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Statement Colour

As announced in our January/February Trend Report 2012 (see page 32), this year's major colour trend will move away from stark whites and colourless spaces to include a good dollop of colour. Our striking cover is donning this very trend in full force, with its neon orange and yellow accents. One of our favourite hues for the season is tangerine – it has a definite summery feel to it and the citrus theme can't help but be fun and uplifting. Spotted on international runways, this bold colour made a loud entrance into the world of fashion, appearing on trousers, dresses, watches, jewellery, footwear and nail colour. It infiltrated the palettes of several Spring-Summer 2011/2012 collections, including those of top designers such as Prada, Cacharel and MaxMara – and now it's made its way into decor, too. Voted as Pantone ('the global authority on colour and provider of professional colour standards for the design industries')'s 2012 colour of the year, Tangerine Tango – or PANTONE® 17-1463 – is certainly the colour to watch. We've already seen it emerging in the designs of kitchenware giant Le Creuset, Danish chair designer Hans Wegner and at one of our local favourite decor stores, Créma Design (see the Peg Chair by Tom Dixon, above, and on page 39 of the mag). We anticipate seeing this trend continuing to spill over onto furniture, appliances and accessories in the coming months. It's up to you how much drama you want to add to a particular space. The hue works well to add a pop of colour to a room and can also be pulled off as an entire colour scheme, if executed correctly. You can simply paint a single wall panel tangerine if you don't want to go all out – it will do wonders to boost the energy of a room. Whatever you choose, we suggest complementing the neon tones with something more subtle, such as a white or nude shade. This will help tone down the shock of colour and allow more flexibility with the colour scheme. Catch this trend along with the rest of our Trend Report 2012 on page 32 of our January/ February 2012 Trends issue, on sale from 19 December 2011... Text: Kim Grové