December 9, 2011

2012 color trends, pantone

Yesterday Pantone Color Institute, a.k.a. the world’s color authority in fashion and home, crowned “Tangerine Tango” as 2012’s Color of the Year.

So what does this mean for us? We can expect to find an abundance of this zesty reddish orange in the upcoming Spring and Fall Fashion Collections as well as in cosmetics, paints, home decor fabrics, and accessories. Pantone Color Institute’s executive director, Leatrice Eiseman reports,

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it…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.” 

via m design interiors

Tangerine is one of those colors that looks great with almost everything, doesn’t it. Above, the duotoned drapery makes a great impact against rich, chocolate brown walls. They, combined with the artwork and patterned ottoman, are what takes this room from good to great.

At the moment, I’m smitten with the combination of tangerine and fuchsia:

I could start with using them as pillow accents…
pillows by Villa Home Collection

…and use them against a neutral backdrop as seen in this bedroom designed by Janice Palmer. She created this showstopping suite in the Atlanta Symphony Associates Decorators’ Show House and Gardens last May. Click here to see the rest of the space and my exclusive interview with her.

I can’t mention the new color without listing the previous selections from the past years. Many of the trends are still going strong, especially turquoise.

PANTONE 19-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)

Does tangerine already exist in your home and wardrobe? If not, how will you use tangerine in the upcoming year?

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Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. Chic Coles Says:

    Great color. It will add an element of excitement to the fashion and design world.


  2. Debbie at Vintage Scout Interiors Says:

    I love it! It's a great color with neutrals or other brights.


  3. Sing Says:

    A beautiful lively color.



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