Pantone Color of 2012: Tangerine Tango

Whether it be fashion, interiors, print, or web, if you’re a follower of the design world, you know that every December the new Pantone Color for the next year is announced.  And as it is every year, the “IT color to come” was just announced and the “viviacious, enticing hue” for 2012 is PANTONE® 17-1463 Tangerine Tango.  Not a complete surprise, this bold and bright color has been a favorite of the design industry for many years.  Similarly to last year’s Honeysuckle hue, Tangerine Tango is striking, daring, and vibrant.

The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.

“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.”

Let’s take a look at some inspirational tantalizing tangerine…

A modern living room with tangerine and turquoise designed by Tobi Fairley seen in the Energy House.  Tobi is a pioneer in the Interior Design industry and tangerine is seen in MANY of her breathtakingly beautiful interiors!

Varying shades of reds, oranges, and tangerines by Southern Accents in this living room

Tangerine accents paired with last year’s Honeysuckle and Turquoise via HGTV blog

Tangerine has been seen in fashion and interiors over the past years.  Pantone says,

Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity and acceptance among designers and consumers alike. A provocative attention-getter, Tangerine Tango is especially appealing in men’s and women’s fashion. Fashion designers featured in the PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2012, including Tommy Hilfiger, Nanette Lepore, Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney, Elie Tahari and Adrienne Vittadini, are incorporating this attractive orange into their spring collections. A fun, lively take on a traditional autumnal hue, Tangerine Tango will surely carry through to fall fashion as well.

Before being Pantone’s color for 2012, Tangerine was named Spring’s hottest color for 2012 by Lonny Mag.  This eye-catching interior by Christian Leone seen in Lonny Magazine Sep/Oct 2011 issue, is a striking and bold space.

Perfect for any indoor or outdoor space, this trellis rug available at Shades of Light is soft on the feet and a fun addition to any setting.

Moroccan coffee table via Apartment Therapy

Tangerine Tango for Interiors

Energize interior spaces with Tangerine Tango patterned home accessories. Pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories in this high-impact hue add spice to any room. Or incorporate Tangerine Tango appliances and personal electronics for an unexpected pop of color. Looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home? Paint a wall in Tangerine Tango for a dynamic burst of energy in the kitchen, entryway or hallway.

Tangerine Tango products are also available from Chronicle Books (publisher of “Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color” and creator of Pantone paperback journals), Dessy (a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid, social-occasion and flower-girl dresses), MyColor inspired by Pantone (a spirited new collection of grab-and-go paints), PANTONE PAINTS (Pantone’s line of superior-quality, eco-friendly paint), Rickshaw of San Francisco (lightweight and stylish messenger bag created especially for Pantone) and W2 (creator of the iconic PANTONE Chip mug).

Varying shades of tangerine

Subtle, yet eye-catching Tangerine accents in the window treatments and the wall art via Traditional Home

Rustic and chic dining room with touches of tangerine added to the walls and the slipcovered chairs via Lorraine G Vale

Gray backdrop filled with Tangerine pillows and artwork via Lonny Mag

Barbara Barry, an icon in the Interior Design industry, shares a peak of her LA-based office.  The one added piece in the space is the gorgeous, yet simple Tangerine colored Hermes box – what a striking piece to brighten the space.

“My office is white and clean and without decoration–a blank canvas on which to create,” says Barbara. The only must-have items in the office? Fresh flowers from the garden. Open space. And sunlight–plenty of sunlight.

Another gorgeous space designed by Toby Fairley features many energetic and striking tangerine elements.

Light pastels are accented with tangerine via Tobi Fairley

How is the Pantone color selected?

The color of the year selection is a very thoughtful process. To arrive at the selection, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

For more than a decade, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past colors include:

  • PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
  • PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
  • PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
  • PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
  • PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
  • PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
  • PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
  • PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
  • PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
  • PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
  • PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
  • PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

Tangerine fabric seen in a Neclassical setting

Modern accents against a neutral backdrop

Quiet embellishments of tangerine in the table and crisp window treatments via Martha Stewart

BRIGHT and BOLD Honeysuckle and Tangerine stripes in a hallway via Elle Decor.   Would you enjoy this energizing look in your home?

LOVE printable with tangerine background against primary colored striped wallpaper via Made by Girl shop

Soft and subtle tangerine accents in an organic style nursery space by Jesseca of Modern Baby Company featured on Project Nursery

White walls filled with photos in gold frames accented with a tangerine front door via Elle Decor

Tangerine is an accent color on the back of this light-blue colored built-in cabinet in this sitting space

Tangerine colored walls are a gorgeous backdrop to crisp, white chairs and window treatments via Better, Homes, and Gardens

This Moroccan style living room is filled with vibrant and exotic pillows in tangerine hues

I guess I was close with my prediction of the color for 2012…  Tangerine Tango is a friendly, bold, and exotic color that can add an unexpected statement to a space.  Is this a hue that you would add to your interiors?

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  1. Emma says

    Hi Jenna, what is the BLUE color on the wall in the last photo above “Moroccan style living room”. I LOVVEEEE it! so far along with black, it does magic to the tangerine tango

  2. Latriece says

    Tangerine screams excitement. Love your blog showing all the different ways this can be used. I’ve directed many of my clients to view this blog. You did an outstanding job on this one. Love it.

    • Jenna says

      Thank you so much Latriece, how sweet of you! Isn’t tangerine just a awesome and fun color? It’ll be interesting to see how much of an influence it’ll be over the coming year! xo Jenn

  3. Vicki Daker says

    Hi, I’m totally inspired by your website- its gorgeous! I am an immigrant who just got my green card YAY, my decor style is modern. I have crawled the Web for hours tryingto find a citrus/tangerine/orange
    Sofa set consisting of a 3 piece and 2 love seats. I want deep seating and highish backs that I can rest my head on while watching television. I’m out of ideas, where can I get this from. I’d like to sit on one (any color) to feel if its comfortable, before ordering it in my color