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Zest for Orange Stays Strong in Fall 2012

Several color trend forecasters declared glowing orange the colour of the year for 2012, and fashion designers are certainly showcasing it, together with burnt orange, in their fall clothing lines. Bold orange hues are popular in house accessories for a few years now, and there appears to be no letting up at the requirement for this eye-popping colour. The nice thing about intense orange is that a little goes a long way in the house, and a lot of it will give you a major wow factor.

In time for fall, once the organic world is also displaying tons of stunning orange hues, here’s a selection of inspirational images and house accessories to spice up your house with orange.

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Jennifer Ott Design

A small sampling of sexy orange paint hues for fall, clockwise from top left: Flame 6-14, from Pratt & Lambert; Deep Spice KM3608-5, from Kelly-Moore; Rumba Orange 2014-20, from Benjamin Moore; and Yam SW6643, from Sherwin-Williams.

Orange and teal is a great color combo. These colours have a modern vibe which works in contemporary interiors, like this fantastic dining space. The high-energy duo is sure to stimulate interesting dinner conversation.

Dale Jones-Evans Pty Ltd Architecture

Bright orange is, well, glowing, and that explains the reason why it works best in small doses on interior walls. If you’re fortunate to have a space with abundant all-natural lighting, you can utilize this intense color without too much worry about overwhelming those in the room.

Pangaea Interior Design, Portland, OR

This is a brilliant use of colour. The vibrant orange color livens up the cool gray and gray, and the cloth softens all of the hard surfaces. The best part, however, is that it would be supereasy and cheap to change out the orange — no paintbrush required.

Amoroso Design

Whether this image inspires you to paint an accent wall in your house, try also adding a couple of small accessories at a similar color around the space. It will help the eye go through the room and balance the intensity of the accent wall.

CWB Architects

Another stunning accent wall. Notice how everything in the space is a light or neutral colour. The daring wall color functions as a piece of artwork — as the background canvas to the bird sculptures. Simple yet stunning.

Michele Plachter Design

Not a fan of daring accent walls? Install a couple of wall sockets and paint the interiors a vibrant hue. These make great screen shelves for almost any interesting items you happen to collect.

Dotter & Solfjeld Architecture + Design

I love the tendency of swapping out upper wall cabinets for windows at a kitchen. It makes a space so gloriously open and full of light. What a joy it has to be to cook and entertain in here! With such abundant all-natural light bouncing through the room, you might also introduce warmer and darker colours — like electric orange — without worrying that the space will look cave-like or too technicolor.


Warm wood floors, like the one pictured here, tend to see as orange. The bold orange rug tiles seem more nuanced — nearly textural — against the background of the “orange” flooring. It is a nice effect and enables the gorgeous furniture, in calming gray hues, to stand outside.

Cablik Enterprises

I would recommend most people to steer clear of glowing orange as an exterior colour, but clearly it can work on contemporary design. The clean lines and minimal adornment actually beg for vibrant colour; the bright orange color is a fantastic selection.

Grandin Road

Coral Area Rug, Orange – $69

For those of you not about to paint the interior — or outdoors of your house bright orange, there are different choices for bringing this interesting colour in your house, for example with this coral-print area rug from Grandin Road.

West Elm

Armless Upholstered Sofa – $899

This space-saving couch in orange would seem fantastic paired with soft gray hues and wood tones in a contemporary loft.


Knitted Blood Orange Pouf – $89.95

If you adore the cleverest of oranges but are wary about bringing them into your space, consider starting out small, with a piece like this pouf from CB2.

Malm Occasional Table, Orange – $129

Generally I recommend sticking with neutrals for large, expensive pieces of furniture, but you can always liven up your space with colour via comparatively affordable bits, like this occasional table from Ikea.


Galeras Vase – $79.95

Vases like these can stand by themselves, no new flowers needed. And they are a great way to inject some colour into a room with no major commitment. It is simple to replace or move this attachment as you desire.

Home Decorators Collection

Samantha Side Chair – $70.99

I adore this contemporary spin on a Louis XVI—style dining chair. Adding to its allure is that it is made of aluminum and therefore suitable for outdoor use, making it a fantastic multitasker.


Stacking Chair, Orange (Set of 2) – $79.99

Here’s another well-priced set of fun orange dining seats. These stack, so they’re great for a more compact space.


1-Light Pendant, Orange – $152

Look to light as another source for colour. Orange pendants have the added advantage of casting a pleasing warm light in your space.


Varaluz Urchin Orange Mini Pendant

You would not need much else to dress up a room with this pendant set up as the headboard. It is great for a small eat-in kitchen plus a powder room.

Inform us How have you used orange to add some flavor to your space?

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