Hue to Tango

 In Culture, Feature

Tangerine Tango is the bold, new color stepping right off the runways and into your home.


Every year, the Pantone Color Institute has the daunting task of choosing the Color of the Year. The organization scours the latest runway and home shows to see what’s hot, what’s fashion-forward and what shoppers won’t be able to get enough of in the next few months. The organization also adds psychology into the equation—considering the specific emotions a certain color can elicit. True to its name, the Tangerine Tango 2012 Color of the Year is vibrant, warm and bursting with energy.

The statement this bold color can make was proven on the runways by the likes of Sita Murta Tommy Hilfiger and Elie Tahari, who turned to Tangerine Tango to spice up their latest collections. But, the red-orange power hue works just as well off the runway—it just takes some balance.

Pamela Calvert of Savvy Surrounding Style says the key to incorporating a vibrant color like Tangerine Tango is starting with a neutral base: think gray, beige or brown. A clean palette is crucial, as is utilizing a variety of accessories where Tangerine Tango can shine. Vases, pillows and frames are just a few of many that can work, but any infusion of the hot, new color is sure to revitalize a tired-looking room that’s ready to emerge from winter hibernation. “Spring is an excellent time to freshen your home with a beautiful pop of runway color,” Calvert says. We couldn’t agree more.

[1] Light My Fire The gradient of oranges and fringe may be too loud for the cautious decorator, but don’t let appearances fool you. Set against your favorite neutral sofa, this pillow  can provide just the right amount of spark. Good Works, 314.726.2233.

[2] Budding Idea These bud vases might be miniature, but in a group, they present the perfect amount of punch. Niche, 314.621.8131.

[3] Old is New The Monk Vase makes Tangerine Tango look chic and sophisticated by accenting it with black. The design is reminiscent of ancient pottery, but with a modern-day finish. Niche, 314.621.8131.

[4] Center of Attention Spread light and energy with these candlesticks that are sure to complement any dinner party. Use them as centerpieces, and maximize their potential by choosing place settings with Tangerine Tango accents. Savvy Surrounding Style, 314.432.7289.

[5] Let There Be Light The Boka table lamp’s clean lines and simple shape let Tangerine Tango do all the work. The lamp’s structured shade in ivory provides the perfect complement to the bold base. Crate and Barrel, 314.725.6380.

[6] Flower Power This tall, thin Tangerine Tango vase will breathe life into your flowers and home. The chiseled neck adds a design element that keeps the vase from being just one note. Savvy Surrounding Style, 314.432.7289.

[7] Well-Read Now there’s a place for all of those magazines you have scattered around the house. This unique magazine and supply stand will faithfully store your rags while adding a touch of color to any room—it’s multi-tasking at its best. Centro Modern Furnishings, 314.454.0111.



Light My Fire


Budding Idea


Old is New


Center of Attention


Let There Be Light


Flower Power




Photo credit: Carmen Troesser

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