Every year, Pantone releases what it determines to be the color of the year. Last year, Pantone’s 2011 Color of the Year was Honeysuckle.  In 2010, Turquoise was the Color of the Year.

For 2012, the Pantone Color of the Year is Tangerine Tango — a bright and lively shade of orange.

Founded in 1963, Pantone began as a system to identify and match colors, which led to a standardized color book. Today, the color-matching system serves creative industries across the board.

Described as a “high-visibility, magnetic hue,” expect to see Tangerine Tango appear in fashion, cosmetics, and even home decor.

According to Pantone, Tangerine Tango adds a “dynamic burst of energy” to the home if used sparingly in home accessories such as in pillows, bedspreads, and art. Or, perhaps painted on one wall of a room.

Unsure about such a bright color in your house? We rounded up a few examples for inspiration.

20085 Cottagewood Ave, Excelsior MN
For sale: $899,900

If you’re nervous about putting a lot of orange in your home, try little touches of the shade. This Minnesota lake home for sale brightens an all-white kitchen with touches of red-orange in the chair and organizational folders.

1521 W 29th St, Austin TX
For sale: $589,900

A darker version of the sassy red-orange shade pops against the white framework in this Austin home listing. With a white ceiling for contrast, the end result is bright and just right.

3385 Jackson St, San Francisco CA
For sale: $8,000,000

A formal living room doesn’t need to be stuffy, as proven in this San Francisco home for sale. These tangerine-color arm chairs lift an ordinary room up a notch.


About the Author

Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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