Rachel Perls, our visiting color expert from Hue Consulting, is back to talk about the decor8 color of the month: Orange!
By: Rachel Perls, Hue Consulting
I am so excited about this month?s color, as it happens to be my favorite hue. But I think most people have to grow to love it. This color does tend to illicit strong reactions- you?re either in the orange fan club, or most definitely not. But lately, juicy orange has made inroads into our style sensibilities, showing up more and more frequently in mainstream design, and accepted by more people as they grow to understand it.
Personally, I think that Christo?s Gates installation in Central Park in New York City acted as a catalyst for popularizing orange. (That?s yours truly, Rachel Perls, in the picture. It was amazing to see!) Image: Rachel Perls.
Any time you need to interject some warmth into a space, orange is a fantastic option. This color just radiates heat. Aren?t these Venetian plaster walls gorgeous? Image: Shoot Factory.
In the tradition of ?go big, or go home?, embracing orange in all its glory. Sunny, cheerful, sweet orange; how it makes us smile. As a secondary color, it has the drama of red, slightly toned down by the light-heartedness of yellow. Image: Sixx Design.
Orange casts a healthy glow on your skin, so using it in drapery is an excellent option. Image: Designers Guild.
The wonderful thing about orange is how versatile it is. Decorating with this hue does not mean you only have the option of bright, vivid saturated color. Think of all the other varieties that this hue comes in: terra cotta, peach, coral, rust? (based on info at Dewey Color System.)
Terra cotta is a more subdued, elegant form of orange, strong and enduring. Think autumn harvest, falling leaves, and pumpkins. Image: Sunset magazine.
Sugar & Spice! Orangy paprika is an excellent choice for a kitchen, an inviting gathering space. Fun and energizing, it?s known as an appetite stimulant. Image: GV Interiors.
Or how about softer, peachy tones? Apricot, melon, all those yummy orange colors, can be both delicious and dramatic, while still subtle. Image: William Waldron.
To test the waters of orange, bring in accent pieces to add a pop of color without too much commitment. Image: Greg Natale.
You can also use natural elements, like flowers, or ceramic pots, to achieve some orange pizzazz outside. Think about how orange is showcased in nature-splashes of color against bright green foliage, often paired with brilliant violet flowers or set off against blue sky. This pairing of warm and cool colors works every time. Images: Nasturtium by Skipthebudgie, Poppies by Mary Mactavish, Patio image via Real Estate.
So, you?re not hot for orange? Or so you think. Do you have wood floors or furniture? Wood has distinct color undertones that can range from deep burgundy to orange or gold to blonde. Surprised? People often neglect this point when selecting wood pieces. Something to think about the next time you try to mix a mahogany dresser with an ash headboard and oak end tables, right? Image: Jeff Andrews Design.
So, if you haven?t before, give orange a second look. Think of all the varieties it comes in, and see how you can incorporate this warmth and energy into your spaces. It?s sure to put a smile on your face.
Thank you Rachel for stopping in with your Orange color report! Today is all about Orange here on decor8, so I’ll be back with a few posts of my own to show you some of my favorite rooms and products in case you’re looking for a little orange inspiration today. See you soon!
I’m closely following Apartment Therapy’s Smallest Coolest contest (who isn’t?) and when I spotted Lydia’s space in San Francisco today, I had to show you because this super cool lady lives in a two room studio that has such a great layout (it feels huge) and my favorite part, a lavender ceiling! I don’t know Lydia, but with a space like that, I imagine she is a pretty neat lady with a big personality and loads of style. Love it!
This inspired me because I’ve been in a purple haze the past few days looking at this hue in so many stylized settings from magazines that I needed a reality check: to see it in a REAL home. So here’s a glimpse of Lydia’s lavender ceilings. While you’re at it, view a slideshow of her space or watch a video of it (for more ceiling footage) over on the amazing Apartment Therapy.
(images from apartment therapy and lydia)
Leah Hennen, a fellow freelance writer (she has all the big guns like Real Simple, The New York Times, HGTV.com, Health magazine, and now, her own blog, More Ways to Waste Time on her resume), shared The Washington Post series on lavender today. Quite exciting — more design inspiration if you’re looking to add a little lavender love into your life. Seems others are turning their attention towards this color so the timing on this is perfect. The four articles are linked below from The Washington Post. Enjoy!
“Lavender, Neutralized” discusses how lavender can be a “soft and embracing neutral”. Side point: Is the dog on the sofa not the most overly used, yet utterly charming, accent in home decor photos? It’s almost like dogs are cooler than kids, more hip. If someone flips open their wallet to show their grinning kids, the “friend” usually forces themselves to show interest and politely looks at them. They’re totally hiding the “whatever” look and famous eye roll, pretending that your smiling son is the cutest thing alive. Whip out photos of your new dog, and the whole office forms a line at your desk, requesting you bring in more photos, or better yet, the whole dog. Back to my point. Dogs in photos. Kids in photos completely bombs unless you are selling products for kids. Dogs in photos always work whether you are selling a sleek Italian sofa or an oil tanker. But I digress… Just a ‘trend’ I’m seeing with dogs in photos.
“How They Make the Most of Lavender” (expert advice on using the color). Good article, check it out.
“The Experts’ Specific Picks”: This article features fave paint hues from design experts. I’ll add my voice here, as I have my opinions on the subject, too. Ahem. My favorite purples from Mr. Ben Moore are Violet Mist (greyish), Whispering Wind (heavenly, soft purple), and Irises (if you are looking for a deep, dark purple that almost reads as a charcoal grey in certain light).
And finally, a photo gallery over at The Post showcasing lovely lavender interiors. Like some of these photos I’ve included in this very post.
I absolutely adore this image. Delish! A purple table for the entry. What a statement. Despite how perfectly stylized things are (shell artfully arranged on (or near as in this case) a book, Nate Berkus and Oprah would grin and the audience would clap at this one, especially Miss Beckster), I think the homeowner sincerely hopes you’ll see that they’re really a fun bunch behind all the OCD perfection. They’re secretly praying that when you enter their home, that purple table will show off their amazing taste, perky personality, and their ability to read books.
Ah. One can only look and admire the perfect placement of every single item. Thankfully, the white coverlet gave this room the grown up feel that it would not have had if the designer added a pattern on this bed. As is, the room is absolutely serene and very, what would that girl on Top Design say, Glamtastic? Or was it Glamalicious? Glammaramma ding dong? :)
Okay, so I think we can call it quits on Purple. I need a break. I think I’ll go back to the regularly scheduled program here on decor8. Hope you had fun with this because the goal here was to break the mold and for some (—->me<----), position purple in a more positive light. I'm cured, what about you?
Thank you Leah for the GREAT tip!
(all images from the washington post)