Dare to Tango- The Year’s Top Color is Easy to Incorporate into Decor
Written by Dana Todd
Feeling brave? High energy? Daring? Playful? You might think these are the traits of a homeowner who would go so far as to include the vibrant orangey hue of Pantone’s color of the year, Tangerine Tango, in a home design project.
Surprisingly, some of Austin’s interior designers have discovered ways to incorporate the tangerine colourway in rooms that express modern sophistication, where energy and subtleness co-exist.
Heed the Siren Call of Subtlety Muted, subtle design may not be the first thought that comes to mind when you think about adding orange to your décor. The color, however, can be surprisingly subdued when used in conjunction with the appropriate accent colors.
“Tangerine is a great accent color, especially for contemporary design,” says Stephanie Villavicencio, RI D, ASI D, of Bella Villa Design Studio, who has assimilated the color into a few homes she recently designed. She used Sherwin Williams 6601, “Tanager,” for adding lush color in a dining room and living room for an added hint of a red undertone. “It’s not used as an accent in this instance, but it is a more toned down application,” she says.
When Villavicencio designed the living room of the Symphony Showhouse 2010 at The Austonian, she relied on a slightly brighter shade of tangerine on throw pillows and an accent chair to enliven the space. “Tangerine has been used throughout the years but is not like the avocado green of the ‘70s that obviously went out of style,” Villavicencio says.
“It is good for people who like bright colors because it is a lasting color. Still, when a color is this bright, use it in smaller portions through accessories. Then you can change it when you grow tired of it.”
Uplifting yet relaxing is how designer Sharon Radovich, Principal of Panache Interiors, describes the effect of an Austin home she designed for a couple who explicitly requested orange throughout the house. “It’s an uncommon color request,” says Radovich, who managed to work in tangerine in most rooms and the outdoor living space. Using hints of Sherwin Williams 6887, “Navel,” Radovich highlighted the recessed dining room wall, producing a modern, artistic backdrop for cobalt dining chairs and ultramodern pendant lights.
Working her way through the house with associate Julie Francis, the Panache team continued to accent inthe tangerine colourway, sometimes using quite a bit of it without jarring the subtle aesthetic. Even in large doses, such as in the upstairs entertainment room, they managed to keep the tone restrained, yet stimulating. A custom built pool table with orange cloth and “Fire Swamp” Maniscalco Aussie Dream glass tile on the legs, echoing tile on the fireplace surround, and racing stripes on the wall in Sherwin Williams 6886 “Invigorate” showcase color but still appear restful to the eye.
Splashes of tangerine introduce excitement into rooms without overcommittment. In the Austin home’s office, Radovich worked a tangerine compact sleeper sofa into the
corner with a matching bolster pillow, unifying it with lime green chairs snuggled up to a tangerine color-topped tripod table. A kicky tangerine and aqua rug completes the trifecta.
A kitchenette on the other side of the room showcases Anthropologie coral cabinet knobs and a recycled glass backsplash from EnviroGLAS.
Use Color Outdoors
Tangerine is easy to incorporate into outdoor settings, where it is naturally effervescent mingling with flowers and other natural elements. In the Austin home, Radovich used tangerine throw pillows and ceramic side tables as accents on the outdoor deck to provide continuity.
In a San Diego design project, she boldly hung tangerine curtains ready-made from Sunbrella fabric and coordinated with off-the-shelf seat cushions from HomeGoods to bring an exotic air to an outdoor patio. A dark rug and neutral walls, echoed in similarly colored furniture, help tone down the space to make it feel relaxed and not over-invigorating.
Neutral is often tangerine’s best friend, balancing the room and grounding it. Neutrals can enliven an Old World palette.
“Taupes and browns work best with a bright tangerine,” says Villavicencio, “as well as muted lime green.” Go Full-Color If a homeowner is reaching for the “wow” factor, tangerine can sizzle when paired with the right brights. Radovich uses this technique in entryways, where knockout designs are noticed.
In a sassy home renovation project, she painted an entry wall in a mango hue (Benjamin Moore “Mango Punch” 154) punctuated with equally vibrant colors on an Oggetti mosaic tile drum pendant light and tabletop accessories grounded with neutral floors and furniture.
Radovich has been using orange tones regularly in her work since 2008 and believes pops of bright colors, such as aqua, lime green and hot pink work particularly well with tangerine.
“These color combinations evoke tropical, spirited and slightly feminine feelings,” she says. With all these different ways to use and accessorize with Tangerine Tango, how did Pantone decide 2012 would be focused on this colourway? According to Pantone Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman, the road to an annual color choice is based on her travels worldwide.
She says in the colourlovers.com community blog, “If I see a color that I think is ascending in importance, I make special note of it and then look for evidence in it gaining momentum…
There are so many creative design areas that must be considered including graphics, the world of art, product design, home furnishings and so on.” With the recent recession fading into the past, she goes on to say in her online interview that tangerine is nearly the opposite of the “downer” gray of the economy, and its choice as color of the year is an opportunity to encourage hope.
Whether it’s a spicy and energizing mood you’re after, or you prefer warm and inviting tones, mixing in tangerine has the ability to transform the climate of your design.
Bella Villa Design Studio
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