VERVE & VIGOUR. Lets talk some more about the HOT colours of 2011

A BOLD Splash Of Colour In A Modern White Loft... Breakfast At Tiffanys Please

Walls done in high gloss epoxy paint by Fine Paints of Europe

VERVE & VIGOUR are the key words describing the colour trends of 2011.  Colour in Home and Fashion is about not only being inspirational BUT instilling a sense of confidence, boosting our courage and elevating the joy in our everyday lives (albeit with a bold kick we have been missing for the last few years).  The BIG colour of the 2011 (according to the colour God’s of Pantone… and I must wholeheartedly agree) is Honeysuckle.  It is a rich and visual treat that expresses the maxim “Verve & Vigour” in spades.  Honeysuckle is a dynamic reddish hued pink that while being bold is as well encouraging & uplifting. Psychologists have long believed that Pink elevates our psyche and encourages us to meet the challenges of everyday life.

Leatrice Eiseman, exectutive director of the Pantone Colour Institute expresses this concept better than anyone…“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.  Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

 In the words of the immortal Kay Thompson… “THINK PINK”  …(you can sing the song whilst painting an accent wall in your home…your welcome).

 The other key colours of this year include the stunning Blue Curacao (which I have used to SPECTACULAR effect in bold vertical stripes as a colour accent in bathrooms), the luscious Coral Rose (a rich, vibrant, exotic and sexy Orange), Beeswax, Regatta, and Silver Cloud to name a few.  Remember when painting your home you don’t need (or want) to paint an entire room in these colours, merely add them as an accent.  Paint one wall Honeysuckle and match it with the other walls a soft white (such as Cloud White by Benjamin Moore) and your trim a crisp white (such as Oxford White by Benjamin Moore).  If you were to opt for the rich orange route…I would suggest you go for Charlotte’s Locks by Farrow & Ball.  A stunning orange colour with a visual depth unmatched by almost any other paint manufacturer.  I also completely adore Orchid Rose #S-G-110, Startling Orange #S-G-230, Lime Pop # S-G-400 by Behr Premium Plus paints and Lagoon #MSL125 by Martha Stewart Living paint (both available at The Home Depot).

Remember the key is to be BOLD.  Try splashing some paint up, edit your space, freshen your environment and feel the power our homes have on our spirit and attitude.  Most importantly…try it out, take some photos and send me them to post.

Robin De Groot