In lieu of Christmas presents this year, my family took an exciting week-long adventure vacation to Belize, which more than held up to it’s tourism board tagline as “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret.” This small English-speaking country, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean sea, offered us new and exciting activities each day: from scaling waterfalls deep inside an incredible cave system and repelling off the edge of a cliff in the jungle, to snorkeling around the bright and lively barrier reef and visiting mysterious ruins of ancient Mayan cities. As we said goodbye to 2011 in this unspoiled tropical paradise, I couldn’t help but notice that Belize was providing my color-centric mind the perfect introduction to 2012, in that everywhere I looked there were splashes of Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s official color of the coming year.
Every year, Pantone, the global authority for color reference, selects a color from a trend forecasting position which is predicted to be relevant to consumers and reflective of the times. The 2012 color is a vivacious reddish orange color called Tangerine Tango, which, much like the vibrant flora and fauna I saw in Belize, is full of life. As Leatrice Eisman, executive director at the Pantone Color Institute further describes, it is “sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive. Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it.” This energetic and motivating color is not only fun to wear, but would make for a fantastic accent color in your 2012 wedding. Try spicing up your invitations, flower arrangements, or eyeshadow palette with a pop of Tangerine Tango! Better yet, who’s up for a destination wedding in Belize!?