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Denise Willard has over a decade of experience transforming the homes of clients in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Her work has been showcased on ABC Affiliate, News Channel 8 and published in The Washington Post, Home and Design Magazine, Washington Home & Garden, The Washingtonian, and Elan. She writes a regular design column for Viva Tysons, and has a blog where she shares her interior decorating insights, DreamDesignLive.com .

Denise specializes in creating simple, but elegant transitional interiors that are reflective of her clients' personalities and lifestyles. The combination of her southern roots and urban lifestyle can be seen in her personal design style, which combines the comfort and hospitality of the South with the flair of the big city.

2011 Decorating Trend: Honeysuckle

The new year means a new start for the design industry! December and January are often times of reflection for designers as they evaluate ‘what’s next?’ in the world of design trends. I am excited to share some cool, hip design ideas that have already started to take hold in the design world. Over the next week, I will post the hottest decorating trends for 2011 to inspire readers to make changes in their home for a fresh start to the new year.

Hottest Trend #1: 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. Here is an excerpt from the Pantone website that describes 18-2120 Honeysuckle:

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.

“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.”

How to Use It In Your Space: 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.

Add bright energy to any room with the bold color choice of honeysuckle on upholstered items.Spice up your home with Pantone's color of the year, honeysuckle. How about this big impact on the kitchen cabinets?

Use Pantone's color of the year as an accent for a lively but not overpowering statement.

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