Orange Crush: How to Make Orange Work in Your Home

Orange Crush: How to Make Orange Work in Your Home

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Arlyn Hernandez
Aug 24, 2017
(Image credit: Deborah French Designs)

Not as aggressive as red but still radiating warmth, energy and excitement, orange can be a bit tricky to work into your home. A rather dominating color no matter the shade, it's a delicate balance between having it come off interesting and sophisticated in a room rather than over-the-top and shocking. If you love the color but need a little guidance as to what to pair it with, read on for seven of our favorite orange-centric palettes.

(Image credit: Domino)

Inspiration

If you're looking for something with a little drama that also feels grounded and comfortable, this bedroom featured on Domino is a great example of how to get there. A nice balance of one deep, moody color paired with one dynamic hue, rounded out with some neutrals, this would be easy to emulate using that formula with a variety of picks from the color wheel.

Color Palette

A base of a deep hunter green (which is dark but still feels cool and inviting thanks to some blue undertones) commands much of the attention in this bedroom. The trick to pulling your eye away from the wall and throughout the rest of the room is to use a vibrant color like the orange in the nightstand and headboard fabric. A little goes a long way here. The rest of the palette is made up of taupe-y grays and just a touch of an "ugly" golden mustard color for something unexpected.

(Image credit: Instagram)

Inspiration

From County Living's Instagram, this is the type of room that feels seasonal, no matter the season. Here, styled with gourds and autumnal clippings, it gives off a fall vibe, but it could easily also feel summery with a few vases of sunflowers and daisies.

Color Palette

A burnt orange is a great choice for furnishings if you love the color but are shy about how imposing it might be in your room. It comes off more sophisticated and serious, but marrying it with a deep turquoise or teal keeps it from feeling dusty. To further modernize the palette, bring in some neutrals like a cool gray and a warm beige.

(Image credit: Sara Gilbane Interiors)

Inspiration

At first glance, this room from Sara Gilbane Interiors has a simple palette, except the more you look, the more the subtleties are revealed. A mix of prints and plenty of black keep the scene looking glam yet urban chic.

Color Palette

Orange and blue are complements on the color wheel (meaning they sit opposite each other), so they are a works-every-time combination. Here, instead of going with a brighter true blue, the designer toned it down, opting for a richer navy instead. A yellow leather ottoman brings in another color that traditionally pairs well with blue, though the mustard shade makes things a little more interesting.

(Image credit: Deborah French Designs)

Inspiration

I find that people often think of orange in home decor as difficult to deal with, but Deborah French Designs proved in this living room how easy it can be. She started with a pretty neutral base (which is always a good idea when dealing with louder colors), and layered in just a few punchy pieces to great effect.

Color Palette

Here's another deep orange hue paired with a shade of blue (in this case, something a little more denim-y). The room would have been just lovely had the designer stopped there, but to round it out nicely, she added dusty fuchsia floor pillows. The trio of colors feels less stiff than a duo would have.

(Image credit: Domino)

Inspiration

Perhaps the most sophisticated palette in this list, this seating area found on Domino is totally regal. Lush velvets add dimension to the colors on the draperies and the sofa.

Color Palette

As not to dominate over the softer grape-y purples and navy blues, a hushed peach-y orange on the draperies peacefully co-exist with the other dominant colors, making for an interesting (and totally gorgeous) palette. A punch of crimson in the pillows accentuates the subtle warmth of the curtains.

(Image credit: The Novogratz)

Inspiration

This bedroom from The Novogratz via SF Girl by Bay feels like a shock of energy. Making a juicy, bright orange wall work is not an easy feat. If you need a little motivation to get going in the morning, something this peppy might be for you.

Color Palette

Obviously, the star here is that orange wall, which is a crisp, clear hue. Using a colorblocking technique, The Novogratz threaded in just a hint of hot pink (on the trim of the bedspread), highlighter yellow accents and, of course—the only way to really make this livable—plenty of white.

(Image credit: Domino)

Inspiration

Adorable little girl aside, this room via Domino, designed by Miles Redd, feels like it could have been pulled from the pages of a magazine from several decades ago, but in a way that feels time-honored, not dated. It is, however, from modernday, and we're plucking several notes on color pairings from it.

Color Palette

Apricot-like oranges are the base of the living room, from the sofa to the Turkish Oushak rug (which inspired the rest of the room's palette). From there, lavender walls and touches of deep, warm golden yellows are rounded out with chocolate browns and hints of black.

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