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For rooms in need of a dose of drama, rich pumpkin, copper, and terra-cotta are pushing aside classic reds as the pursued hues. Pantone, the influential color consulting firm, made it official by naming a bright tangerine-orange this year's number one color. Today's oranges can create a big welcome in a small foyer, pull together a sprawling living room, or give a kick to a walk-in closet. Our picks start with a soft version of tangerine. To see the rest of TOH's 2012 palette, read on.

Shown: Clementine by California Paints.
Despite its namesake, this shade has a softness that sets it apart from the rest of the citrus crowd. Here, it raises the profile of a formerly plain bath while its gray undertones echo the stone-colored floor tile, oil-rubbed-bronze sconces, and nickel-finished knobs and pulls. The cushion, with its sunny citrus and complementary blue stripes, provides reinforcement.
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