This year Pantone has given Tangerine Tango the thumbs up for colour of the year. Bright orange certainly packs a punch to brighten up our homes, so we thought we'd share with you some ideas on how to use this colour in your home. Those of you who love retro will be delighted to see this classical 1960's colour returning, while those who decorate on the principles of colour psychology will know that orange represents happy and energetic emotions; provides physical energy, and encouragement along, with behaviours of fast movement, all of which seem to sum up the fast paced, hectic lifestyles we live to a T. As such, this dynamic colour is believed to enrich our homes and lives, injecting them with a colour which can be teamed and coordinated with a vast range of complimentary colours to create homes with a cheerful and positive disposition. This week we're going to take Tangerine Orange and offer ways of how you can successfully use it room by room in your home. You don't need to completely redecorate to bring your living space bang up to date with this exciting colour. Some of you may cringe at the thought of using such a vibrant colour, however, you can still be on-trend by making small additions of the colour via your soft furnishings and accessories, rather than painting walls in Tangerine Tango! As with any new interior design idea or concept it's wise to start small and acclimatise yourself to the new colour gently. Use cheap cushions, rugs and throws to bring the colour into your living room. As orange is a warm colour it may also be associated with the Mediterranean, bringing memories of warm summer days spent on holiday which can be used as a 'theme' if you want to embrace one of this year's interior design trends. Undoubtedly tangerine tango bursts with energy, providing dazzling colour combinations to suit modern and contemporary homes perfectly. This year many interior designers have used colours which are taken from nature and while we in the UK don't see orange (or tangerine) groves growing, we are accustomed to the silvery hues of fog and mist. These delicate pale greys team beautifully with tangerine making homes warm and inviting. Create a design or mood board to get your interior design flair working – ask for free fabric samples in tangerine hues along with you main base colour or other accent colour so that you can see how the colours work together. Don't forget to use different textures to bring your home to life this year.

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