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Not to be a Grinch, but I’m relieved the holidays are over. I’m glad to go back to my normal schedule and to start thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day and even spring. This month’s color is the perfect looking-ahead color, one that embraces spring’s delicate hues, without totally giving up on the icy tones of winter. Even the name captures that it’s-still-cold-but-I’m-already-thinking-warm feeling.

What’s January’s color? Pantone’s Silver Peony.

While we always use Pantone’s color forecasts as a guide, it’s rare that we actually pick one of their exact hues (last month, for example, we went with navy; the month before that, plum). But the more our color team looked, the more of this top 10 color for 2011 we saw…and we loved it.

It’s a misleading color — is it rose? Is it beige? Is that a slight undertone of gray? Alone, it seems tame, almost invisible. But pair it with friends, and it livens up.

We saw it most often with gray and blue:

Pottery Barn’s Botanical Bedding

Or paired with greige for a hint of color:

Unison Home Twill Blanket

I love how it pops against greens of all shades, like it does in this Erinn Valencich headboard:

Is that a harbinger of spring, or what?

And notice how it stands out subtly against the winter white curtains in this coolly sophisticated living room by Ammie Kim:

If Silver Peony were a Facebook page, would you “Like” it?

P.S. Pink’s definitely on our minds this season, especially after Pantone announced Honeysuckle as their 2011 Color of the Year. Read our color guru Jeanine Hays’ take on Honeysuckle. Then let us know what you think about it, too.


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47 Responses

  1. Mamamia says:

    ..you know, I wouldn't have thought of putting the 2 together but now that I see it – I like it – ALOT. After reading the previous posts I get that this is about personal preference. Personally, I find the combination to be soothing and yet refreshing… just what we need after a long cold winter in New England.

  2. sjrf says:

    talking about winter colors offered-too blah. item on todays colors for living rooms, colors were good, but article on zodiac themed rooms was way off the mark for most signs, especially capricorn!

  3. Beautiful ideas! helps to see new & different colors in a room setting to help bring us out of our creative & designing ruts!

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