17 ways to decorate with orange

Put your preconceived notions aside. Orange―the stuff of jack-o’-lanterns and garish '70s wardrobes―is actually a wonderfully versatile color for home décor

Be bold

Thomas J. Story

Be bold

Paint a small bedroom in a cheerful hue to make an impact.

Sprinkle in an accent

Thomas J. Story

Sprinkle in an accent

Eighteen-foot ceilings and a wall of windows make the first floor of this triplex feel larger than its 576 square feet. Floating orange shelves and a tangerine-hued Sunbrella cushion pop against the neutrals, adding some flair to the light-filled space.

Modernize a traditional look

E. Spencer Toy

Modernize a traditional look

This mantle headboard imparts a sense of tradition, while the tangerine-and-floral wallpaper freshens up the look.

Provide a focal point

Thomas J. Story

Provide a focal point

An orange pendant lamp draws the gaze, adding a striking pop of color without dominating the room.

Add personality

Thomas J. Story

Add personality

The statement wall acts as a vivid backdrop for an heirloom bookshelf unit housing decorative collections, creating a doubly personal tone in this living room.

Take it outside

Jennifer Cheung

Take it outside

A stuccoed concrete wall, painted orange and capped with stained redwood, visually warms this backyard lounge. Falling Leaves paint, S-H-240; behr.com. Dark Slate stain; cabotstain.com.

Make an impact

Thomas J. Story

Make an impact

Having too many colors can segment a space rather than tie it together. Limiting the number of hues allows one to take center stage, as with the orange vinyl love seat in this kids' room.

Harmonize a palette

Joe Schmelzer

Harmonize a palette

Painting a wall in a pumpkin shade adds warmth and goes well with dark earth tones in this small home workspace.

Mix cool and warm

Lisa Romerein

Mix cool and warm

Steel columns make this living room’s glass corners—and airy feel—possible. The fireplace and coordinated orange-red furnishings serve as an interesting focal counterpoint, yet keep the room warm and cozy.

Create an anchor

Create an anchor

A kitchen island covered in stainless steel and painted bright orange anchors this bright kitchen and keeps it fun and fresh.

Escape the all-netural trap

Escape the all-netural trap

This second-floor hallway is a rare hit of color in a neutral-toned house. It represents one of the few real deviations from a largely neutral palette of whites, grays, and wood tones.

Sit on it

Sit on it

Selecting vibrant furniture is a clever way to add bright color to a room. These orange dining chairs are stylish and oh-so-cheerful.

Pay homage to harvest hues

Thomas J. Story

Pay homage to harvest hues

Adding seasonal items from nature is an easy and non-commital way to flirt with a new color palette. Here, red-orange pumpkins mingle with glory lilies, pomegranates, red winter berries, and― most surprisingly― golden and cherry tomatoes.

Pay a complement

James Carrier

Pay a complement

Complementary colors achieve a bold contrast, but it's difficult to strike the right balance. A strong red-orange item―here, Eero Saarinen's Womb chair and ottoman―is perfect amid a wash of softer blues. Accessories in the same vibrant color family help unify the elements.

Go for a natural tableau

James Carrier

Go for a natural tableau

A subtle range of earth tones infuses this scene with tranquility. Accent with elements from nature, such as the potted succulent featured here, to complete the organic theme.

Brighten up a nook

James Carrier

Brighten up a nook

Create a colorful focal point in a small space by painting your shelves (including the back) a bright color. Here, pumpkin-colored shelves (Kelly-Moore's Deep Spice wall paint, KM3608-5) act as a backdrop to deep brown and burnt orange accessories.

 

Speak softly

Thomas J. Story

Speak softly

A coat of apricot paint amplifies the space above the mantel, a natural focal point, without over­powering the artwork hung upon it.

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