Not too long ago, if you had asked me what my least favorite color was I would have said, without hesitation, ‘Orange’. I have a feeling I wasn’t alone in that opinion, but I’ve since changed my mind. I think orange gets a bad rap and is under appreciated and under used. I’ve grown to really love this color in all its shades, from vivid citrusy hues to deeper, richer tones. I particularly like it when its paired with blue or turquoise for a striking effect, or grey for an elegant, sophisticated look.
In children’s rooms orange is a great choice. It’s cheery, gender neutral and not too ‘babyish’. Notice how these inexpensive containers add an amazing pop of color to this space, and the solid color rug keeps the bold chair from feeling overpowering and grounds this space nicely.
I would personally be afraid to use orange with black, but this design really pulls it off.
If you’re looking for a color combo that’s cheery and a little out of the ordinary, try pairing orange with pops of pink.
As an accent color, few hues can match the impact of orange. It’s a great choice for an all white kitchen. Throw in a few blue accessories and you’ve got a winning look.
Even though this room has blues, greens and different shades or orange, it works because the saturation levels are similar, and pattern is kept to a minimum.
Looking to highlight an orange accessory? Place it in a room with a neutral color palette and watch it take center stage.
Several patterns are used in this sophisticated bedroom, but it doesn’t look too busy because the palette is muted and the patterns are of similar scale. Check out that beautiful motif on the ceiling!
This picture reminds me of Napa Valley, although I don’t think that’s were it was taken. Have you ever been there? It’s been a very long time, but it’s one of my all time favorite places in the world.
This beautiful, rust colored orange pairs so nicely with the rice floral blue fabric, making this chair fit for royalty!
I’m partial to the citrus tones of orange, how about you? Paired with green, it shines!
Not quite ready for bright orange? Go deeper, richer and perhaps more rustic and showcase your furniture with wood accents for a cozy yet sophisticated feel.
This is one of my favorite rooms in this series. Love the chairs, the painting and the simple floral accents on the shelves. Notice the glass mullions in the built ins and the wood inlay on the floors?
I couldn’t find the original source for this picture, but apparently this is Tory Spelling’s son’s room.
I adore the wall design in this cheerful home office, and it wouldn’t be difficult to do even if you’re not particularly artistic.
Have you ever decorated with orange?