Color Spotlight: Tangerine!

Late last year, Pantone announced their much awaited Color of the Year for 2012, and this time around it’s Tangerine Tango! To quote Pantone, ‘Tangerine Tango’ is “sophisticated, dramatic … and marries the vivaciousness and adrenalin rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

At the pronouncement, orange lovers all across the land issued three cheers to feisty tangerine taking the spotlight and many retailers pushed the color to the forefront of their decor offerings this year.

If you’re a lover of tangerine, consider painting your walls or even your front door in this hue of the moment. If you’d prefer that this vibrant color play a more subtle roll, bring it indoors in the form of decorative accents, toss pillows, or other accessories in your home.

Tangerine accent chairs, side stools, and area rugs add fresh color to your space without a huge commitment, or be brave and choose a bold accent piece in the form of a dresser or even a sofa.

1. Bunny Lounge Chair, House & Hold, $450 2. Duc Duc Dresser, Fawn & Forest $1,375 3. Tini Table, Zinc Door, $395; 4. Martini Side Table, West Elm, $129; 5. Stray Dog Blush Stool, Zinc Door, $330; 6. Atomic Sofa, CB2, $1,099 7. La Versha Chair, Anthropologie, $298; 8. 8 x 10’ Striped Tangerine Rug, West Elm, $229.

1. David Trubridge Coral Painted Pendant, Y Lighting, $360; Rachel Ray EVOO Dispenser, $16.95; 3. Lacquer Hexagon Tray, Jonathan Adler, $175; 4. Anything Clock, Horne, $69; 5. Chica Wall Vase, Crate+ Barrel, $10; 6. Geo Placemat, Z Gallerie, $28; 7. Orange Chick Candleholder, CB2, $8; 8. Barcelona Pillow, Zinc Door, $90, 9. Montego basket, Georgia Mills, $80; 10. Stripe Hamper, The Cross Design, $72; 11. 3 x 5’ Trina TurkFloral rug, Sky Iris, $160


Whether it’s bold or subtle flavors of tangerine you choose, or accents large or small, this is one invigorating color that’s sure to bring some zest into your space and you’ll certainly be right on trend adding these accents to your home.

Happy decorating,


6 Responses to “ Color Spotlight: Tangerine! ”

  1. Tangerine could be an overpowering color but the rooms you highlighted used it perfectly. Love it!

  2. I’m a bit skiddish when it comes to tangerine, but I do like the use of it on the porch with the white wicker chairs surrounded with green plants. It’s cheery and bright without over powering the space. Definitely could see myself enjoying a cup of tea in that space.

  3. My son wanted an orange bedroom when he was about 12 or 13. We painted it this same deep coral/tangerine with a touch of red. It is STRIKING! Set off with white trim and white window treatments and black accessories (black/white photos, black frames, black nightstand and a black guitar hanging on wall). I was going to repaint when he moved out (he’s now 22) but I still love his room as is. It’s a large room 12×15 and gets lots of sun in the morning. I moved my office up there for about a year and loved it! People might be scared of doing the walls this bold color but trust me, in the right setting it makes a statement. I have been playing with adding some turquoise or other blues now that this color is color of the year and have seen lots of ways to use this color. Great spotlight Kate!

  4. What a gorgeous color! I can’t get over how awesome that pop of color is! Love it!

  5. Wow Cheryl, sounds fabulous! Amazing how you still love it after all these years, it’s YOUR color!

  6. When I first saw the Pantone color of the year, I thought…”.Noooooo.”
    But, it has grown on me. I’ve tried a small piece or two around the house and now I can’t get enough!

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