Dancing the Tangerine Tango

I recently went shopping with a friend who needed a dress for a fancy party.  We found a great one that had silver sequins on it, but she couldn’t get another one out of her head.

It was a one-shouldered gown in a beautiful shade of deep orange.

This color, officially named Tangerine Tango, is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2012.  Every year a color is released by this premier color institute as what is the most representative trend color for the following year. What I found funny was that it was named as an upcoming trend color by the crafts company “Stampin’ Up” back in 2008, which has since made it part of its permanent line.


Here is why Pantone picked this deep reddish orange:

“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.”

So you’d better believe you will see more of this color in the future.

Another reason it works for NOW is that it goes well with blues, greens, turquoises and of course the go-to neutral for the 2010s decade, gray.

Maria Killam did a great post about the trending colors for the past 5 years here on her blog.

You can even see combinations of the past few years all together:

  • 2008 “Blue Iris” – a deep blue
  • 2009 “Mimosa” – a medium yellow that’s not too bright
  • 2010 “Turquoise” – exactly what is says!
  • 2011 “Honeysuckle” a watermelon pink that is not too fuschia

Here is one of the Missoni for Target bowls that I somehow found hidden behind some towels the day after the big launch that crashed Target’s website and sold out in many stores… notice any color trends?

I see Blue Iris, Mimosa, and Tangerine Tango all together!

Crate and Barrel and CB2 are also featuring this color in their upholstery and pillows.


Source: cb2.com via Mox on Pinterest


The other important thing to note is that while it is an orange, which is often considered an ‘earth tone’ type color, this time the orange is clean and not “dirty”, like when you take a color and add dirt to it!  That is why it looks good with all those other bright, clean colors.

In other words, this is not the brownish “pumpkin orange” that goes well with olive drab green, brown, and mustard yellow.

I am now a “True Color Expert” after completing my workshop last week!  I am excited to bring you more information about this in the future.  For now, I leave you with one more Tangerine Tango photo from my yard, which I have just finished landscaping!

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