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Tangerine Tango – Pantone Colour of the year 2012

December 9, 2011

Following the colour Turquoise in 2010 and Honeysuckle this year the Pantone colour of the year for 2012 was announced yesterday. Next year we will all be going orange as the colour is Pantone 17-1463 Tangerine Tango.

The colour Tangerine Tango is “a spirited reddish orange, that continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” We all need some colour in our lives especially as we go through testing times with the economy. This year we have seen more and more colour appearing in our interiors products and the choice of a bold Pantone colour for 2012 will further embrace this.

Pantone go through a very lengthy process to arrive at the colour of the year. The company looks worldwide for colour influences and draws inspiration from many sources. The entertainment industry has an influence, as do new artists – the looks on the catwalk and in fashion have input – and even major sporting events have some influence into the choice of colour of the year.

The good thing about Tangerine Tango is that it is a colour that can easily be used in interiors. The choice of Honeysuckle for 2011 was in reality fairly restrictive and I didn’t even think to use it when designing interiors. Tangerine Tango will be much easier to use and will bring a ray of sunshine to homes.

Tangerine and the colour orange in general has already started to appear more frequently on the high streets. Osborne and Little have the Wilde Carnation fabric available in five different colourways including burnt orange shown. It is from the same tonal range as Tangerine Tango and would be very easy to use in any interior. The Radio chair from John Lewis is available in a Tangerine colour and would bring a mixture of 1960’s styling and a 2012 colour to your home.

If you really love the colour you can even carry it around with you every day. has a tangerine iPhone cover that will show others just how on trend you are!

Let me know if you like Tangerine Tango, and do you think you will be using it in your home? I personally think it is a much better choice than Honeysuckle and can see myself using it through 2012 to add colour to the interiors I design.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 9, 2011 2:10 pm

    I could see this colour in a bold kitchen with some gloss units. What do you think?

    i actually have a red wall/cream-white unit kitchen scheme in a property, but it’s not as bold as this.

    • December 11, 2011 8:18 am

      Agreed, you could easily use it in a splashback to add colour to a plain white kitchen. The good thing about that is that it’s easily replaced if you tire of the colour.

  2. December 9, 2011 9:15 pm

    It definitely doesn’t resonate with me. It feel exhausted just thinking about the energy it exudes. I don’t think I could use it in a big way in my home as I would feel a bit hyperactive if I was surrounded by it, but maybe some small accents wouldn’t have quite the same effect.

    • December 11, 2011 8:17 am

      I think accents is the way to go with Tangerine Tango. A whole room would probably be a bit much!


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