18 August 2009

Color Notes: Orange Crush

Welcome to the latest Color Notes posting. The purpose of this series is to share inspiring products and helpful ideas for the many hues you might want to incorporate into your home's design scheme. One of my colleagues - the talented and lovely Nikki Harmon - is planning colors for her new apartment, so I asked her whether she'd prefer to see Orange or Green noted next. Her answer was a resounding "Orange," so here you go!

Why orange?

Orange blends the warmth of red and yellow, the two primary colors that come together to create it. So you can pretty much use it in the same rooms you'd use either of those shades - e.g., kitchens, dining rooms, home office, study, laundry room.

A deep pumpkin will enhance a library or study. A bright citrus can add a kick to a teen's room or a man cave.

Where not to go orange

I'd avoid orange in a bedroom, as its red tones might cause sleeplessness. I'd also avoid it in a bath or study intended for relaxation. I also wouldn't pair orange with mid-tone woods like golden oak, as the look will just go muddy.

I love orange with...

Pink and purple

As seen in this Monkeyin' Around Sun N Shade fabric from Waverly

Olive, brown and cream

Shown here in Modwall's Lush Tile blend

Navy and pale green

Seen here in this reproduction poster

Organic Matchstick Sateen Shams at West Elm

Orange you excited?

How daring do you feel today? Here are some awesome orange goodies to consider for your favorite room in the house...

Sit pretty on this Egg Chair at Design within Reach

Or on Pottery Barn's Olivia Sofette

Or in Z Gallerie's Soho Pavilion

Go exotic with Gump's Orange Dragon Garden Stool

West Elm's Embroidered Ethnic Duvet Covers

Or Wisteria's Moorish Chest

Go retro with Urban Outfitters' Jet Set Storage Bench
(Reminds me of the 1950s sofa and chairs I grew up with!)

Pottery Barn's Argyle Knit Euro Shams

An Authentic 1960s Phone from Naked Decor, (formerly Home Republic)

Or Urban Outfitters' Velvet Pouf Pillow

Go mod with Jonathan Adler's Capri Bottle Lamp

This surprising Jupiter Bistro Table on Bed, Bath & Beyond's site

An Orange Lacquer Bath Ensemble, also at Bed, Bath & Beyond

Target.com's Pod Chair

Caesarstone's Warm Red Countertops

Enjoy the entire Color Notes series...

Color Notes: A Red-time Story
Color Notes: A Room Full of Blues
Color Notes: The White Album
Color Notes: Purple Haze
Color Notes: Orange Crush
Color Notes: Green Day


  1. That phone is very cool! I love a good throwback to the days of Doris Day and Rock Hudson!

  2. I am loving orange lately too. The moorish chest is my fav.


  3. How about an orange Vespa? I bought one this year to replace my black one...

  4. Love your samples. Although orange is a soothing color, i think it's too warm to use in tropical areas. But it can be perfect for accentuating the atmosphere of a room.

  5. U know orange has never been one of my colours but the jupitar bistro table would look fab for my laptop!

  6. Thanks for all the great comments! I recently bought West Elm's Martini side table in orange for Chez J. It looks terrific next to my Danish walnut sidechairs!

  7. Check out Asian Tiger Marmoleum. That is my kitchen floor, and I love it! Had it over 2 years, and I still love it!

    Orange is the predominant color, but there's also red, yellow, and blue.

  8. Marmoleum is a great product! Good for you, A, for using it in your kitchen.


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