Orange Delight: Furniture in "Hello!" Citrus Hues

Orange Delight: Furniture in "Hello!" Citrus Hues

Few colors feel as thoroughly modern as orange. There's nothing subtle about citrus, nor shy. It's exuberant, the design equivalent of an extrovert. Used as an accent or a centerpiece, orange adds visual pop to any interior, especially when it comes to furniture.

When I was a kid, I used to covet a pair of old wingback chairs in my dad's office, both upholstered in lovely tangerine wool. When I moved to Seattle, he let me take one, and even though we have to work the room around it -- orange doesn't fade into the background -- I'm always surprised by how well the chair blends in. (I especially love it with gray and white; too much black and it starts to feel like Halloween.)

Nearly every contemporary furniture line, from the highest-end to Ikea, has orange pieces in its inventory at any given time. It's also a mainstay of midcentury, and even graces the occasional antique, though it takes a bold soul to wrap orange around anything really old.

Since it's Furniture Month here at Apartment Therapy, we rounded up a few noteworthy pieces, a mix of newcomers and classics and one jaw-dropping reupholstery job.

And as always, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Orange seems like one of those love-it-or-hate-it hues – which is it for you?

• Patricia Urquiola's Bloomy armchairs evoke open flowers, while the zippers lend a touch of edginess.

• The splurge-worthy Wegner Wishbone chair is especially eye-catching in orange.

• This West Elm side table in persimmon is powder-coated for indoor/outdoor use.

• From Room and Board, a slim cocktail table that's a match made in heaven for a gray streamlined sofa.

• Would you be able to get any sleep in this Big Double Bed Squaring Penisola by Bonaldo?

• Orange seems like the perfect color for the playful and iconic Orange Slice Chair, designed by Pierre Paulin in 1960.

• Glossy orange fiberglass doesn't need beer goggles to fall hard for wood, as proven by John Knott with his Drunk Egyptian Chair.

• Can't deal with all-out orange? This contemporary Omega desk and chair by Atomare keeps it contained to a stripe along the seams.

• A classic wingback in orange, similar to mine but in a lot better shape. Colin chair in persimmon velvet by Jayson Home & Garden.

• Morgan from the Brick House did an amazing job reupholstering this sofa in vibrant orange. It should be too much, but somehow it's not.


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