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July: Tangerine Tango

July: Tangerine Tango

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This month we are focusing on the official Pantone colour of the year 2012: Tangerine Tango. Pantone has been the world’s color authority for nearly 50 years, providing paint and designer-inspired products and services for consumers. Many designers and creatives use Pantone colours as a source of inspiration and reference. According to Pantone, Tangerine Tango is a spirited reddish orange with a lot of depth to it. Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, it marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy. As it is a high-impact colour and not everyone’s cup of tea, I recommend energizing interior spaces with Tangerine Tango accessories, such as pillows, bedspreads and lamps or using orange furnishings (I love the colour on sofas!). But if you are looking for an inexpensive way to perk up your home and add high-impact to a space, paint a wall in Tangerine Tango for a dynamic burst of energy. I also love Tangerine Tango dresses and own at least six of them. They range from high street pieces from Zara and COS to my ‘Must-Have’ DVF dresses and a cute Marni number. They look amazing in summer and, like many strong coloured garments, only require simple accessories, due to their strong impact. I love combining orange clothing with navy blue, which is its complementary colour. You will also see this combination a lot in interiors. I will show you some amazing interior spaces with orange and blue later this month. So let’s dance! Let’s Tangerine Tango. Hope you enjoy!

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