Pantone Colour of the Year 2012 - Tangerine Tango

  “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.”

Proceed with caution is my advice.  According to colour psychology, orange increases energy levels which is why it is often used in gyms, but it is hardly the colour to create a calm and relaxing home.  There are however several ways to use orange in interiors.

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By all means use it on the wall.  Paint is easy and inexpensive to change when fashion dictates change.  I think I could only live with it however,  if everything else in the room was soothing, and pattern was kept to a minimum.

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Less is more.  One or two items in the room in orange is just enough and these two chairs are not dominating the colour scheme of this room but are complimenting it.

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One big bold item in orange can really lift a room and make it sing.

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Stick to orange on the soft furnishings.  Again inexpensive and easy to change with the seasons.

Are you brave enough for it?

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