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The News-DispaTch aND harbor couNTry News

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Look for cheerful, happy honeysuckle as hot color in décor The “it” color of the moment is a visual pick-me-up. Retailers are hoping that honeysuckle, a bright reddish-pink, speaks to consumers’ desire for an uplifting message in unsteady times. It was chosen as the color of the year by the Pantone Color Institute, a leading color-forecasting company, and is bound to trickle down to home furnishings and decor, especially in the spring.

“It’s almost like a spring awakening.” said Phil Tracey, decorator for HomeGoods. “It’s a cheerful and happy color.” Designers are not going to advocate a complete color scheme change simply because a new hue is crowned. But, if the color of the moment appeals to your personal taste, catches your eye and makes you feel good, then, by all means, flirt with it. Deb DiBelio, the merchandising manager for Rowe Furniture, says she

likes to see honeysuckle layered with taupes and charcoals. It works well in striped fabrics or floral prints, she said. Todd Johnson, an account executive at Design Within Reach in the Central West End, said he imagines this shade of pink used in accessories and complementing a room with neutral walls and colors. He would pair the color with sage green and white. He would also envision honeysuckle popping in a pattern of stripes.

“I do things in threes,” he said. “A little touch of color in a piece of art or a pillow, a side chair or a piece in the entryway. I don’t like to saturate a room with it.” Tracey said shoppers will find shades of this reddishpink in rugs, vases, chairs, comforters, dinnerware and sofa throws. He would add it to a space with dark or bright yellows or varying tones of cream. “You want to make it stand out and not compete with the other colors,” he said. — McClatchy Newspapers

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