And the Color of the Year for 2012 Is …

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

It’s bold, bright–and orange. Tangerine Tango is this year’s color of the year, according to the Pantone Color Institute. The reddish orange color takes the place as this year’s hot hue replacing last year’s reddish pink Honeysuckle.

Need an extra energy boost or an attention-getter in a room? Then Tangerine Tango is your pick, according to Pantone.

Yet, “sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a statement. “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.”

Orange has grown in popularity the last few years in fashion. But before you start swapping out orange for everything in home interiors so you can be on trend, recall some of of our previous posts at Styled Staged & Sold: “Orange You Glad You Removed the Carpet?” or “Is That House Orange?! Eyesores Reach New Levels.” This year’s color of the year is best done in moderation when it comes to home interiors.

Photo Credit: Pantone Color Institute

For example, patterned home accessories featuring the color can add an extra pop to pillows, bedspreads, or tabletop accessories. Or, some home owners are even choosing the orange color for kitchen appliances for an extra colorful touch. Or, Pantone suggests, maybe even a painted accent wall in Tangerine Tango can create “a dynamic burst of energy in the kitchen, entryway, or hallway.”

So has any one incorporated the orange hue when staging properties?

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Why not Supra iBox blue?! 🙂

  2. Hi Melissa, thanks for sharing I just love the burnt orange look and the brightness and powerful impact of the new 2012 color favorites. For me the more color the better and yes they look amazing for staging and redesigning homes.
    Have a fabulous year
    Louise Henry
    Pair Home Design

  3. I’m glad you mentioned the color can be added in doses like the accent walls, accessories, etc. This keeps it fresh and within a budget, if needed.

  4. Finally! I have been saying orange is “the color” for years.

  5. mahnaz

    woowowowowowo nice color … i like this color… and i like to were orange color with white and block colores