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Orange Rooms

Orange Rooms

This thread was originally published on October 23, 2013.

Orange is one of those colors people either love or hate (or love to hate). We definitely fall on the side of love. In fact, you could say we have a serious crush on it, especially this time of year. One of the great things about orange is that a little goes a long way. It’s perfect as a border on a crisp white duvet with matching shams, or used in a room further accented with orange lacquer side tables and lamps. We also love it as a bold statement in a neutral room, as seen with the Matouk Nocturne duvet above. We spoke with three designers who mix orange with other colors, and get it just right.

Andrew Terrat and Dee Elms, Terrat Elms, Boston. For a similar style, try Lowell.

“We love orange. Period. It's especially great in a guest bedroom, as it's energetic and memorable. Here we used vintage lacquered nightstands and bedding (duvet and shams) that added pattern to the color palette. The drapery has a border in orange as well. It's fun, a bit hip, and distinctive, not to mention cheery. We embrace it!”

Mona Ross Berman, Mona Ross Berman Interiors, Philadelphia. For a similar look, try our Ava coverlet and Bryant sheeting.

"Orange is such a versatile color, but it's rarely used in bedrooms. I love using it there because it is unexpected and adds instant personality to a bedroom. It can be used with more feminine colors like hot pinks and aqua blues, or with more masculine colors like navy and chocolate brown. Whichever way you go, I think it's best to make it more of an accent rather than the main event. Add an orange throw, orange-piped bedding, or a throw pillow. That way, you'll benefit from that extra zing that orange brings without the risk of tiring of it."

Katie Rosenfeld, Katie Rosenfeld Design, Weston MA. For a similar style, try Classic Chain.

“Orange is a warm and grounding neutral that works with almost any color—brown, navy, green, pink, tan, olive, you name it—except black, with which it looks too themed. Look outside; I often take cues from nature. In my daughter’s room, I used orange with green and yellow, then mixed in bits of pink, plus a lot of white in order to have some visual breathing room amongst all that color. Orange has a lot of energy. It works particularly well in kids' rooms and family spaces because it's friendly! And all you need is a small dose.” (Photo by Michael J. Lee.)

Jessica Lagrange, Jessica Lagrange Interiors, Chicago. For a similar style, try Bel Tempo.

“Orange is a fearless hue that adds life to a space. It can be used in a variety of ways, but our favorite is pairing it with another striking color, like a bold pink or a rich, deep navy. Here, we opted for strong color composition with a lot of white.  White is the key to finishing an orange space—it is always crisp and brings out the purity of the color around it.” (Photo by Tom Rossiter.)

Shopping: 1. Double Gourd Lamp  2. Dunes & Duchess 4 Arm Candelabra 3. Jonathan Adler Queen Anne Mirror  4. Lemon Fig Verbena Scented Candle  5. Danish Lounge Chair  6. BungalowTaboret Side Table  7. Jaipu Maroc Sabra Flat Weave Rug  8. Worlds Away Chevron Wastebasket