Happy Valentine’s Day ~ Pink is the color of 2011

I received my March Issue of House Beautiful last week.  Their “Color Issue” follows Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year, which is a pink named Honeysuckle.

Why do I care? Mostly I don’t.

My design work tends toward classic.  I work with clients to create rooms and homes that are not easily dated.   Updating historic design themes, combining traditional American details into what I call Americana.   Generally I avoid anything that is trendy because one year’s Hot item, is passé the following year.

Having said that I do love color.  And I am always looking for ways to add personality, character and drama into my clients home.  So if pink is this year’s color, what would I do with it?

How about a powder room with a white vanity, white trim work, and a rich warm pink on the walls.  Three years from now it is not a big deal to change the paint color if you tire of it.  Maybe we pick a khaki for the walls that has a blush undertone and you accessorize with pink.  Or, I recently had a client that loved turquoise and in her kitchen we painted the inside of the cabinets and the back-splash, Benjamin Moore, Old Pick-up Truck Blue.

That same thing could be done in a historic pink like Benjamin Moore, Queen Anne Pink HC-60.

It is your home, enjoy it.

Bruce Gingrich is a designer and custom builder based in New Holland, PA.  His company, Glenn Gingrich, Inc. is a design, build, remodel firm that executes projects from conception to completion.  His functional insight, meticulous planning, building expertise, and customer collaboration can give you the living space of your dreams.

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