Take It Outside
Warm colors like orange give off an energy and intensity unmatched by their cooler cousins. Use these hues in spaces where you anticipate and want activity, like an outdoor living room.
Contrary to popular belief, adding color to a room without a lot of natural light helps brighten the room and makes it feel larger. In this living room makeover, Kim Myles uses several colors, including a warm orange and lime green, to expand the space.
If you're taking your first foray into orange, start with a few furnishings in a muted shade. For this makeover, designer Candice Olson adds a chaise lounge and ottoman in a deep autumn hue. Pillows in a similar tone pull color into the neutral sectional.
One of the best ways to show off a color is to combine it with its complementary hue. In this Moroccan design, Kim Myles uses orange and blue, which sit across from each other on the color wheel, to create a vibrant, energetic outdoor living space.
Not quite ready to take the plunge into orange? Add pops of the hue with accessories. In this design, David Bromstad uses brightly colored orange pillows in different patterns to contrast the neutral furnishings.
Touches of Tangerine
Since orange is the color of the sun, it's only natural that it creates a bright and warm atmosphere. In this tropical makeover, orange is combined with hot pink and yellow, creating an analogous scheme, which means the colors sit next to each other on the color wheel.
To spice up this kitchen, designer David Bromstad paints an orange backsplash with a floral motif. Like its adjacent color red, orange is known to stimulate the appetite, so it's perfect for a kitchen.
Shades of Pumpkin
To highlight a neutral palette, add a splash of color. Kim Myles uses deep browns and grays to create a relaxing bedroom retreat, but opts for a muted orange to add color as a subtle accent.
Orange is ideal for highlighting the main focal points in your room, since it has a high visibility. Think outside the box when working with your fireplace and turn it into a real centerpiece. For this project, David Bromstad designed a facade that looks like a Shaker dresser to transform the look of the fireplace.