Decorating in Orange
If you've warmed to the thought of using orange in your home, you'll love this slide show that features a variety of looks in this citrus hue.
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Chairs covered in mango orange set the tone for this vibrant dining room. A pear green rug grounds the table and chairs in the middle of the spacious room, calls attention to the beautiful parquet floor, and offers a cool counterpoint to the warm and zesty orange. Both colors appear in the artwork over the fireplace.
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Bridging the Gap
Soothing blue and white walls and gauzy white drapery panels fashion a calm envelope of quiet color in this master bedroom. But lest things get too predictable, the room gets a wake-up call with pretty punches of pure orange. Pastel coral pillows bridge the distance between the hot orange and the soothing, cool blue and white tones. An ethereal white embroidered floral pattern on the orange pillow and quilt adds a feminine sensibility to the bold color.
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Just One Wall
If you're hesitant to paint an entire room in a bold shade, opt for using the saturated shade on just one wall. This kid-approved orange gives this boys' bedroom a hint of fun and contrasts nicely with the navy blue lofted bed.
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Introduce color via beautiful fabrics for a look that's subtle, yet fetching. This formal breakfast nook is suited for dinner parties and Saturday brunch, thanks to drapes that sport a classic patterned in casual, cheery hues. The pretense of the traditional patterned is balanced by its use of coral oranges, butterscotch yellow, sage green and sky blue.
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Just a Dash
In a room where textures do the talking, a brief sprinkle of color is all it takes. In this cozy bedroom, trimwork adds dimension to vanilla cream walls and a woven rattan headboard introduce even more texture. Minimal use of orange on the bedding (trimming on white shams and a comforter and a plush velvety throw) stand out while yielding to the other unique elements in the room.
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A warm color scheme is right at home in a breakfast room where a jolt of energetic color can help to get a jump on an active day. A range of oranges, from deep russet to light peach surround the banquette, which in turn is bathed in a glow of sunlight and yellow walls. The drum shade of the pendant light fixture incorporates all the colors of the palette.
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Vivid persimmon fabrics capture the eye in this appealing dining room. An analogous color palette of warm hues supports the bold orange color. Solid yellow fabric covers the curved banquette and pillows in a yellow-on-white pattern with contrasting piping giving definition to the yellow shapes. A russet rug, banded in yellow repeats the color scheme underfoot. Overhead, the chandelier is an energetic design of leafy tendrils in a single matte orange. Sophisticated black elements ground the room.
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Choosing from within a coordinated collection of colors and patterns ensures foolproof decorating in this enticing living room. The sherbet shades offer a balance of soft tints and intense hues in playful patterns and restful solids. Neutral walls allow the mix of orange, pink, yellow, and green furnishings to take center stage.
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Better with Color
Bold splashes of orange and red give this all-white room a new look with little effort. An orange table with modern lines adds a sassy touch to the decor. Underfoot, a graphic red-and-white organic-pattern rug layers on top of a larger sisal floor covering. Solid orange linen throw pillows and a fuzzy throw give the upholstered furnishings a bit of visual punch.
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The Warmth of Orange
Goldenrod yellow walls and burnt orange accents work together to give this family room a warm and inviting motif. The solid burnt orange window treatments and throw pillows create a common thread among the patterned chairs, window seat, and ottoman. The bright hue adds both drama and consistency to the room.
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Small Space, Bold Color Scheme
Bold accents make a big impact in this tiny space. Two unfinished wood hutches, painted soda pop orange, add display and storage space. The hutches complement the room's blue accent wall. Orange stripes in the window treatments and rug bring all the elements together and add a touch of drama to the space.
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If your work space could use an injection of pure energy, bring in some vivid orange paint and fabrics to do the job. Extend the life of old chairs with slipcovers made of orange, pink, and yellow pattern fabric. Rejuvenate a wicker table with tangerine spray paint and create a new striped rug in an afternoon with paint, painter's tape, and a canvas drop cloth. Add some flirty cotton curtain panels and you have a room designed with and for productive energy.
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Make an impact with colorful furnishings that don't require permanent commitment. In this lively living room, slipcovers bring saturated color to basic chair and ottoman shapes. A bargain armchair found at an estate sale got a new personality with splashy solid red. A new cube ottoman matches with orange slipcovers banded in red. For a bit of visual relief, the large sofa is slipcovered in plain white. The side table, a tag sale find, gets new life with a coat of bold red paint.
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Brighten Your Outlook
Deep color creates a cozy ambiance in this sitting area. A curvy vine pattern on blue-green wallpaper softens the masculine lines of the dark wood shelving and brown wing chair. To keep the room lively, vibrant orange curtain panels frame the window while orange pillows prevent the chair from becoming a dark mass in the room. Orange accents, such as a small runner on the side table dot the room with the peppy hue.
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Orange walls dominate the color palette in this dramatic yet inviting dining room. A tone-on-tone pattern adds depth to the energetic vibe and keeps the broad expanse of vibrant wall color interesting. Complementary blue creates a focus in the paired artwork on the wall and brings in a cool note of color to balance the warmth of orange. Frames and furnishings provide solid shapes of black and dark brown to counter the delicacy of the patterns.
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Vivid, zesty orange is a perfect hue for any room, such as an office, that would benefit from orange's energetic vibe. In this basement craft room/office an adjacent wall in lime green provides a cool contrast to the hot orange but keeps things in the citrus family. Tone-on-tone painted flowers on the orange wall add lively pattern. Slipcovers on the chairs encapsulate the color scheme with powder blue, lime, and orange stripes, introducing the third color, blue, into the mix.