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Ring in the New Year with the Hottest 2011 Decorating Trends!

December 19, 2010

I just finished my January-February column for Viva Tysons Magazine and am so excited about it that I had to share it with you rather than wait for it to be published.  I explore the Pantone’s Color of the Year and three evolving home design and decorating trends for 2011. I have already seen some of these influences start to take shape in the homes of my design clients, and had to share them with you!  Check out my article below to find inspiration for the home decorating project you have been putting off til the new year. 

Top Home Decorating Trends for 2011

Ringing in the New Year, means change is just around the corner.  For many of us this means adopting a new workout and diet regimen,  finding more time for balance in our lives or finally making that home makeover project that has been on our to-do list for several years, a priority.  If you find yourself focusing on the latter of these items, you might want to consider incorporating some of these 2011 interior design trends into your home renovation or decorating project.     

The Color of the Year:  Uplifting and Stimulating, Honeysuckle

PANTONE'S Color of the Year

Pantone, the leading authority on color trends in home and fashion design, has selected PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle as 2011’s color of the year.  This selection is grounded in the realities of the challenges we all have faced over the last few years in the economic markets. 

While the 2010 color of the year, PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise, served as an escape for many, Honeysuckle emboldens us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. A dynamic reddish pink, Honeysuckle is 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, according to Pantone ( 

“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,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Honeysuckle derives its positive qualities from a powerful bond to its mother color red, the most physical, viscerally alive hue in the spectrum.”

Eiseman continues, “The intensity of this festive reddish pink allures and engages. In fact, this color, not the sweet fragrance of the flower blossoms for which it was named, is what attracts hummingbirds to nectar. Honeysuckle may also bring a wave of nostalgia for its associated delicious scent reminiscent of the carefree days of spring and summer.”

 When considering this color trend for your home, Honeysuckle is upbeat and dynamic when used on large areas like the entry area of a house or an apartment. It is an appetite and conversation stimulant when used on the dining room walls. In the kitchen, it adds a fun touch on the table in placemats and other linens (patterned or solid), colored glassware, candles and small appliances. Honeysuckle is a great color to cover up shabby kitchen cabinets, or, if that’s too much of a color statement for you, try repainting knobs and drawer pulls. But be warned – once you try this arresting shade, it can become addictive.

Three Design Styles that will Emerge As Trends in the New Year

House Beautiful recently named several influences that will shape interior design in 2011.  I have really seen an emergence of three of these trends in my design business—Accessorator, Glam and Ruralists. 

Tradition with a Twist

Lilly Pulitzer's Bedding Line by Garnet Hill

House Beautiful’s Accessorator influence (which I have renamed, ‘Tradition with a Twist’) is where flirty colorful colors come to life with a keen eye toward what is going on in the fashion industry.  This style is always looking backward for inspiration, but adding a more modern twist.  This is where the PANTONE color of the year, Honeysuckle, will really shine as Lilly Pulitzer and others like her, who are famous for preppy clothing and brightly colored attire, start to finalize their crossover into the home interiors market.  To the left is one of Lilly Pulitzer’s bedding lines that are taking off as we head into a new year and adopt a new attitude of renewal and hope.  

Stella Mirror from Made Goods

 Nature Inspired Glam

The Glam influence, as it is deemed by House Beautiful, is both sexy and theatrical. This is where more is more in home decorating and ‘bling’ is definitely in order.  However, the new look of high glamour is increasingly natural.  This is never truer than in the home accessories line from Made Goods. They offer architectural pieces consistent with Rococo styling, but many of their pieces are made from natural elements like shells, which is where the trend is really going as we look further into 2011.  To the right is one of Made Goods most popular glam pieces, their Stella mirror. It is made in the Rococo style, but is blinged out with silver abalone shells that are elegantly arranged on the serpentine mirror to mimic the lines of a French antique. 

Simple, but Elegant Belgian Cottage

A Belgian-influenced dining room. Simple, but elegant!

Finally, the Ruralists influence (as it is called by House Beautiful) is really taking off as we head into 2011 due to fear over future economic challenges and increased awareness of environmental issues.  This trend is what I call ‘Simple, but Elegant Belgian Cottage.’  This trend incorporates a global country feel and brings to life the concepts of handmade, re-use, artisanal, pure and sophisticated.  This style is often deemed Belgian and really focuses on all things natural and comfortable with an emphasis on colors that appear in nature.   It is about realizing that beauty can be found in items that look old and used.  And, the simpler the interior, the better.   Natural linens, inherited items or those that are repurposed are key to implementing this style.  To the left is a Belgian style dining room with wood ceilings, simple linen slip covered parsons chairs, natural color tones and re-purposed light fixtures.  The overall feel is simple, but still elegance. 

Need help getting your 2011 home decorating project underway?  Let us help.  Contact me today to learn how easy it is to cut through all the options and be well on your way to a newly updated and inviting home well before spring arrives. 


2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 26, 2010 10:41 am

    I am sure that i will come back to your blog. Well written articles !

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