Pantone's Color of the Year for 2012

Pantone's Color of the Year for 2012

Janel Laban
Dec 8, 2011

pantone201212811.jpg There are a few "events" on the Apartment Therapy editorial calendar that are marked with a big red circle. One of them is the launch of the new IKEA catalog each August and another is the announcement of Pantone's pick for "Color of the Year", which the community always likes to weigh in on. Well, today is the day! Drumroll please - the color of the year for 2012 is....

Tangerine Tango

According to the official announcement, the deep red-orange color is intended to give us all a big energy boost; a refresh and a recharge. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Institute tells us more about the choice for 2012:

Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it. 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.


I think this is a highly-usable color for interiors. It's very easy to incorporate into a room as an accent, although the full wall treatment (as shown above) is absolutely an option for those willing to take the plunge, as it can be easier to coordinate with than reds with a cooler, blue tone.


Red-Oranges work easily with white and warm neutrals, such as creams and gray-browns and can look fantastic with other strong colors - it's great in combination with pale blue, other "true" oranges (think pumpkin) and also army green.

What do you think of the choice? Are you ready to try the "tangerine tango"? Let us know....

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