According to Pantone, the top 10 fashion colors for spring 2011 as chosen by New York designers are honeysuckle, coral rose, peapod, beeswax, silver peony, russet, regatta, blue curacao, lavender, and silver cloud. ( Let's take a look at how BBEST artisans are using these colors within their chosen mediums.

Of course, we must have honeysuckle represented, as it is the main color theme for the year. 

Coming Up Roses Felted Wool Needle Book
by JN Originals

Waiting Cat  - Original Mixed Media
by Sixsisters

Hand Designed Silk Scarf
by Mystic Silks 

"Coral Rose" is said to be a sophisticated shade of orange that takes its inspiration from African, Indian and Asian influences.

Shades of Spring Original Watercolor
by Yankeegirl

Orange Sunflower Earrings
by ZudaGay

"Peapod" is a fresh, medium green tone meant to evoke thoughts of travel and adventure.

Bulgarian Sunflower Bracelet
from EverSoDear

Painting: Cute Chicks Series - Violet Green Swallow
by Backroom Treasures

"Beeswax" is a modernized ochre or golden tone which is cheerful and playful.

Amber Colored Glass Hearts Earrings
by Fantasy Creations 1

Fused Glass Small Amber Sushi Plates (Set of 2)
from Designs by Christine

"Silver Peony" is a pale and feminine shade of pink described as "ethereal" and "dreamy."

 "Russet" is a deep, earthy brown, considered a "new" neutral.

"Regatta" is a refreshing blue reminiscent of  the Mediterranean Ocean.

"Blue Curacao" is a lovely turquoise tone that reminds us of tropical locations.

from ByTheBy

"Lavender" is a soft and sensual shade of purple.

"Silver Cloud" is a brownish gray described by Pantone as the "quintessential neutral that consumers can rely on to coordinate with everything in their closet." (


Judy Nolan said...

I have heard of Pantone, but did not know much about it, so I appreciate the explanation provided in your post. I love how you have broken out the spring 2001 colors by featuring BBEST products in those same colors--how fun! Thanks also for featuring my needle book.

Sixsisters said...

Liv this is wonderful. I love how you managed to get
so many bbesters included in this blog. The color
scheme really works. Thanks !

Julie G. said...

very interesting info. I like how you showed the swatch and found items that matched. Thx. for inc. my lavender necklace.

yankeegirl said...

Once again I learn something new from a bbester!! Great post and thanks for including my watercolor!

ZudaGay said...

Great post, Liv! I love your spring color palate choices! Well done!

Jill said...

Great post! Thank you for the information. I was not familiar with Pantone, but I had heard that the color of the year was honeysuckle. Now I know what color that is!!! Thank you for including my earrings!

MagdaleneJewels said...

The beauty of Spring with all its vibrant and budding color palette is well represented by your thoughtful blog, and your many choices filling Springs beauty.
Thank you for including my bracelet among these other Spring delights!

Imaginuity said...

Thanks for sharing the spring colors - and for including my flower from!