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
Paint a small bedroom in a cheerful hue to make an impact.
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
This mantle headboard imparts a sense of tradition, while the tangerine-and-floral wallpaper freshens up the look.
Provide a focal point
An orange pendant lamp draws the gaze, adding a striking pop of color without dominating the room.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
A coat of apricot paint amplifies the space above the mantel, a natural focal point, without overpowering the artwork hung upon it.