Tangerine Dreams

Paul Versluis

You know how it feels when you wake up one morning and the birds are chirping and the first daffodils and tulips are blooming, and you, my friend, are still hibernating from the long, beige winter, and then it hits you…spring has arrived! Time to take off those fluffy slippers, throw open the curtains, and shake off your winter blues by bringing some fresh, vibrant colors of the season indoors.

One of the easiest ways to infuse some high-octane style into last season’s tired digs is to integrate spring’s juiciest ‘it’ color—tangerine—into your surroundings and your entertaining. Crowned by Pantone® as the “2012 Color of the Year,” this sunny hue is guaranteed to brighten your mood, pump some attitude into your space and add pizzazz to a dinner party tablescape. With a few minor tweaks, you can fresh-squeeze a little of this shade into your décor and transition your home from dreary to delicious. Try adding a few of the following finishing touches, and see if they don’t have you dreaming of marmalade skies…


Feather your Nest with Pillows

Never underestimate the power of a well-placed pillow! No longer relegated to just the couch or an armchair, pillows are statement pieces that can add a splash of color to literally any corner of your abode. Toss a few near that now unused fireplace, or stack to your heart’s content next to your entertainment center. Keep the background neutral; then drape a light and airy throw in a complementary color such as hot pink or turquoise for a dramatic effect. Enhance your entertaining wow factor by plumping up your dining room chairs with tangerine pillows—guests will appreciate the comfy-cozy touch, and will linger long past dessert and champagne.


Design on a Dime

“An inexpensive way to integrate tangerine is to re-cover the seats of your dining room chairs,” says Patrick Madden of Madden-McFarland Interiors in Leawood. As a designer, Madden believes that even small changes—such as investing in some sassy new fabric—can have a big impact. “Inject a lot of life into the room by switching out fabrics such as placemats and linen napkins, as well as adding a pop of color to your tabletop with new glassware and barware,” says Madden. The golden sheen of tangerine accoutrements, punctuated by soft candlelight at your next party, will cast a happy glow.


Utilize Nature’s Bounty

“Plants are a great way to bring fresh flowers into your space with the least amount of maintenance,” says Dan Meiners of Studio Dan Meiners. He suggests mixing tangerine-tipped daffodils or tangerine bromeliads with soft branches for a woodsy effect. “Bringing a touch of spring into your home can be just as easy as gathering a handful of tulips and pairing them in a vase with a white dogwood branch—this combination always looks fresh and clean,” adds Meiners. Centerpieces become works of organic art when fresh flowers are mixed with found branches, or simple stems float in crystal bowls.


Update with Paint

A fresh coat of paint can rejuvenate and refresh, but real estate agents around town will remind you that it is best to go ‘vanilla’ if you hope to snag a buyer. If you are happily planted in your house for now, consider one bold splash of tangerine by painting a single wall in your entryway or kitchen, or stencil this fruity color in a child’s room. Sweet!


Scentsational Citrus

Something as simple as a bowl of fresh tangerines—alone or mixed with sunny lemons and cool limes—provides bold color and the extra bonus of an invigorating and aromatic scent.


Photos: Paul Versluis
Styling and Design: Studio Dan Meiners

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