And the Color of the Year Is…

I have the feeling that the folks at Pantone are my people. In a perfect melding of the left side and the right side of the brain, they have taken all the colors and named and numbered them. And they guarantee tonal consistency. So those people who work in design can have exactly the right shade of blue every time.

They also, apparently, do color forecasting. Today they announced the color of the year for 2011: honeysuckle.

The folks at Pantone say that honeysuckle is good for “verve and vigor” and is a bold, energizing color for a depressed world. If it truly will do everything Pantone thinks it will do, it’s a magical color. To me, honeysuckle will be the perfect clear, rosy color for Spring 2011. In that spirit, I’ve picked some of my favorite honeysuckle (or honeysuckle-adjacent) products for spring.

A honeysuckle bag would go perfectly with spring’s pastels. Or pick a neutral like sand or grey, and use this bright pink to add a bit of flair to an outfit. I love this felt bag by Rootote. The unusual fabric sets it apart. Hint: avoid patent leather unless you want to do a Paris Hilton impression.

Not to coordinate with the bag too much, but the laser cutouts in this pair of shoes by Pour La Victoire charmed me. So cute for spring! They’re rather high, but with a flippy spring dress where you show some leg they would be freaking fantastic. And you’d get a nice calf workout.

For chillier spring days, a casual pink jacket is a necessity. This one by Ecko is casual, but with enough standout details to set you apart from the run-of-the-mill fleece jacket. I love the collar style and the high breast pocket. Plus the drawstring gives you a waist.

Growing up in the Northwest, I still carry an umbrella around in the back of my car. It is totally unnecessary in the desert, but in a way, it gives me a sense of self-identity. The mixture of black and honeysuckle pink on this umbrella by Marimekko would make me want to open it up even if there were only a few sprinkles coming down.

Pantone says that wearing honeysuckle is guaranteed to produce a healthy glow in both men and women. I went to OPI for a great honeysuckle-esque nail polish, and MAC for a lipstick, because they’re my favorite brands for those items. OPI has several pinks that are close to the Pantone pick, but I like Don’t Know…Beets Me. My MAC pick is Speak Louder. It may be a bit bolder than the Pantone color; if it’s too bright, you might want to try MAC Viva Glam Gaga.

As I looked through a plethora of pink products, a couple of thoughts–call them words of advice if you must–went through my head. First, if in doubt, err toward raspberry, rather than Pepto-Bismol pink. Nothing that reminds you of Barbie should be worn in large amounts. This would be a great color for a cardigan, or a print skirt. Keep it vibrant and clear–no muddy honeysuckles.

Is Pantone right? Can you imagine yourself in Honeysuckle makeup or clothes? Or using it in your house? Or do you prefer 2010′s Turquoise?