Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pantone's colour of the year

Pantone founded in 1963, began as a system to identify and match colors, which led to a standardized color book. Each year Pantone announces its colour of the year which influences various design industries including fashion, textiles and  paint.   The colour of the year 2012 is...

Tangerine Tango

Pantone noted that Tangerine Tango  is "Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive". Certainly it is dramatic and more red than orange with lots of depth.  Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute," said  it is  "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."
You certainly would need to have a love of vibrancy to paint your walls this colour. I'm not that adventurous in my own home.  I see it being used in home decor accessories, e.g.,   pillows, bedspreads and tabletop accessories.
Similar Benjamin Moore (my favourite brand) colours would be:

 tawny daylily 2012-10
tomato red 2010-10
redstone 2009-10

So... let's tango

 You could go for it and paint your walls.  I like the way this red orange looks with a soft white (not too much yellow) to tame it down.


or choose it  in a chair 

It looks fresh in pillows and a duvet cover. 

Patterned wallpaper used with cream and a bold black creates a stunning effect. 

How about a vibrant night table, sculptures and pillows, 

or a patterned headboard

or beautifully patterned bowls?
Ashlee Raubach 

Doesn't it look great paired with blues? 

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