There is something undeniably welcoming and earthy about the color orange, the harvest season’s most popular tone.This season Orange is the New Black in Decor.
While it’s true that the orange isn’t usually the first thought when it comes to home decorating, a well-placed pop of orange can add heat to any space, whether you’re applying a coat of apricot or tangerine paint to an accent wall or be adding pumpkin-hued throw pillows or blankets to your sofa.
For a lesson in how to work this fall tone into your interiors, check out these elegant spaces, all from the pages of Architectural Digest, that showcase creative ways to utilize an orange palette. Whether you draw inspiration from the changing leaves or the sunset.
In the dining room of this Alexandria, Virginia, home, interior designers R. Edward Bouchard and Marion E. Yeck added their own twist: “Since the backs of the chairs are the first things you see, we alternated the colors—red and saffron,” Yeck says.
“Using bright colors and strong stylized furniture, I created a contemporary residence with a 1940s French feel,” interior designer John Barman says of the Manhattan apartment he decorated for news anchor George Stephanopoulos, and his wife, actress Ali Wentworth. Barman installed paneling in the dining room, then painted it bright orange.
Interior designer Renee O’Leary chose a bold shade to offset the trim in the vaulted living room of this Virginia home. A Nobilis fabric covers the love seat, the chairs near the fireplace are done in a Bergamo fabric, and the orange rug is by Odegard.
Dubbed the Bali Isle Room, the guest quarters in this Andrew Raquet–designed home in the Bahamas combine a primitive-style China Seas wallpaper with citrus shade. The orange cotton throws are from Bamboo-Bamboo, the bed linens are by Matouk, and the rug is by Madeline Weinrib from ABC Carpet & Home.
In the bedroom of a Hong Kong apartment by Mattia Bonetti, the designer positioned a custom-made bed within a swath of orange lacquer that serves as a virtual canopy. Bonetti quilted the headboard with the same gray leather used for the bedspread, and the lamps and nightstands are also his work.
A Jonathan Adler light fixture crowns the living room in Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka’s Harlem, New York, townhouse, designed by architect Jeffery Povero and interior designer Trace Lehnhoff. Room & Board sofas are gathered with a high-back chair by Powell & Bonnell for Dennis Miller Assoc; the orange blanket is by Hermès, and the small orange painting between the windows is by Noah Davis.
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