Friday, January 21, 2011

Colouring outside the box with orange

Left to my own devices I would choose orange as either an accent or a main colour in decorating a home.  I am happy to see bits of orange in artwork, but that's as exciting as I can get about it.  To give orange a chance I decided to explore how others have used it to create stimulating decors.  Of course, no matter what you do with orange it will be vibrant and commanding. It is not a sit back colour!  I find  that people who love orange have personalities very like the colour. 



An orange sofa  begs to be noticed.  For most people furniture is a big ticket item, and cautiousness is often the ruling factor when purchasing  because you don't want to tire of it quickly.   I love the freshness of this room because it reminds me of eating melon on a tropical island. 


Is the wallpaper the accent wall or is it the orange wall? Circles and orange is about as energetic as you can get.  I love circular motifs.  How many circles are too many for you?


I like the way orange looks with gray.  But then again, I love gray with anything. You better love orange if you decide to put it on your cabinets.
Tineke triggs contemporary bedroom
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Freshness prevails when orange is used with beige and a bit of blue gray thrown in.


Astoria Guest Retreat eclectic bedroom
Domicile Interior Design

Just a little does the trick to liven up this very neutral space. 


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This is a funky colour on a very traditional piece of furniture but it works for me.   Accent pieces should have some energy to them.  

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Purple and orange make a striking combination which works very well especially for a child's room.

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Take your cue from artwork when you want to add an accent colour in your decor.   

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if you love orange just a little bit, let it  perform its magic in an artwork as it does in my dining  room .

Artwork by Carolyne Honey Harrison


Visit House Beautiful for a slide show of decorator's top picks for orange paint.

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