The Pantone Color Institute selected Tangerine Tango as their color of the year for 2012. Tango. Tango. I’m in love with Tangerine Tango. It’s happy, playful and fun. Pantone describes Tangerine Tango as vivacious, optimistic, enticing, exotic and hopeful. An “adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow” packaged in a sophisticated friendly non-threatening reddish orange.
The color of the year is chosen by analyzing color trends all over the world. The experts at the Pantone Color Institute follow trends in the entertainment industry, film, hot new artists, popular travel destinations, technology, and even sporting events. The experts at Pantone comb the world looking at the newest, latest and greatest.
Is Tangerine Tango a new color? Not really. Look around. It’s all over the web, in the mall, and most likely in your own closet. The trend has been building for quite some time. Colors evolve in an organic progression with one color coming to the forefront in the design world. Pantone pulled Tangerine Tango to the top and gave it a bit of a push. Last summer I bought a top from Eddie Bauer in Tangerine Tango. Cutting edge, that’s me. Ahead of the curve? No, just lucky. The color is so happy and fresh. It drew me in. I couldn’t resist.
Pantone also selects 10 Fashion Colors each Spring and Fall. The full line-up for Spring 2012:
- Tangerine Tango - enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing
- Solar Power – radiates warmth and cheer
- Bellflower – distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity
- Cabaret – sensual and intense rosy-red
- Sodalite Blue – classic maritime hue, brings order and calmness to mind
- Cockatoo – tactile blue-green adds a whimsical touch
- Sweet Lilac – delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance
- Margarita – piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow
- Driftwood – adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel
- Starfish – perfect warm summer neutral
The Spring 2012 colors spoke to me in such a compelling way. Soon I had a stack of quilting cottons on the work table. I arranged and rearranged them in stacks. Which colors go together? I could have played all day with my stack of colors without actually creating a single thing other than stacks of color! Fortunately, one of my favorite jobs here at Pink Chalk is designing FQ Color Stacks. I’m excited to introduce two new Pink Chalk Color Stacks: Spring 2012 Solids and Tango Tango. What will they inspire you to create?
Do the Tango! ~Diana