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Aug 05 2011

Decorating Your Home in Shades of Orange – Warm, Inviting and Energetic

Orange is a color that few people consider when decorating their homes, and it’s really a shame.  This is a color that can be warm, rich, bright or energetic.  The many shades of orange are perfect for every room of your home; pastel shades provide a soft look in bathrooms and rich shades warm up the kitchen.  If you have never considered decorating your home with orange, the ideas below will give you a whole new perspective.

Add a pop of color with bright orange

In a living room or kitchen, bright orange is the perfect color to liven things up a bit.  You probably won’t want to paint the walls bright orange, but when sprinkled throughout the room in accessories, bright orange offers a bold, sunny flavor to the room.

Lamps, throw pillows, picture frames and vases can add interest and color to a living room.  In the kitchen, inject a bit of energy with mugs, dish towels, mixing bowls and other smaller items which are on display.

A smaller piece of furniture such as a single accent chair colored in bright orange can serve as the focal point of the room, especially if done in a bold pattern such as striped or geometric prints.

Create warm, dramatic spaces with dark orange

A dark orange or pumpkin shade is perfect for the dining room, living room or home office.  Those who enjoy a warm atmosphere will find that dark orange is not at all energetic like bright orange is.  The look is dramatic and at the same time cozy.

In the dining room, dark orange paired with dark wood furnishings creates a warm atmosphere.  Add splashes of dark orange through the centerpiece, wall art and even a table runner.

A living room decorated in cream shades, dark orange and other earth tones makes for a relaxing, inviting atmosphere.  It is well known that color affects mood and spirits; if you live in a colder climate, dark orange hues can make a room feel cozy and warm.

Soft orange for soft, feminine spaces

Soft orange hues range from pale melon to light peach, and look beautiful when paired with sage green, white or soft, pale shades of blue.

These colors can create a dreamy atmosphere in the bathroom; since the colors are light, they also work well to make a small bath look larger.

While it’s best to stay away from dominant orange shades in the bedroom because of the energy orange projects, pale, soft shades of orange when used sparingly, can create a warm, ambient atmosphere that is conducive to restful sleep.

Years ago, people would never have dreamed of using orange in their decorating schemes.  Today, you can use any color you like.  Why own a home that is boring and dull, when your home can be filled with personality and color?  Give orange a try – you just may be surprised at how beautiful your home can be when using the various shades available to you today.

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Nov 18 2010

From Chic to Traditional Home Decorating, the Trend this Season is Orange!

Published by under Interior Design & Decorating

While it may surprise you, orange is a color that is being used more and more in decorating, no matter what style of decor you prefer.  From bright, vibrant and energetic to warm and relaxing, orange hues can transform your home from dull and lackluster to exciting and beautiful!

Orange is for more than small accents!

Placing even a small bit of orange in a room can brighten it up.  Think of placing a few oranges in a teal green or bright blue bowl in the middle of your dining room table – instant energy!  While this is a good idea, you can use orange in a much broader spectrum about your home, from walls and accent rugs to decorations and furnishings.

Blend colors for a dramatic effect that isn’t overpowering

When you decide that orange shades are what you want to use in your home, you need to break it up a bit with other colors to prevent a look that is over-powering.  Consider neutral tones such as cream or gold hues; for a chic, modern look consider colors such as vibrant blue or even bright yellow.

For a warm, inviting look, pale orange shades such as peach or melon are great on the walls; paint the baseboards and other trim a calm shade of sand or cream, and you create a look that is extremely appealing.  Combine shades of forest green and cream in furnishings, accent pillows, wall art and throw rugs for a look that brings the freshness of nature to mind.

Like a bold, exciting look?

Orange is the perfect color for those who aren’t afraid to go bold and dramatic.  Layered tones of yellow-orange, red and even pink create a look that is daring yet totally modern.  An apricot color for the sofa when combined with burnt orange walls and pink chairs is energetic and completely unique!

For those who prefer a coastal chic look, be sure to include lots of texture and colors such as turquoise.  Citrus orange furniture blended with pale blue walls and turquoise accents creates a look that is relaxing yet oh-so appealing.  Lots of ceramic, glass and patterned throw pillows add texture and interest that complete the look.  Think of natural elements such as stone as well.

Perfect for entertaining areas

Orange evokes energy, so it is the perfect color for decorating the areas of your home where you entertain, such as a covered deck or patio.  Combine lots of greenery with outdoor furnishings in shades of cantaloupe and rust and you have an area that invites your guests to feel right at home.  Finally, if you add splashes of white to liven up the area further you will inject a “light” airy atmosphere.

Years ago, no homeowner would have dreamed of decorating their home with orange; now, various shades of orange are effective for adding bright, energetic undertones or creating an atmosphere that is totally warm and relaxing.  Need a beautiful change of pace for your decor?  Think orange!

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