Next year’s “it” color manages to fuse happy-go-lucky warmth with sultry exoticism—and it’s already popping up everywhere. Nanette Lepore, Tommy Hilfiger, and Elie Tahari incorporated the vibrant hue into their spring 2012 collections. Essie and OPI released several Tangerine-esque nail polishes. And scores of Hollywood starlets have rocked the shade on the red carpet.
Maryland-based interior designer Samantha Friedman says the color’s recent spike in popularity can be traced to its versatility. She calls the shade “fresh and fun, but not overly feminine.”
Samantha Friedman used Tangerine fabric to update this bedroom. Photograph courtesy of the designer's Web site.
Friedman, who transformed a teenage girl’s room (above) using Duralee fabric, recommends starting small. Pillows, throws, and accessories are the quickest way to update a room. But tread lightly, because one too many additions can have your home resembling a radioactive pumpkin. “The color has a lot of energy, so it needs to be toned down with neutrals and patterns,” she says. “It’s also important to spread it evenly throughout the space. You don’t want to oversaturate one area with the color.”
For a touch of glamour, Friedman suggests pairing Tangerine Tango with hints of gold, like shimmery picture frames, hardware, or trims. And “don’t be afraid to try it with new combinations,” she says. To get you started, check out our slideshow of 22 splashy home products in Pantone’s winning color.