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.