Yes, yes, I’ve heard. The Pantone color of the year is Tangerine Tango, shown below in case your internet has been down for the last few months and you have no idea what I’m talking about.
But what does this mean??? Does it mean you need to incorporate this color into your wardrobe in order to be stylish? Does it mean you need to repaint a wall in your home or buy orange throw pillows for the couch? Don’t freak out just yet. You are still stylish and trendy even if you hate the color orange.
Personally, I love it. I can’t wear safety cone orange, but I can wear peach. As for décor, the blue and orange color combination is one of my favorites. As an orange lover I’m not too worried about the color of the year. As a designer it’s a little irritating because it’s all I hear about. Can’t every color have a color of the year? Why can’t they forecast the most popular shade of blue, green and orange?
I don’t have all the answers (just ask my husband). And if you remember from past posts, designing is my second career, my first was as an accountant, but what I do know is that personal preference doesn’t change every year. In fact, I don’t know a single person who has chosen their favorite color based on a trend forecast. When I break down website product sales by color it’s about the same every year, no matter what the trend.
So don’t worry, buy whatever color you like. Just know that orange accessories will be easy to find in 2012 so if you like orange or have wanted to experiment with it in your office or home this is the time to find it.
Brown and orange is a great choice for the office. It has a luxe feel thanks to a well-known brand that shall remain nameless for legal reasons (but has orange bags and is completely out of my budget). Here is an example of a brown and orange home office.
Another office color combination I love is blue and orange. Here is an example from a back issue of Martha Stewart Living. Spray paint an inexpensive plastic tape dispenser to the get the same look as the one in the photo.
So what do you think about the color of the year?