A Pink Christmas & an Orange New Year

 Last week, Pantone announced Tangerine Tango as the 2012 Color of The Year.


Tangerine Tango is a deep reddish-orange — a bold color — “to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” (Pantone)  It’s a motivating statement, moving off of the 2011 Color of The Year, Honeysuckle Pink, which is “uplifting” and was chosen to instill the confidence and courage needed to face life’s everyday challenges in our tough economy.

When Pantone had released their Spring 2012 Color Report, I had taken a stab at guessing their pick for Color of The Year, and had felt stronger about possibility of Solar Power yellow being chosen.  However, upon discussion with Vanessa of Decor Happy, had agreed that Tangerine Tango was a contender as well.  She had pointed out that Pantone had listed the color first in their Women’s 2012 Fashion Report, as I had noticed that the color had made both the Women’s and Men’s lists.  Not rocket science to try to guess.

So, as we bid farewell to Honeysuckle Pink, I thought it would be fun to consider a Pink Christmas.


A cornhusk wreath with a “How-To” from creative genius, Martha Stewart




Gift wrapping and tabletop dressing in pinks.



Fuchsia accents everywhere are the perfect pop to traditional Christmas red and green!  The white feather trees mimic the white shag rug.  With pink ribbon accents on the wreath, the lampshade,the gifts and the toile boxes.  My favorite is the pairing of the pink throw next to the red pillow on the sofa.


For 2012, here are 3 ways to introduce the color orange into your home.

 1.  Vanessa suggested that Tangerine Tango would be a great color for a kid’s room, as orange works for either a girl or boy.  Here, Parsons Bed in Orange from Room & Board



2) If you’re not willing to let go of the Honeysuckle Pink trend, this fabric, from Lewis & Sheron Textiles, marries both pink and orange — a color combination I absolutely love.



3)  Chairs. Chairs. Chairs.  While I’d love the Series 7 chairCrate & Barrel’s option (1) is more affordable.  The Eames and Saarinen chair (2) as well as the Jacobsen Egg chair (3) are on my wish list.

These Pantone Christmas ornaments are so clever and fun!  They’d make a great gift, or would be fun to collect — to display your favorite colors or to keep track of each Color of The Year!  I don’t see Tangerine Tango pictured, but am sure that the folks at Seletti will be adding it to the line!



images:  (1) Pantone, (2) Martha Stewart Living, (3) Better Homes & Garden, left & right (4) Better Homes & Garden;  product images listed above;  Pantone ornaments via Seletti

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