Every year Pantone predict their colour trend for the year and for 2012 they have predicted a shade they are calling Tangerine Tango. Orange is a very positive colour and positivity is something we could all do with a little of at the moment. However, tread carefully as it is a difficult colour to work with.
I have found from researching the use of orange for this post, that it works best grounded with a neutral such as grey and also with it’s natural partner on the colour wheel, blue. I particularly love it when paired with dark inky blue.
For me tangerine is a great accent colour, in this case, less is definitely more and the use of tangerine with cushions and on art work is perfect. I recently wrote a post about the styling of the set for Heston Blumenthal’s new cookery show and the art work used in his kitchen, by Rockett St George, is a great example of the use of tangerine popping off the charcoal grey background.
The Knoll womb chair available in orange
Art work by Notonthehighstreet
Sanderson Fifi wallpaper from John Lewis in grey and coral
The Colinton retro shaped sofa by Laura Ashley~ this is currently in the winter sale so grab it while you can!
If you prefer a softer option than tangerine but still want a pop of colour, coral is a good alternative. The cushions and sofa in the shots above are part of the new Spring Summer 2012 range by Marks & Spencer