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Monday, 22 March 2010

{Colour inspiration: Orange}

Orange is a great way to add zing to a room and can either be used extensively for a loud and vibrant look (image 1), or as a bold accent to lift an otherwise muted scheme (7). My favourite use of orange is the solid wall of orange tiles in the kitchen below (4); I think it's vibrancy would be wonderfully uplifting first thing, warming in the winter and suitably bright during the summer months. The berries (2) are a great example of how to use orange accents, whilst simultaneously maintaining a pretty and feminine scheme - this is often hard to do with such a masculine colour, so definitely use orange hues sparingly if this is the look you are after.

12 comments:

  1. Wow, I love the splash back from the last image. And even though it's not the kind of thing I'm usually drawn to, I can't seem to take my eyes of the kitchen in image 4!

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  2. Ooh, I love orange...I haven't used it in my home yet but I do plan to...I love #3 a little bit country orange!
    Great post.
    Beth

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  3. orange is one of my fav colours to use in the home. i have a big wall in my loft painted orange and i love it! it's 'nike shoe box orange' as my boyfriend calls it!

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  4. Love Orange!!! Instant mood lifter!!

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  5. I really love image # 3. Its a really nice space and the colours work perfect for me!

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  6. Wasn't it Jonathan Adler who said that you MUST add orange to every room. Looks like he's right!

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  7. Thanks for all your comments guys - great to hear your thoughts on orange.

    Yes, Michelle, JA did say that. These images defo prove that he was right!

    froulala, Ruby and Renee - Orange is one of my favourite colours as well!

    Darcy - It's great how orange can surprise you, hey? Love the orange in image 4; it's my favourite!

    Beach Vintage - The orange in image 3 is lovely and soft, but warming at the same time - would look good in a beach house I think.

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  8. Wow, you know, that spotty splash back is pretty fabulous! Good topic today - Orange is badly misunderstood...

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  9. Picture 4 is totally what I'm going for in my new kitchen - same floor too! I like the way the worktops mirror the floor too. Definitely something to think about as I haven't chosen everything for definite yet...

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  10. Heather - the splashback is so cool in orange! I agree, orange is badly misunderstood - I love it, such a fantastic colour.

    Li - we share the same favourite image - great isn't it!

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  11. LOVE the Orange!! I did an orange/red/yellow color-wash in my formal dining room and it looks fantastic (bragging a little...) It blended so well that it looks almost leathery...and I did the whole thing, from taking down pics to priming, to painting (more than three coats color-washed with a sponge) and put the entire room back together--in one day!!
    I also have a subdued peachy-orange on one wall of my bonus room where I work out. The other three walls are a subdued turquoise-blue. Sounds odd, but looks awesome!!

    Thanks for showcasing this under-rated color!!

    I'll have to post some pics of my dining room on my blog!!

    I'll be back for more decorating tips & tricks!!

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  12. I fell in love with the Astrid Chair from Anthroplogie. Since I can't afford that I saved it as my desktop and drew up a whole living room based off of that chair.

    So happy to find others who love orange as much as I do! I got an old metal filing cabinet and painted it bright orange. It makes me smile everyday even though my boyfriend still eyes it suspiciously.

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