Sophisticated, dramatic and seductive are the words Pantone uses to describe Tangerine Tango, the 2012 Color of the Year. A cool reddish orange hue, Tangerine Tango will be used across the consumer marketplace to inspire, recharge and move us forward. This lively color will not only be featured in interior home décor, but also on the fashion runway, product packaging, store displays and cosmetics. In fact, Sephora will launch it’s first SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year beauty collection this spring.
“Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.” Pantone has been one the design profession’s leading color authorities for nearly 50 years
To incorporate this hot color into your home, look first at areas that need a burst of energy. An accent wall in the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom may already work with the existing colors you have painted on the walls. If the color seems too strong, try it in small doses for unexpected pops of color. Pillows, candles, bedspreads and throws are easy ways to incorporate the color into your existing décor and add spice to any room. Look for appliances in Tangerine Tango for the kitchen. You’ll also see this hue become available in personal electronics.
Color pairings that work well with this year’s top color are Tangerine with either Spa Blue or Minty Green, Tangerine with Icy Blue and Lime Green, or Tangerine with Pale Blue Violet and Glitzy Gold. For subtle sophistication, pair this sassy color with a soft neutral, like brown, gray or silver.
What do you think of this year’s color? My mind is busy racing… trying to figure out how to incorporate it into my own home. I’m sure I will… and I’ll be sure to post my results. Have you used this color in the past? Will you use it in the future? I’d love to hear your thoughts!