Pantone 2012 Color Trends – Taming Tangerine Tango
Pantone Color of The Year, Tangerine Tango
A new year of color is at hand. For many of you, defining your space is over-complicated by the fact of trends, and by the feeling (and rightly so), that time is a limited commodity. While you may love design, it is only the hard-core DIY enthusiasts that relish the opportunity to re-do it again and again. Clearly, we are not well….but these thoughts are meant for those who wish to expedite decisions about applying color trends, and get it right the first time.
The first step in getting any look is to place yourself on the scale of color comfort. Generally speaking, the rule of opportunity for color in any stadard space is 60/30/10 – 60% of the opportunity to apply color being given over to the walls, 30% color opportunity vested in furnishings and 10% of color dedicated to accents. This is not a gospel interpretation but rather a loose structure upon which to base your color comfort zone.
Truth be told, the opportunity exists to saturate the room of your choice in 100% color
or feel the heat at 60% color (the space that 4 of your six walls occupy in a standard room), courtesy of richly colored walls,
Walls decked out in Pantone
maybe just dip your toes into these uncharted waters at the 10%
Some Tangerine accents from Midewest Living Magazine
represented by color accents and accessories. But these guidelines are subject to many levels of design sophistication and color saturation. Getting the flavor of a color, that while you respond to in theory, but are feeling uncertain of in application is easier than you may believe.
Pure Style Home, Elle Decor and Martha Stewart all find a Tangerine Comfort Zone
There are half-focal walls, trace amounts sprinkled into framed wall art, or even the creation of movable color zones, in the form of table stories that can be added or subtracted for entertaining. In addition to the option of adding personalized measures of of pure color, you can also elect to modify a shade that you are almost feeling, by tailoring a color to your own preference ( just as tailoring takes that great dress or jacket up a notch from its off-the-rack potential).
The color minds at Pantone are well aware that this courageous color is not a one-size-fits all – nor was it intended to be. Trends introduce the design element of tension, and are intended to challenge comfort zones. But they have acknowledged the fear shared by many by the color palette with which the signature color was introduced. Each color (below) has a function to the success of the whole. We have talked allot about gray and its absolute neutrality – a match made in color heaven for tangerine and marigold, with the Pièce de résistance of a crisp white to relieve and freshen the mix.
A first look – Pantone 2012 introduction of color of the year – image from a Pantone ad
While Tangerine is the antithesis of neutral, like any color it is malleable and can be made to be your staement. Indulge me for a moment….
Every art student must at some point hand in the obligatory black and white drawing and / or color gradation exercise, creating shades varying in value by percentage the percentage of white in the mix. It is an important building block in teaching an understanding of how to recognize and create contrast vs monochrome.
Here’s how it works in color – below is a screenshot from my computer. Pantone’s RGB is standardized, as are all colors in the Pantone system. The Pantone system standardized color for the print, fashion, home, and countless other industries so that it is represented identically in all those uses.
Pantone Tangerine’s RGB values
Shades of Tangerine Tango
By increasing the white value, it is possible and perfectly plausible to reinvent any shade to comply with your personal color comfort-zone. Above is an example of variations of Pantone Tangerine Tango on the light, lighter and lightest side. Does this variation still hold water as a “trend?”
Veranda’s House of Windsor – Designer Tara Shaw’s Room
Veranda Magazine thinks so – Veranda is a style source paralleled by only a handful of editorial contempories – but that is less important than your individual comfort zone!
Don’t be lured into the false belief that if you are not comfortable with vivid color applications that your taste is subsequently dull. A color palette in any range is as rich as the interest with which it is expressed. Texture, volume (dimensionality), surfaces and shapes bring great design to any color story.
Ending a year in color on the same note I began, please don’t be afraid to add, subtract, blend or manipulate trends to create your own personal signature. Trends are meant to inspire, not to dictate. Color is a celebration – don’t forget to have fun and celebrate in every room of your home!
T3 Dresser and Tangerine Lined Pendant Chandelier from Seascapes Lamps