Tangerine: The New IT Color?

On Saturday I blogged about accent walls.  This morning I found this image of a tangerine colored accent wall that looks quite yummy!

Image found here

According to Ben Moore blogger Leigh-Ann Allaire, “There’s a fun and fiery little hue that has recently burst onto the design scene in a BIG way and nabbed major attention in the worlds of both fashion and decor alike…”

Leigh-Ann writes:

Described by some as vivacious, exotic, sophisticated, and even spirited, this colour has single-handedly invaded our closets, crept into our kitchens, taken us for a joy ride, and even kissed a cheek or two!

Pin pointing a colour trend isn’t always an easy task, but when you start to see a tasty colour like tangerine transition so seamlessly into various industries, it’s pretty safe to say that it’s made a mark.  But is it really a trend?  Or could it be that tangerine has been lingering in my fan deck all along as a classic??

See, long before tangerine tango’d its way onto the design industry dance floor, I fondly associated the hue with an iconic Parisian high fashion house established in 1837…. Hermes!

There has always been something so delectably chic about those beautiful orange pinstriped boxes…

And how can you not fall in love with this stunningly classic orange-tastic space inspired by the boxes themselves!

Regardless of whether you file TANGERINE under “Trendy” or “Classic”, would you dare to add a dash or a splash in your own home?

Just a DASH…

Painted Trim

Make a Bold Entrance’

Accent Walls & Colour Blocking

Painted Furniture

Make a SPLASH…

Like Leigh-Ann says, “There’s no doubt that tangerine is currently hot on the design scene! But the big question is…Are you into it, or over it?”


Harry Stearns Painting

This blog post and images (unless otherwise noted) have been excerpted from Benjamin Moore’s Color Chats. Click here to see complete post.


The Tangerine Tango

Every year Pantone – known as the leading authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries – chooses a Color of the Year.  The 2012 color is Tangerine Tango, PANTONE 17-1463, described as a “spirited reddish orange.”

According to the official announcement, the deep red-orange color is intended to give us all a big energy boost; a refresh and a recharge. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Institute tells us more about the choice for 2012:

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.

Image found here.