Pantone Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango

A bold and vibrant color for 2012.

Right in the midst of the holiday season, Pantone announced its color of the year for 2012: Tangerine Tango.

This vibrant color is bold and bright – not for the weak of heart or bashful decorator!

But there’s really nothing to fear about eye-catching, dramatic colors. The trick is figuring out what works for your style and your home.

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®.

The Tangerine Tango color swatch.

“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.”


Dramatic, but true. As we saw at the Milan Furniture Fair last spring, bold pops of color on a canvas of neutrals like grays, whites and beiges can be striking and so pleasing to the eye.

It actually brings a smile to your face when you enter a calm space that has a zing of vibrant color!

Here are some examples from our collection of California Closets photos:

This teenager’s reach-in closet and desk system is functional; the colors are FUN.


This home office has a grounded, organic feeling that’s brightened by the pop of orange on the wall.


Rich and elegant dark colors are offset by a striking tangerine wall.

Sometimes, the pops of color are actually from your wardrobe!

What do you think of Pantone’s color of the year? Can you picture a pop (or more) of tangerine in any parts of your home?

Ginny Snook Scott California Closets

Ginny Snook Scott



Ginny Snook Scott is the Chief Design Officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.


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