Pantone Color 2012: Tangerine Tango…What Inspires the color?

It is a new year and with this brings new beginnings.  “Tangerine Tango” was elected the new color of the year. Pantone may be giving us an underlying message that revolves around the color orange.  A new year means new resolutions and new attitudes.  Having a positive outlook on the coming year can only make it better! 

So what Inspires the color Orange?

The Psychology of the color states that orange is used to create a happy, energetic, warm, organic environment. When a color emotes such a  positive outlook this could encourage you to be more positive in your life when you embrace the color.  Adding orange to your life in interior space, wardrobe, and little accessories here and there will grab the attention of those around you and help you to feel more optimistic.    It is well-known that orange is one of the brightest colors on the color spectrum.  It puts out a vibe that states you are ambitious and look at the world with a “new dawn in attitude”. This is the perfect way to start the new year!

Why is Orange considered an Organic Color?

The color orange is derived from the orange fruit .  It was introduced into the English language around the 1500’s and before then was referred to as “yellow-red”.  You can find the color in the sky’s horizon,  in nature’s landscape, and some of the oldest religious ceremonies in the world.  Some examples are:

Nature’s Landscape

Arches National Park- UTAH

Traditional Ceremonies

The Color orange has a wide array of natural elements which gives it the sense of being organic.  Even with different areas of culture inspiring the design style, orange is always viewed in the captured photographs as being a happy, positive enlightened color. So how do I use this knowledge of the color orange to create a more positive living environment? First, you must develop what type of look you are trying to accomplish. a. Trendy


c. Motivating

One thing that  all of these rooms have in common is that orange is used as an accent in the room. If you decide to use orange as the main color in the room, you will be making a very bold statement which could be too overwhelming.  So instead of creating a huge orange wall, try incorporating the color in accessories, pillows and small objects.  In order to subdue the color, you may want to pick a pattern that has orange incorporated with neutral color such as grey or beige or a darker color such as navy blue.  When you use white furniture instead of dark black furniture, it gives orange a more contemporary warm feel.  Using dark wood furniture in the room may come across as a “Halloween feel” if you do not incorporate white or a lighter color in the living space somehow.  If you are someone who is looking to go green, in a orange way…  Try recycling an old chair or piece of furniture.  Painted furniture is a great way to add excitement in a room.  When designing a room many designers look for that special piece that will grab the viewer’s attention.  So a suggestion for the do it yourself designer is to look for an old piece of furniture that has great lines.  Go to your local paint store for orange acrylic paint, find a shade you really love and give that old piece of furniture a new life.  Some examples of recycled furniture are below:

Creating and Overall Image like below:

As you can see the color orange can be used in many ways in your home. There is a reason it is the color of the year. Try it in pillows, accessories and bedding if an orange piece of furniture is just too much for you. It adds excitement, fun, optimism and positive vibes to any room!    For more information about designing or where to get custom looks like these please visit our website:

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Written By: Erica Guajardo

Edited By: Linda Decuir


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