Orange Crush – How to Add Pop to Your Space
“Orange is the happiest color.” – Frank Sinatra
I’ll be honest – orange is not the first color I think to incorporate into a space. But, in honor of fall & October, I wanted to explore how combining orange with different “neutral” tones could transform a space.
All About Orange
Ranging from the light orange of the fruit, to the darker orange of saffron – and everything in between – orange is a very versatile color. Tones like terra cotta & rust are universally popular and can make a space feel warm and cozy. Orange is known to stimulate appetite, making it a great color for kitchens or dining rooms. It is also considered a color that encourages socialization & stimulates activity.
Orange & Gray
Gray is a chamelon of a color. Ranging from warm to cool – gray is the perfect color to pair with orange. Dark gray + pumpkin feels warm and cozy. Dove gray + tangerine feels fun & fresh. The possibilities with orange & gray are endless. Consider the mood you want to create in your space and choose accordingly.
Orange & Neutrals
Beige and taupe are perfect complements to the warmer tones of orange. Consider pairing a beige with rust or terra cotta to create a warm, happy space. White + orange feels clean & happy – as shown in the bathroom below. If you are a little scared of orange being too bright, pairing with a neutral brown or beige will help create a warm look and keep a space from feeling too bold.
Orange & Navy
Probably the most traditional of these pairings – orange & navy are complementary colors. The result can be preppy and traditional or modern and fresh. Adding some darker oranges and reds will create a warm, cohesive color scheme in your space.
Sources: 1 Mark English, San Francisco | 2 PB Elemental, Seattle | 3 Atelier Bea Interiors + Design, Chicago | 4 Jessica Gersten Interiors, NYC 5 Steven Miller Design Studio, San Francisco | 6 Fine Focus Photography | 7 Carter Kay Interiors, Atlanta | 8 Tineke Triggs, San Francisco | 9 Whitten Architects, Maine 10 Denise McGaha Interiors, Dallas | 11 Pinemar Inc, Philadelphia | 12 Darci Goodman Design, Los Angeles | 13 Deborah French Designs, NYC | 14 Caleb Johnson Architects + Builders, Maine