To Thine Own Self be Hue

Have you ever wondered who it is exactly that proclaims the color of the YEAR? I mean, who has enough global influence to ensure that almost every item from fashion to interior design is seemingly produced from the same color palette with very minimal deviation?  Even if you’ve never taken the time to wonder specifically about it, I’m sure you’ve at least noticed how in any given year there are certain hues that are everywhere… prominent in your favorite clothing stores, featured in interior design magazines, gift wrap, paint, and the list goes on and on. Some years, the fixation on one particular color can get so overwhelming you almost wish you never saw that color anywhere again. In 2009, for example, I experienced what I deemed a “mustard yellow crisis” from which I’m still recovering.

Come to find out, PANTONE®, the revered global authority on color, releases a “Color of the Year” for each upcoming calendar annum. Now, although I was pretty disgusted and could show absolutely no love to what they called “Mimosa” in 2009, I have to admit I’m game for the vibrant and uplifting shade of pink they’ve dubbed “Honeysuckle” for 2011. In fact, as soon as I lay eyes on the chosen color of the year (PANTONE® color 18-2120, to be exact), this dainty (and admittedly suppressed) persona from deep within whispered “now that’s Pretty in Pink.”

So, you ask, what does this mean for me? Glad you asked… in my humble opinion, the PANTONE® Color of the Year is exactly that – the PANTONE® Color of the Year. Thus, it should be applied as little or as much as is comfortable to you… as stated in the title: to thine own self be hue…. Think about it… color is the basis of, or in some way affects, almost everything we endeavor to accomplish from a creative standpoint. From designing our homes to designing our very lives, color is key. So if it’s appealing, if it’s uplifting, if makes you smile – go for it! On the other hand, if the very thought of welcoming pink into your life gives you Agita – go forth and find the hue that rings true to you.