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January 4, 2012

Source:  Pantone

If you've still got an ice pack on your head from too much holiday cheer, you might not have heard that

    the 2012 Color of the Year
          is Pantone 17-1463! 

You're probably asking yourself, "Who the heck is Pantone and why do they get to choose the color of the year?"

Pantone LLC is the (?!) world-renowned authority on color and provider of color systems and leading technology for the selection and accurate communication of color across a variety of industries. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

Toss that tidbit of info out at your next cocktail party and watch eyebrows rise in astonishment at your chicness.  You're welcome.

That being said, let's take a look at some designers who anticipated Tangerine Tango and gave it their own citrus-y orange interpretation:

Christopher Coffin Designs

Tangerine is the most acidic shade in the orange pallet but it is also one of the most warmly reflective. 

Soft lighting can help mellow the startling color into a more relaxing tone.  


No one is telling you to rush down to Home Depot and buy gallons of orange paint but, admit it, you could probably use a little spice in your life.  Who couldn't? 

Here are some examples of designers' SUBTLE use of the Brazilian-flavored Color of the Year - through accent pieces.

About right now you're thinking, "Hey, I thought fleaChic was all about thrifty decorating."  You're right, it is. 

Any decorator will tell you that one of the most inexpensive and effective changes you can make to a room is by repainting it.

And, as for thrifty accent
pieces, check out these chairs
and accessories that I found
on eBay and at Target.

 Isn't this 1862 Ashworth & Sons
hand-painted ironstone tray exquisite?

You can never go wrong with antique Limoges plates.

Just because a world-renowned design company declares that tangerine is THE color of the year, don't take their word for it.  Add a few pieces to your decor and find out if it's THE color for YOU!

It really is lovely, though, isn't it?



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