Making Sense of Color Trends

January 23, 2012 , In: Style

  • 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.

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.

So what do you think about the color of the year?


    • Heather
    • January 23, 2012

    Love the idea of painting inexpensive desk accessories to match. You can make a can of spray paint go a long way when you’re trying to make certain things match and make a cohesive statement.

  1. I too like orange. It was my father’s favorite color. I didn’t get it when I was young, but now I realize that small doses of it are fabulous and orange with a dash or pink, or at least mellow versions, gain me compliments. Yellow has always been thought to warm up a room, whether it’s a bowl of lemons or a vase of flowers or a pillow. I think orange can do the same thing. A little does go a long way.

    • Firesparx
    • January 24, 2012

    Well this is good news! My ensuite bathroom is white and turquoise and I decided it was a little too serene. I’ve been grabbing splashes of orange to mix in, but to date the pickings have been slim. Nice to know I’ll have an easier time finding my orange accent pieces in the months to come!

    • Heidi of Operation Organization
    • February 4, 2012

    I’ve never really been one to follow trends, but I’m happy to know I’m ‘in the times’ anyhow as I too LOVE the blue orange combos.

    I love all things about the sea, so a coral-orange is my favorite hue to pair with a light blue. What a happy vision to see them paired together in the storage boxes!


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