Tangerine Tango: Decorate With Pantone's 2012 Color of the Year
It's easy to see why color forecaster Pantone named Tangerine Tango its 2012 color of the year: This hot red-orange hue instantly recharges a room. Here's how to use it all year long.
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January 12, 2015
Photo By: Carlos Domenech
How do you get this look-at-me color to stand out even more? Try swapping the usual brown hues of animal print for bright Tangerine Tango, like designer Lauren Guarcello of Porter Design Company did here. Brown and white floral wallpaper featuring a similarly scaled pattern balances the bright accent pieces against the neutral sofa.
Get the Sophisticated Look
Charcoal and red-orange is a color combination often found in modern interiors; however, it works just as well in transitional and traditional spaces. Here, designer Brian Patrick Flynn uses charcoal drapery and bedding as a backdrop for tangerine, red and white accent pieces.
Try Red and Green Year Round
Traditional shades of red and green scream "Christmas," but this kitchen's modern twist on the color wheel opposites tangerine and emerald green gives the combination year-round life. Design by Jaymes Richardson
This eye-catching room layers tangerine upon tangerine. Designer Meredith Heron
Turn Up the Volume
For a bolder take on the classic blue-and-orange pairing, try deep indigo paired with electric red-orange. Image courtesy of CB2
Natural hues are an equally good partner for bold Tangerine Tango. The neutral color palette of this bedroom's bed linens and pillows contrasts with the richness of the red-orange wall. Design by Andreas Charalambous
Make It Pop
Any color looks more vibrant when juxtaposed against a bright, glossy white. Introduce a crisp white dresser, pitcher or canvas to instantly amp up the volume on tangerine accents. Design by Brian Patrick Flynn
Find Vintage Pieces
Juicy tangerine was a popular shade in the 1960s and '70s, making it relatively easy to score a unique accent chair at a vintage or thrift store. This red-orange Eames chair looks reading-ready with a brown throw, a black-and-white side table and a cheerful vase of Gerber daisies. Design by nydesignguy
Paint One Wall
This intense hue doesn't need to cover all four walls to be impactful. Add it to an accent wall in a neutral room, like this contemporary dining space, for an instant shot of vibrancy. Bonus: Orange hues stimulate the appetite, which makes them ideal for dining rooms. Design by Marie Burgos
The soft colors of the sea — sandy neutrals, watery blues and bright whites — are ideal complements to Tangerine Tango's bold personality. Designer Natalie Umbert used tangerine fabric for the window seat, but kept the accent pillows and drapery neutral to give the oceanfront view center stage.
Tangerine plays well with other colors, making it a great candidate for graphic patterns, like this whimsical polka-dot wallpaper. To ground the space and keep it from becoming too busy, designer Deborah Wecselman used a solid-hued headboard and duvet.
Add Accent Furniture
A small dose of Tangerine Tango can add spice to virtually any palette. Try a piece of red-orange accent furniture, like the nail head-trimmed cocktail table designer Elaine Williamson used here, to add color without the commitment (or price) of a larger furniture piece.
Hang Vibrant Artwork
There's no quicker, easier way to brighten a room than with a piece of artwork. Create a focal point in an all-white room with a framed or unframed print, like this tangerine-hued duo from CB2. Image courtesy of CB2
For a five-minute update, introduce a tangerine tray to a room's existing color scheme. In this Asian-inspired vignette, an orange Hermes tray adds an element of surprise. Design by Burnham Design Group
Commit to Color
Feeling bold? Try a room full of Tangerine Tango. Layered hues on the floor and furniture bring colorful comfort to this modern nest, while the walls feature a sandy hue that lets the furnishings (and the San Francisco view) be the star. Design By Susan Diana Harris
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