Give Me Orange or Give me Death
Hey it’s a dramatic color, what can I say.
Traditional Home – November 2008
Can you think of a harder color to work with, even in the garden? I do like orange but it sure can stump a designer. It does not always play well with others.
And maybe the opposite, in my humble opinion, HGTV design. It translate well on TV so you see so much of it popping right off the screen.
Tastefully, it is a color often used as an accent rather than as a full monochromatic color scheme. The shades range from very warm yellows and peachy colors to darker burnt oranges. They can be combined with varying shades of the opposite in blue for drama. Many times the color works well with warm wood tones like oak or dark wood like mahogany or walnut. Just watch the reds.
Just an accent. Veranda September 2009
Just a faint touch with pale gray-blue. Veranda October 2009
What I want you to see above is the connection to the landscape outside. Look at the design on the fountain and see if you can get the same feel with the papered wall. The round form and intricate florals. Feeling transported abroad? Notice the color of the woodwork with the yellows and orange. Catching a theme here. Always work with your wood tones. It will give a more professional look to your design.
Elegant Homes Fall/ Winter 2009
The kitchen above just uses a bit of orange in the tile to warm up the hard surfaces in the kitchen. The cabinetry also has a very warm tone accomplishing the same thing. Blues, yellows and orange have a lot of impact in a subtle way in the tile. Check out the barrel-vaulted ceiling. Orange subway type tile. Now that is daring and a great touch.
Veranda May/June 2010
This selection of roses and lilies make a pretty tablescape with the rustic handmade items on the antique linen tablecloth.
I saw so many designers telling you how to use it. I saw designs that really frighten me with the outrageous saturated oranges. My post today has put me on a quest. I am going to find a great use of this color if it kills me.
The way I like orange used personally speaking, is with restraint. Mix it with white for freshness and a happy feel. Here above, if you accessorize with it, it can be swapped out when you tire of it, and you will over time. It is a difficult color that flows in and out with the temperamental trends.
House Beautiful 2010
You will be seeing more of the butterflies on Garden Walk Garden Talk. A recent trip to the Butterfly Conservatory is just the thing to brighten the winter doldrums. But it was the inspiration for this post today. Find your happy color.