Could Orange Actually Be The New Black? If So, How Do We Use It at Home?

Could Orange Actually Be The New Black? If So, How Do We Use It at Home?

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Alison Gerber
Oct 21, 2015

I still remember the day my 13-year-old brother wanted to wear all orange to school: orange from head to toe. I thought he was crazy, but what if he was actually onto something, just 14 years ahead of his time? What if orange is totally awesome? How can we best use it in our homes?

What my little brother knew, apparently instinctively, is that orange looks great in saturation, as in both of the homes pictured above. Saturation gives orange an exotic, otherworldly feel.

However, if otherworldly really isn't your thing, and if your place has a more modern vibe, accents of orange work wonders. Remember the 80/20 rule: 80% neutral, 20% color. An antique Danish dental cabinet provides a shot of color in an otherwise serenely grey dining room.

But you could also go with one major orange accent piece, like this spicy orange sofa.

Still, what goes with orange? Well, for Mid-century modern fans, the answer is teak...

...for industrial-loft types, the answer is exposed brick...

...and for the eclectic collector, the answer is anything and everything!

Several years ago, orange was used a lot with turquoise blue, but that fun color combo seems to only have lived on in the world of kids' rooms.

These days, for a more sophisticated look, orange is paired with other warm hues like pink and yellow.

And, as it turns out, orange looks fabulous with with black, so I guess we can't get rid of black entirely!

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