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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Colour Focus: Hot for Orange!

Delmar sofa from Restoration Hardware.
As the weather heats up and we spend evenings and weekends outdoors, a favourite summer hue comes to mind that is versatile and fresh. Vibrant and juicy, orange is a jolt of radiance for both indoors and out.

Pottery Barn dining room via Willow Decor.
Orange is modern yet warm and inviting when paired with white walls and rustic furniture.

Photo by Thomas Loof, styling by Tristam Steinberg
This orange, red and pink room featured in O at Home looks luxurious and inviting.

Love how the round dark mirror and greek key ottomans punctuate this bold orange room!

The psychology of colour suggests orange is a jovial colour that stimulates conversation, energizes and fosters creativity. It is also a colour representing health in Feng Shui. Orange always radiates warmth, and its colour family has seasonal longevity: think pale apricot in spring, bold tangerine in summer, and rustic pumpkin in fall.

Kitchen by La Cuisine Royale, UK
Orange adds warmth and whimsy to this modern kitchen.

Design Diva Kelly Wearstler likes orange,'s a peek in her closet!

Photo courtesy Jessicaclaire's world.
Sarah Richardson combines orange and pink in this lucky baby girl's nursery.

Photo courtesy Design Basics.
Some orange paint can add instant drama to a space. This craft room definitely inspires!
Photo via William Waldron for sohaute.
This combination of orange, gray, ivory and charcoal in stripes from Sheila Bridge's room is stunning.

How does Housewears use orange? We added a bold splash of orange to a pool cabana and outdoor living space. This photo shows inside the cabana, where there's plenty of room for a quick change and blowdry after a refreshing swim. The room acts as a protective storage space for the outdoor furniture in the winter. Flooring: limestone subway tiles, Chair: Philippe Starck's Louis Ghost Chair for Kartell.

An elegant orange wedding table display courtesy of Weddings on the French Riviera.

A collage of orange fabrics from Veranda Magazine.

Sigornia Firenze Blossom bedding from Neiman Marcus.
Orange gloss rococo mirror from The Conran Shop.

Orange harlequin wallpaper from Blue Mountain.

FWB Wallpaper in co 008 from Walnut Wallpaper.

Pottery Barn's Collette stool in Orange Spice.

Fun Morocco Dinnerware from cb2.

Orange and pink is a beautiful thing! Louis Vuitton ad via lacouturienyc.

Lora Piana stola Nuvola Aspara wrap from Bergdorf Goodman.

Neon Orange watch from Toywatch.

Hermes bracelet via iheartthat.

Coral Diane Von Furstenberg jersey dress from Neiman Marcus.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis bag in orange via

How can you add a slice of orange to your life?

Start small! Small hits of orange in pillows, candles, vases can make a great statement without blowing a budget. The same goes for a wardrobe... a chic orange tote and a chunky orange bracelet add a summery statement to a white linen blouse and jeans.
This week, we're hooked on orange! Check out what others are hooked on by visiting Hooked on Houses!


  1. I'm not usually a big fan of orange but your pics have changed my mind, a splash of it really makes a big impact.
    Thanks for checking out my blog, enjoy the rest of your long weekend.

  2. Thanks for all the great pictures of orange. We bought a super-comfy orange sectional last fall for the loft, and now I need to figure out how to decorate around it!!

    The collage of orange fabrics from Veranda is going into my dining room inspiration folder -- love that nailhead detailing :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies


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