Pantone announced the color of the year for 2012: Tangerine Tango!
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It is inded. A little strong for as much as a focal wall, but if in smaller items like ceramics, art work, pattern sin rugs and pillows --- it would relaly pep up a neutral room and give it a tropical air, IMO!
A Fall Color Spectrum based on Pantones colors for 2012 Pantone - some ideas on how to use it: http://blog.hgtv.com/design/2012/02/27/the-fall-2012-color-spectrum/
Color Trends 2012What’s color got to do with it? Everything!
Love the new colors from Pantone (like Tangerine Tango) but don't want to buy new home decor to be trendy? Why not dye a pillow cover, a duvet cover or a sofa throw instead? RIT has a recipe tool just for creating Pantone's 2012 Fashion Forecast Colors: http://www.ritdye.com/colorit_color_formula_guide#color_guide=2089
I'm with you --- orange isn't an easy color to wear (although I love it, I don't own much, if any, orange clothing). But accents around the house really does appeal to me --- not just candels, but maybe a throw pillow or lap robe here and there...
We had anorange kitchen once --- orange cabinet doors in three shades! It was a change from the purple and sage green the previous owners had. But subsequent paint jobs dropped two of the oranges in favor of the darkest, and finally, when the house went up for rent, the manager had the doors painted white (about the same time he replaced our maple butcher block countertops with laminate! AAACK!)! Oh well, the orange was a 70's choice!
I don't know if I buy that tangerine looks good on everyone.