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It is always interesting to see the Pantone’s pick for “Color of the Year”.  Drumroll please – the color of the year for 2012 is….


Tangerine Tango

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 vicariousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

Searching the web, here are some on the newest images using Tangerine:


Accent wall


Bath accessories

Wedding theme

 home accessories

Geo Bedding duvet cover
Zigzag printed rug
Moroccan-inspired embroidered pillow

Electrify electronics

tangerine-hued KitchenAid mixer
DeLonghi espresso maker

Touch of tangerine

A darker version of the sassy red-orange shade pops against the white framework.

These tangerine-color arm chairs lift an ordinary room up a notch.

A pop of tangerine with deep teal

Interesting combination, tangerine, yellow/green, deep teal and a touch of gray

Carpet by Serge Lesage.

Pop of orange against all this beautiful teal. . .

What do you think of the choice?  Are you ready to try the “tangerine tango”?  In some ways, I’m reminded of the colors on the 70’s. . . you may remember harvest gold, avocado green and orange.

While I will never wear an entire outfit of tangerine, nor will I make an entire orange quilt, I may use a pop of it here and there.


My buddy, Mark Hordyszynski has a new look for his blog.  Mark is a fabric designer( he is the designer of Fairy Frost!),  has his own digital embroidery line, is a writer and a chef.  I could go on and on and on. . . .

I just love reading his blog and wanted to share it with you.


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