Tangerine Tango: Interior Design

by Keith Recker

Interior designer Amanda Nisbet frequently says, “I am foe to no color.” Her ebullient work for some of New York’s chicest inhabitants bears that statement out: Nisbet is known for her virtuoso chromatic abilities. She can throw a pair of tomato red lamps into a formal beige and fawn living room to brilliant effect. Or combine vivid sky blue and saturated lavender in a dining room that is at once ethereal and invigorating. Color also informs her lighting designs for Urban Electric Co. and her gorgeous line of fabrics, AND Textiles.

Amanda Nisbet

It’s no surprise to learn that Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango, is one of Nisbet’s colors of choice. “It’s such an optimistic, cozy, yet fresh color. I love to pair it with varying shades of pinks, reds and oranges to give it depth,” she shares. A walk through her portfolio shows this thought in action. A palette of Tangerine Tango and analogous tones helps Nisbet create spaces that are at once lush yet livable, traditional yet up to date, and colorful but not dissonant.

Amanda Nisbet

Nisbet is foe neither to color nor contrast, however. She loves to reach across the color wheel to set up an energizing tussle between, for example, tangerine and chartreuse. “Green in all its varieties from deep pea to chartreuse can bring out the fresh, citrus qualities of Tangerine. The hues need to have similar strength and depth in order to work together, but once you have the right balance, high contrast combinations can work extremely well. In fact, I am working on a room right now which pairs Tangerine Tango with navy: just the right shade of blue brings an almost nautical crispness into play. Aubergine could work in this way, as well.”

Amanda NisbetAmanda Nisbet

Is there any combination that is out of bounds when it comes to Tangerine Tango? “Yes,” Nisbet asserts. “Black would be a little, shall we say, Halloween. And it’s hard to see pastels combining well. Tangerine tango has too much personality for them. They are a bit shier. Unless of course you bring in a bright apricot color or a lively peony pink: working in a monochromatic context with tangerine and apricot could be very exciting. You could add a dash of chocolate for structure and you’re all set.”

Amanda Nisbet

Look for hits of Tangerine Tango in adventuresome combination with complementary and contrasting colors on www.amandanisbetdesign.com

Photos courtesy of Amanda Nisbet and Keith Recker