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Pantone Color of 2012 Tangerine Tango Interview

Learning More About Tangerine Tango, Pantone's Color of the Year: An Interview With Leatrice Eiseman

Each year Pantone, the global authority on color, reveals its choice for the color of the year, signaling the color direction for interior design, fashion, cosmetics, and graphic design. This year, the color is Tangerine Tango, a vibrant shade that will breathe new life into 2012's color palettes. I recently chatted with Pantone's resident color guru, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, about what the color means for the new year. Let's learn more about Tangerine Tango!

CasaSugar: Were there any major influences that contributed to Pantone's decision on Tangerine Tango for 2012?
Leatrice Eiseman: The Color of the Year selection process is very thoughtful and time consuming. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films that are in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations, and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention.

CS: What colors do you suggest pairing Tangerine Tango with?
LE: It goes well with many colors that make for unexpected combinations. For example, pair it with an elegant wine color, such as Syrah or a Rhubarb Red. It's great with a slightly greenish blue, like Vallarta, or a hot pink called Cabaret for a retro look. Of course, it's always great with warm taupey tans like Tiger's Eye, and a special favorite of mine is a deep yellow green called Winter Moss. And there is the summertime staple of White Alyssum and Tangerine Tango.

Keep reading for more tips on decorating with Tangerine Tango and more gorgeous photos!

CS: How would you use Tangerine Tango as an accent in a room?
LE: Energize interior spaces with Tangerine Tango patterned home accessories. Pillows, bedspreads, and tabletop accessories in this high-impact hue will add spice to any room.

CS: How would you suggest using it as the main wall color?
LE: Use it as a dramatic background wall, especially behind a neutral color in a sofa. Then you can pick up some orange in your pillows, lampshade, and area rug.

CS: What rooms do you think are perfectly suited for this color?
LE: : No question, the dining room and kitchen as it helps to make them look more delicious.

CS: What spirit or emotion does this color convey?
LE: Tangerine Tango is a vivacious and enticing hue. It is 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 adrenalin rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.

CS: What are some creative ways you can imagine this color being used in a home?
LE: It's a perfect front door color — inviting and vivacious at the same time and then extend it into an entryway or a hallway. Its friendliness is impossible to resist.

CS: What designers are gravitating toward this color?
LE: : Jonathan Adler, Pottery Barn, Serena & Lily, and CB2.

CB2's Blood Orange Pouf ($90) shown below.

CS: Have you used this color in your own wardrobe or home?
LE: Absolutely. I have it sprinkled throughout my entire wardrobe, including accessories — just bought two new bags and a pair of suede boots in the color! I have used it in my home in both kitchen and dining room, on the front porch, and outside deck.


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