Color Trends of 2011

Color Trends of 2011

Bethany Seawright
Dec 27, 2011

Here at Apartment Therapy, we're passionate about color. We hold an annual Room for Color contest, and we make it our goal to always keep you informed on all matters of chroma and hue. In this post, we're looking back at the color trends of 2011 and rounding up some of our favorite features on the year's best and biggest colors. Did your favorites make the cut? Which colors do you think are merely a flash in the pan, and which ones do you think have 'the legs' to live on, well into the New Year?


Honeysuckle was Pantone's color of the year for 2011, and as a result, this oft-maligned, feminized color was in the air and on the minds of décor-istas everywhere. With these posts, we celebrate the full spectrum of pink and provide inspiration for incorporating this sometimes challenging color into your own space.


The strong presence of green at the Maison & Objet show in Paris early in the year led us to declare it "The Next Big Color" for 2011. Here, we present it in all its verdant glory and look at how it's making its presence felt - as a lead color, in combination with others, and in housewares galore.


According to Dulux Paints, blue is the most popular color in the world. It was also the most featured and most beloved color of readers in 2011. Ultra saturated hues like cobalt and teal are current favorites, although turquoise continues to have a strong following of its own.


In 2011, black came on strong as a lead color choice for walls, and was often used as a contrast to white to great graphic effect. Stripes, checks and patterns featuring these two powerhouses were dominant in home design.


Mimosa may have been Pantone's color choice for 2009, but it seems as though many in the design world aren't ready to let go of this sun-shiny hue. In 2011, it was especially popular when used as an accent color with other trend favorites - such as black & white, blue and pink.

Welcome to Apartment Therapy's Best of 2011 roundup! From December 19 through January 1 we are rounding up some of our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year.

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