Saturday January 15th, 2011
In the Pink?
Keeping our finger on the style pulse is something we love to do here at Eco Chic, so we are always hungry for new tips, ideas, suggestions and trends. Imagine how excited we were to hear the new Pantone “Colour of the Year” had been revealed! Imagine how silent we fell when we discovered it is this rather awful pink called ‘Honeysuckle’.
Now, we love colour, we embrace it wholeheartedly and are open to all sorts of funky combinations, but we are struggling a little with this pink. We know pink has an uncanny ability to divide camps and opinions, and that’s why we thought we’d feature Honeysuckle and get your feedback. What do you think of this pink as Colour of the Year?
Diana Vreeland famously dubbed pink ‘the navy blue of India’ and the richness and vibrance of that pink is one to love, having depth, flamboyance and versatility. This pink seems that it could only work in a little girl’s room, but we could be wrong.
Here are two rooms that use pink –yes, the honeysuckle one! - to great effect and here’s why we feel they work.
The wall paper is stunning and could only be a winner, such a divine design
The lampshades match the paper exactly and make it almost 3D in effect
The rest of the room makes no real reference to the pink and the use of fire engine red is exactly the right way to avoid over-sugaring the look
Using neutrals and naturals counter balances the pink saturation of the wallpaper and tones the effect down, allowing the star of the show to shine
The pink is confined to one hero piece only and the only other references to it are in the pale tones of the wall and the thin stripe in the armchairs
Natural motifs remind us of flowers and the outdoors rather than dollies and girlie tea parties
The zebra rug and dramatic batic print cushion are a perfect and unexpected foil to the pink
Liberal use of white keeps things crisp
So, what do You
think, readers? Is it Honeysuckle Rose or Honey, Rose Sucks? Colour of the Year or Fad of the Month? We’d love to hear your thoughts! email@example.com