Orange Tulip Bouquet

orange tulip bouquet in watercolor

And speaking of orange, here’s my completed tulip painting. I plan on featuring it–and the orange poppies my daughter painted–on my upcoming tangerine tango redecorating series. I may drop in a background at a later date, but for now I’m calling it done. I like the simplicity of this painting and intensity of the colors. This painting was based on a tutorial from the book, “Tulips in Watercolor,” by Fiona Peart. Watercolors on cold pressed Acquarello Artistico paper by Fabriano.

Come On, Everyone, Let’s Do the Tangerine Tango!

I’ve introduced you to Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, I’ve highlighted previous colors of the year, and I’ve shown you how you can replicate this color at your favorite paint store. Now, let’s get down to some serious business. Seriously fun, that is. I’ve begun to assemble some items that I plan to feature in various rooms of my house as I dance around with this color and splash it from room to room. Here’s a sneak preview of some of the items that I’ll be featuring on my Tangerine Tango tour. Over the coming weeks I’ll provide you with photos of the completed rooms as well as purchasing information. I’m going to be quite busy; and I’ve definitely got some painting to do!

Tangerine Tango–How to Get it at Your Favorite Paint Store

If you enjoyed Lori Sawaya’s Pantone Colors of the Year chart in my previous post, you’ll also enjoy these infographics she created that show you how to translate Tangerine Tango into your favorite brands of paint so you can use this great color in your own home.

We’ll start with my favorite brand of paint, Benjamin Moore. Lori’s top three Benjamin Moore paint colors that most closely match Pantone Tangerine Tango are:

  1. Tawny Day Lily (2012-10)
  2. Orange (2011-10)
  3. Outrageous Orange (2013-10)

Next up is Pratt and Lambert. Here are Lori’s top three picks for Pratt and Lambert paint colors that most closely resemble Tangerine Tango:

  1. 1855 Flame
  2. 1006 Banner Red
  3. 1861 Poppy

And finally, here are Sherwin Williams’ paint color equivalents that most closely match Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, Tangerine Tango:

  1. SW1623 Fire Island
  2. SW1616 Valencia
  3. SW6882 Daredevil

Thank you, Lori, for allowing me to share your work.

Pantone Colors of the Year 2000-2012

And speaking of Tangerine Tango–Pantone’s color of the year of 2012–here’s a colorful infographic created by Lori Sawaya from that features Pantone’s colors of the year from 2000 through 2012. Not only is this infographic beautiful (it would look fabulous as a framed piece of art), it’s also a handy guide for artists, interior designers, and color enthusiasts. It includes the RGB values and HEX codes for your convenience. Lori says “feel free to share the graphic, just remember the information in the brown box at the bottom must remain attached.”

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Introducing Tangerine Tango–Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year

Still no sign of those fun Pantone coffee mugs that I posted about last week, but Mother’s Day is several days away, so there’s still time for my loved ones to bestow those beauties on me (hinting LOUDER). And speaking of Pantone colors, did you know that Pantone’s 2012 color of the year is Tangerine Tango?

Over the past several years, orange has grown in popularity, so I thought it might be fun to embrace this bold color in a series of posts. It also might be fun to embrace it in my own home. You know, splash a little orange here and there to spruce up the place. Adding color to your home is an inexpensive and fun way to brighten up your interior spaces. So as I explore this color, think about ways to use Tangerine Tango in your own homes. You can use this high-impact color on pillows, bedspreads, and accessories to liven up any room or paint a piece of furniture or a wall to add a dramatic burst of color. The possibilities are endless. And I’ll show you a few ideas that I have up my sleeve as I Tangerine Tango around my own home. So, come on, everyone, let’s tango!