Now that autumn is within reach, it’s only natural that we talk a bit about its signature color: orange. A color that reflects many moods, one might think that using such a color in a home requires a lot of bravery. While it may not be an instinctual first choice, it is definitely a color worthy of consideration.
In its truest form, orange is the perfect mix of red and yellow. But, in a broader sense, it’s so much more than that. It’s cheery and bold. It can be calm and soothing or vibrant and warm. It’s a color that elevates energy, health, and vitality. It’s a color that evokes happiness, inspires creativity, and provokes optimism. It’s even been known to stimulate appetite and socialization.
This single color can infuse personality into a room with ease–and if this is something your home needs, then orange might be the color for you.
With that said, it can be a color many people aren’t sure how to use. Let’s talk about how to use orange in big ways and in small ones too.
Small Scale Use
If you’re intrigued by a shade of orange but aren’t ready for–or in need of–something bold, keep it simple. Focus on things like accent pillows, vases and picture frames. You can even take it a step further by incorporating it into your home through slightly bigger items such as area rugs, duvet covers, or window treatments. Outdoor spaces are also a great place to try new colors.
Taking a Bigger Leap
If not much holds you back when it comes to test-driving a new color, then there are certainly bigger ways you can use shades of orange in your home. Ready to dive in head first? Start with your walls. It’s a bold move, but orange is a very warm and welcoming color that can make an incredible statement in your home. If you aren’t sure about using it in a prominent area of the home, opt for a more unexpected approach of painting the walls of a powder room or the backs of some built-ins. Orange is also a great color for a gender-neutral nursery.
Another big way to use orange is with fabric. No, I’m not suggesting you cover your entire sofa in tangerine (although you could) but rather something more along the lines of an accent chair. An accent chair in your entryway, study, or living room is a fun way to give the space an extra burst of vitality and personality.
Remember, the color orange is so much more that what you find in a crayon box. Shades of orange range from almost red to something bright like a tangerine, so there are more options than you may realize. Furthermore, fabrics with patterns give you more flexibility. Instead of focusing on solids, look for fabrics that have other colors incorporated within the pattern to make decorating easier.
In closing, I leave you with 3 of our orange-family fabrics. Hopefully, they’ll inspire you to try orange in your home this season.