A Fresh Start: Pantone Colour Of The Year 2012

The colour gurus have spoken, as they do every year, scanning the spectrum to anoint one colour that they predict will make a splash in the months ahead.

And for 2012, they say it is bright orange or “Tangerine Tango,” as the Pantone Colour Institute has dubbed its “Color of the Year.”

Tangerine Tango is a “spirited reddish orange” that will give us “the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward,” according to Pantone.

Here are a few tips to consider when adding it to your home decor. 

If you like bright orange, a little goes a long way. Try it on an accent wall, bedding, window treatments, or accessories.


Urban Outfitters
Martha Stewart

When matching orange with wood tones – adding a touch of white to the room will make it pop. Pick the orange you like best — then dial it down a shade or two before painting.


Go bold on furniture. Orange looks perfect with white. It will give your room energy.


Mix a few shades of orange together as well as using patterns along with some solid fabrics.The mix will create one very happy space.

Tobi Fairley