Sweet Lilac, Margarita, Cockatoo, and Solar Power are just some of the names of the Spring 2012 Pantone® colors. But it's Tangerine Tango that is the official Pantone Color of 2012.

So what is Pantone, you ask? It's the self-proclaimed world-renowned authority on color and color systems.

2012 pantone spring colors

Sweet Lilac, Cockatoo, and Margarita are gorgeous pastels that would be perfect for a bedroom or entryway. While Tangerine Tango, Solar Power, Cabaret, and Sodalite Blue are bold, in your face colors that would be great in your kitchen for that extra boost!

However, using bold colors like these for your home painting projects should be used with caution. And as all good painters say, 90% of a good paint job is the prep - and it's the truth.

What do you think of the 2012 Pantone Spring Colors? Would you use any of these in your home?