Its official, the verdict is in; Reds are being pushed aside this year for bright Tangerine-oranges. When done right the color orange can give those dark sometimes empty corners of your house the bright and uplifting color it was waiting for. Orange shows you are willing to go outside the normal range on the color wheel, pick the unlikely and do it with conviction!
The color orange is a rousing color and is used to uplift ones feelings, a perfect combination for inside your home.
Glidden has delicious colors such as Citrus Punch, Orange Sherbet, Apricot Nectar, Fresh Tangerines, and Juicy Cantaloupe, to name a few. Don’t they sound wonderful?
Sherwin Williams has bold and beautiful colors such as Knockout Orange, Daredevil, Robust Orange, Invigorate and Daring. Check them out; they’re sure to get your creative juices running.
During my research I thought a lot about where orange would look the best, give you the most bang for your buck. Immediately I was drawn to places like the front foyer. Large enough in some cases to give your inside entrance a grand one and contained enough as to not necessarily set the mood for your entire home.
This was a great example. The orange makes such an impact but that doesn’t mean the rest of your home has to. If you notice the color on the wall in the adjacent room, it is a pale blue/gray. This allows the entry way to pack the punch for this home.
Another great example of a place to give a boost without going overboard is the closet.
Or my all time favorite: the mudroom!
It goes to show you a mudroom doesn’t have to be dark, dirty and lifeless. The sweet tangerine on the walls (Benjamin Moore – Fresno) really gives this room a welcoming feel to it.
If you have recently been looking to repaint or decorate your dining room then let me just say it seems like red has played its hand as the color to use these past few years in your dining room. Red gave the room drama and sophistication but now it’s time to incorporate a deep clementine color instead.
“A bright dynamic Orange makes for a more thoughtful control than explosive red. Unlike red associated with fire and heat, Orange is associated with the warmth of the sun.” Squidoo.com
This last picture is a great example of how to go bold without going all the way. The high white crown molding is beautiful and the pop of bright orange adds to the room nicely.
Playing off this notion, there are plenty of ways to add orange to your home without painting your walls orange. Accessories are one easy way to add some orange:
Or larger accessories such as a headboard: Although they have painted the wall, it gives the appearance of a large headboard. The wall is toned down by adding the fabric panels on the side.
Or an unexpected addition of color on the back of a bookshelf. I love this idea no matter what the color is.
If you’re looking for this years new inspiration for your dining room, closet, entryway or just looking to switch up your accessories, pick orange, it’s the new Red!
Until Next Time, Happy Designing!