2012 saw Pantone crown ‘Tangerine Tango’ its Colour of the Year. We’re big fans of the COTY concept, and in the past have championed Rose Quartz, Serenity & Marsala. Now, it's time to open the history books.


Time to don the Ray-Bans. Orange is big, brave, some might even say brash, but keep it on a leash and there are few shades that can compete when it comes to design impact.

We won’t bore you with the ‘less is more’ approach. Although this can at times be the case, to use it as a rule-of-thumb would be to rob us of design freedom. Instead, start small (use sparingly as an accent colour) and ease your way into the scheme. As things progress, orange may make the transition between ‘accent’ and ‘base’ colour, but this will depend on other features within the room. If things begin to look clashy, take a backward step or two until you hit the sweet spot. Creating a balance is key, and with this in mind, why not offset the hue with some cooling slate grey?

2012 saw Pantone, the Colour Institute, crown ‘Tangerine Tango’ its Colour of the Year. We’re big fans of the whole COTY concept, and in the past have championed Rose Quartz, Serenity and Marsala to name but a few. Four years down the line, it’s time to open up the history books and re-examine this “playful” yet “dramatic and seductive” shade. In our book, orange plays much more on the former, at its best when used for energy, spirit and verve. If you’re looking for drama, a bronze or copper is more your calling.

This does make it a slightly overwhelming option for the bedroom. In such areas, where one might look to unwind and relax, its best to stick to a more calming palette, reserving vibrant oranges to downstairs space. Besides, many of your quirky orange accessories lend themselves to the kitchen; SMEG fridges, KitchenAids, kettles and knife sets all look great in this punchy tone.

An interior will resonate with your personality, so this vivacious look will not be for all. This said, we’re keen to push the concept as we attempt to restore some positivity in the nation. Interior design cures all!!