Doing the Tangerine Tango

Tangerine Tango (gotta love that name!) is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2012!!  And you thought last years Honeysuckle was intense…ha!  Just saying the name Tangerine Tango puts me in a good mood.  Here’s what Pantone has to say about the color:

“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.” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Couldn’t have said it better myself!  How do we transfer that “radiant shading” to a paint color we can actually use?  So glad you asked!  Below I’ve selected similar paint colors from some of the leading, and readily available, paint manufacturers in the Twin Cities.

Now, let’s examine how some of the local Twin Cities interiors designers have used a similar Tangerine Tango color in their environments whether it be used as a small punch of energy, a complete permeation of the hue, or something in between.

Check it out!

As a small proportion accent uniting the furnishes with the artwork in this stunning room by Brandi Hagen of Eminent Interior Design, and photographed by Brian Droege Photography.

As a jolt of energy by saturating the periphery of the room with intense color, and keeping the majority of the furnishes more subdued in this whimsical room by Sandra Mangel of Sandra Mangel Interior Design.

You didn’t think I was going to forget about myself, now did you?  In this warm and inviting room, the punch of color is used on one entire piece of furniture creating a necessary interruption as well as integration in this otherwise blue and gold room by Susan E. Brown Interior Design and photographed by Lisa M. Bond.

Benjamin Moore – available at Hirshfields stores

Sherwin Williams – available at Sherwin-Williams stores

Behr – available at Home Depot

So, what do you think?  Ready to find a corner or a whole room that needs a bit of energy and personality?  I hope so, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!!

~~~  Susan ~~~

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