Color Crush: Spice Up Your Decor With Cayenne

Just a dash of this fiery red-orange hue can seriously perk up a space. Get 14 ideas for decorating with cayenne.

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September 02, 2016
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Cayenne Orange Color Palette

Spice up your home with this zesty red-orange hue. It looks rich and gorgeous when paired with other warm colors like pink, beige and burgundy, or it can offer contrast against cool colors like blue or gray.

High-Impact Hue

Used in a variety of cuisines, the fiery cayenne pepper can kick any dish up a notch. It does the same in home design — notice how vibrant this bedroom's plum and lavender tones look when paired with a deep red-orange.

Warm Traditional

A red-orange hue can look warm and cozy in a traditional space. In this farmhouse dining room, a bold cayenne wall covering conveys the richness of a country manor, while white paneling keeps the space from feeling too heavy.

Nautical Nod

When mixed with blues and crisp whites, cayenne takes on a nautical look, as seen in this guest bedroom.

Outdoorsy Vibe

Cayenne can even take on a rustic tone when paired with animal prints and plaids. Designed for a 12-year-old boy, this sophisticated bedroom will grow with him into his teen years and beyond. The slight woodsy feel of the space meshes well with the home's proximity to a nature reserve.

Bohemian Flair

Two upholstered ottomans in a spicy cayenne color warm up this bedroom, balancing the blue and white ombré walls. The mix of warm and cool colors enhances the eclectic look of the space.

Contemporary Farmhouse

Barstools with orange leather upholstery help bridge the gap between two design styles in this kitchen. The hue is warm enough to complement the room's rustic, farmhouse-inspired elements, yet bold enough to bring out the sleek, contemporary details.

A Burst of Color

In a mostly neutral room, a bold cayenne piece can take the space to the next level. This elegant transitional living room gets a burst of eye-catching color from a bright orange sofa.

Show-Stopping Vanity

This bathroom is drenched in soothing shades of cream, white and brown, interrupted by a red-orange vanity that adds a shot of bold color to the space.

Energized Entryway

A cayenne orange front door pops against this home's neutral exterior palette. A combination of siding and stacked stone adds depth and visual interest to the house.

Unexpected Pair

A dynamic duo of cayenne and lavender infuses this kitchen and dining area with vibrant energy. The lively color combo offsets the room’s neutral walls and clean, sleek design.

Inspired by Fall

A warm, gray hue envelops the walls of this guest bedroom, making the space feel cozy and inviting. Atop the gray base, the designer incorporated linens and accent pieces in shades of orange inspired by brilliant fall leaves.

Spice Up the Kitchen

Even in small doses, cayenne can make a big impact on a room. A floral-patterned valance with touches of vibrant orange adds a surprising splash of color to this white kitchen.

Surprisingly Soothing

Bold cayenne doesn't always have to steal the show. In this living room, a single red-orange throw pillow sits against a backdrop of calming cream and baby blue. The pillow adds a touch of warmth to the space without overpowering it.

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