In late 2011, Pantone –the global authority on color– announced the color of the year for 2012: “Tangerine Tango.”  According to Pantone, the vivacious reddish-orange will “provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward,” and I fully agree.  It is a vibrancy that I forecast seeing throughout all mediums of design this year.

pantone book in tangerine tango

A Pantone notebook in “Tangerine Tango.” It’s actually quite close to my new logo color!

Tangerine Tango is just one of the energetic colors that is among the interior design trends of 2012.  This year, interiors will pair vibrant ethnic colors with classy gray, white, and silver tones.  Bright colors and luxurious materials are making a bold comeback!

A pop of color is the perfect way to freshen and update a space.  A fun way to establish this trend in your home is to paint an accent wall in a daring color or purchase some bright throw pillows for your living room or bed.

2012 paint colors

Sherwin William’s Peppercorn, Sherwin William’s Center Stage, and Farrow and Ball’s Brinjal (left to right).

Chartreuse pairs perfectly with rich turquoise.

bright accent pillows from Kravet

Fabric from Kravet. Clockwise from top: Kanekopa Akuatic, Kura Kura Akuatic, Moloko Paradiso, and Kapaa Akuatik.

Or go even bolder and reupholster your sofa or introduce a bright centerpiece…

Purple velvet chesterfield sofa

Purple is hot right now, especially the iconic purple velvet sofa. Manufacturer unknown.

Blue Tortoise Coffee Table from Harbinger. Udaipur Orange Indian Rug by The Rug Company.

Here is an example of how I brought in some interesting colors and prints into my own home.  I designed the Tulip Chair, available through my DLD Custom Line, for my kitchen island and finished it in bright orange leather (left).  Close by, at my kitchen table, sits a custom banquette upholstered in Marrakech by Manuel Canovas (right).

Donna Livingston Design Tulip Chair

What do you think?  What colors or design trends do you see happening this year?