Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In Living Color - Tangerine Tango

tangerine tango
2012 Pantone Color of the Year
Have you heard what the 2012 Color of the Year is, according to Pantone? It's called Tangerine Tango, and if you've ever been in our house, you KNOW how happy and excited this news makes me. I'm finally on trend with something, and it's the hottest color of the year! :)

Don't you love the name? Tangerine Tango! According to a Pantone press release last month, "Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward."

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “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.” Don't you love how people describe things? It reminds me of the Seinfeld episodes where Elaine used to work for the J. Peterman company and how they would write these tangential descriptions for their catalogs...

Orange is such a happy color. I think that's why I'm so drawn to it for our home. My love for it started out innocently enough - many years ago when my husband and I were first married, my mother-in-law gave us several Fiestaware pieces in a beautiful shade of orange that they no longer make, and to this day I still love those pieces and have proudly displayed them in every home we've owned. Orange and I started heating up even more so about 5-6 years ago when I knitted a beautiful orange scarf during a girl's weekend trip to our friend Gail's cabin. I wore that scarf so much, I literally wore it out. I miss that scarf! It was that scarf that inspired me to paint our front entry wall and a dining room wall with a shade of orange almost identical to Tangerine Tango. Our front door is more red (yellow based red as opposed to blue based red), but I've been considering painting it again since it needs a new paint job, and I might just nudge the color over to Tangerine Tango. Over time, more orange-ish accessories made their way into our home since it went so well with our home decor, and...well, the rest is history. When combined with a neutral background of beiges and greens, the oranges and reddish-orange shades provide a nice pop of lively color without being too overwhelming. And after quite a few years now of living with such a vibrant color, I'm still not tired of it in part because it is balanced with soothing colors.

Reading this article about the 2012 Color of the Year got me thinking more about color and how it really affects people, so much so that there are studies on the psychology of color and the feelings and emotions that are associated with it. For instance, black is usually associated with power or something sinister, white is purity and innocence, red is hot, stimulating, and love, pink is sweet, blue is tranquil and creative, green is calming and refreshing, yellow is cheerful, orange is happy, and purple is luxurious. Consultants are paid a lot of money to choose colors for restaurants, hospitals, and mental health facilities, all designed to elicit a certain emotional response from people. I don't know much about all these studies and how they come to their conclusions, but I do know what I like. Some colors just speak to me more than others. We are drawn to certain colors, and our preferences for colors may change as we change, depending on where we are at in our lives.

I've always loved color, especially vibrant, saturated colors. I've painted walls in our homes more times than I care to admit, in just about every color imaginable. Paint is a fairly inexpensive way to make a big impact on a space. You can also inject color with accessories such as pillows, candles, throws, vases, and art work. Right now, the main colors in our home are greens, oranges, and reds with splashes of turquoise and aqua, all tempered with tans and browns. It's like tropical sunsets and beaches around here! Just the way I like it.

To commemorate the 2012 Color of the Year, I've gathered a few pictures from past blog posts that celebrate the color orange:

These are a Few of my Orange-y Things...
orange pot
Big Orange, my beloved cast iron pot. My favorite pot to cook with, it has provided many great meals for our family over the years.

orange and green pillow
 Orange and green pillow from our living room

orange butter crock
What is that, you say? It's a butter crock!

Love the colors of sunset in this artwork hanging above the TV in our family room - lots of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows.

orange and green color combination
One of my favorite color combinations - orange and green. 

Shades of oranges, reds, and yellows in this artwork in our living room.

DIY serving tray

My favorite arrangement of the summer from my garden in that lovely orange Fiestaware vase from my mother-in-law.

Bits of orange are scattered throughout our kitchen, tempered by warm tans and greens.

Fiestaware fruit bowl from our kitchen counter

Li Hing Margarita from our trip to Kaua'i, a beautiful shade of sunset. I'm so drawn to these colors!

You can see our wall color in the background of this Halloween 2011 pic. It's almost the same shade as Tangerine Tango.

Check out these ideas for the home using the Tangerine Tango shade of orange. I want the vase and the candle. Oh, and the elephant tea towel!
home ideas tangerine tango
Image and article from the
It's about time this beautiful vibrant color is recognized. It's not just for fall seasonal decorating any more! Orange makes me happy.

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