Tangerine Tango– Pantone’s Color of the Year 2012

tangerine_tango_2012_color_of_the_year{designed by Christian Leone via Lonny}
Recently, Pantone announced it’s 2012 color of the year – Tangerine Tango! It’s 17-1463 on the fandex. This reddish orange is bold, energetic and as the name suggests a bit exotic. It’s also quite a change from Pantone’s recent picks:  uplifting Honeysuckle in 2011 and tranquil turquoise in 2010.
“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, 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.” Visit the Pantone website for full the announcement.
Paint a whole room or add a throw pillow, a little Tangerine Tango can go a long way. For home it’s a terrific accent hue and you can’t go wrong pairing it with cooler blues and greens. A lamp, area rug or window treatments in this fiery orange color are perfects ways to accent this color and add warmth to the space. Or how about paint your front door this vibrant color? {Benjamin Moore’s Blazing Orange is a close match}
tangerine_birthday_party_decorations{image via Etsy}
orange_front_door_house_beautiful{designed by Moises Esquenazi via House Beautiful}
{orange table lamp from Bungalow 5}
carmel_coast_trina_turk_tangerine{Carmel Coastline in tangerine by Trina Turk via Schumacher}
pantone_color_year_2012_tangerine_tango{designed by Lulu Powers via Lonny}
orange_blue_boys_bedroom_designer{designed by Erika Ward via Houzz}


{sally orange linen pillow from Pieces}
orange_designer_pillows{designed by Moises Esquenazi via House Beautiful}
Will Tangerine Tango be your color of the year for 2012?

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13 Responses to Tangerine Tango– Pantone’s Color of the Year 2012

  1. Cristin {Simplified Bee} December 31, 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    Kim, I am not sure who designed the chinoisserie print fabric. I will let you know if I find out!


  2. Kim Kirkland December 30, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    Orange has been a favorite of mine forever! The images you posted are all lovely. Any idea on where I could find the fabric on the chinoisserie print pillow?? I love it!

  3. pretty pink tulips December 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    I like orange in doses…but certainly love the vibrant energy this 2012 color evokes!!! I think we're all ready for a really, happy year!!!

    Happy Holidays to you and yours, Cristin!
    xo Elizabeth

  4. Claudia Juestel December 21, 2011 at 4:00 am #

    So happy to see orange being the color of 2012! Recently my friend and fellow designer Matthew MacCaul Turner and I came to the realization that orange goes with everything. The more we thought about it the more we realized that it goes with every color.

    Hermès knew a thing or two about picking their iconic color.



  5. pve design December 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Hermes Orange….Orange Juice…..Tangerine dreams….Orange ya happy!

  6. Amy R. December 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Yes! I love this color and I am so happy. I already have plans to use it.

  7. Laurie December 20, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Such a happy color. Love it.

  8. Hamptontoes December 20, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    I think my blog design confirms my love of the color orange. I am a huge fan of pairing it with neutrals. Great examples.

  9. Kerry @ Design du Monde December 20, 2011 at 2:52 am #

    I am loving the color but as a mix with pastels instead of other bold colors.

  10. Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll December 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Love anything orange. Beautiful images.

  11. Savvy in San Francisco December 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Such a fun color! I recently was trying to decide between some tangerine or bright blue colored jeans and I went with the tangerine since I had heard what Pantone had put out there! Love all of those bright tangerine pillows!

  12. Leslie December 19, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    It certainly wakes up a space! I think it could be fun in small doses.

  13. Michaela December 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    Such an exciting color! Love it (: