Friday, January 6, 2012

2012 Color of the Year

Tangerine Tango
Did you see that coming?
Yes, Pantone named Tangerine Tango as color of the year for 2012.
I have to say it does not surprise me as I've seen a lot of orange around lately.
Last year remember the color of the year was honeysuckle which was really a bold pink.
The year before the color was turquoise.
I  have both pink and turquoise in my home and seriously considered painting a small table orange 
last summer but went with periwinkle instead.
(I thought for sure periwinkle was going to be this year's color)
Orange is not a favorite color of mine but I have to admit a little of it can really liven up a room.

Just look at how exciting that punch of orange is in that neutral space shown above.
It adds excitement to what would be a rather bland space otherwise.
Same here...the orange touches really make this room a wow.
The color makes a room that might other wise look too formal...exciting!
It looks great mixed with blue.
Even an orange sofa looks fresh.
Yes, orange and turquoise is a winning combination.
Just a touch looks modern and fresh.
I even like this whole room of it.

This is a color I wouldn't think I'd really want in my home but I love all these examples
so maybe it might find it's way in.

Orange pillows on my pink sofa? Perhaps. I love orange and pink together.
Will you be adding the 2012 color of the year to your home?


Rebecca Palm* Gallimaufry Photography* said...

I have an orange wall in my home. It is my favorite color. It is so bright and happy!

Syndi of Beachnut Lane said...

I see it being used widely in accessories: pillows, lamps, wall art, drapes and less as paint for a whole room. It can be overwhelming, the kind of trendy color that is in one year, out the next. I recently did a post on combining Tangerine Tango with Benjamin Moore's color of the year: Wythe Blue. Check it out @ Beachnut Lane

Ginger Zuck said...

I love the color orange! I like the splashes of the color in the rooms. I would be so afraid I would get tired of it if too much!

LeAnn said...

Well you know I love orange. I have touches of orange in my kitchen and I have an orange wall in my lr/dr. It makes me happy and it is great paired with blues.

Bella said...

I have a living room and bed room with chocolate brown, orange and turquiose. I have loved that combination for years and am incorporating it into my other rooms.

TiKiMOOSE said...

I have orange in my India themed livingroom, but it's sort of a burnt orange, does that count?
Those examples you have are wonderful, I like that orange couch!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

My daughter (14) must know what's going on as she picked this as her accent color in her room. I will have to share when it is all done.

Anonymous said...

Orange is the Brady Bunch at Denny's in 1972.

It's merely this year's burlap, crown, subway sign, feed sack, stenciled lettering. Or is it? I can't really see it replacing the barely there neutrals that are all over blogland. Kinda hard to "punch up" Belgian country style with orange. Huh uh.

Homes should not reflect trends. They should reflect the lives and interests of their occupants. If people really liked the color orange (all on their own, without being influenced) you would see more of it in their personal clothing. And you don't.

I'm not biting, and few people will.

MommaMindy said...

Not orange! :)

I love vintage, but the earlier colors of red and the light green. I'm even getting into the avacado green of the 70's I hated as a newlywed in the 80's. Go figure.

I'm not a color person at all, trying to decide if I'm brave enough to paint the dining room green.

Cindy said...

You're right, orange is a great color. It looks fabulous with turquoise, and even pink. I'd love to see orange pillows on your pink sofa.
Hugs, Cindy

oldblackcatboo said...

I like Orange when its vibrant Orange like the image with the Madonna photo and then only when mixed with Black and White.
Or maybe Hot Pink.
If it's a Peach color pretending to be Orange, well I HATE Peach. I would never use a color because it's popular, in fact that would be a good enough reason to me, not to.
I'd rather just focus on what I like and I know that when I see it.
:) - Cindi

Sharon in Chicago said...

I'm with you, Nita, thinking that a shade of purple or a deep periwinkle would be THE color for 2012. Ah well, there's always next year! I do think orange pillows w your pink sofa would be fun though. And then a bouquet w blue violet flowers and just a few orange roses on your table by your glorious periwinkle door! said...

Hi Nita, Love this post as I am a HUGE orange lover, have been for years. I don't decorate in it, but I've been wearing it as my favorite color for as long as I can remember. In style, or not! Have a lovely rest of the weekend, Carol

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Love the pop of color in the first picture and tangerine is such a fresh and pretty color.

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite combinations - has been for years - is salmon and lavender. The walls in my den are a gorgeous shade of lavender (at certain times of day when the light is just right, if I'm passing the room I have to stop and lean against the doorway and just look at the loveliness) and my valances are vintage silk moire table runners in salmon, and salmon is in vintage florals elsewhere. Gorgeous.

Not in-your-face as orange can be. I like some of the examples you show, but while I like them, I couldn't live with them. I need softer, quieter shades in my personal space.

Love your blog by the way! Thank you!


Kit said...

Oooo, I am loving the orange. I love orange splashes in the Fall but find it a bit too glaring the other times of the year. Kit

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I just don't know about this one....I don't think honeysuckle went over as well last year, although I think that the turquoise was a big hit in 2010.

I must be ahead of the curve because I did wallpaper one wall in my art studio in a print with lots of orange in it. That is so not like me because I am not an orange lover, but I still love the wallpaper.

I was playing around on the Benjamin Moore website last night, and I love their color of the year, Wythe Blue. I might write a post about it later this week. I am trying to decide on a color for our guest room.

Ricki Jill

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