No Fail Color Palettes - Zesty Oranges

10/25/11    Sara McLean  |  specs+spaces Editor, Dunn-Edwards Corporation, Allied Member ASID, CMG

ORANGE -- ripe, juicy and uninhibited, orange can revive any color palette and add just the right amount of spice to a room. Zesty orange is a color that remains warm in all its variations – from fiery sunset to ripe peach. Paired with earthy shades, it conjures old-world charm; combined with pink and turquoise, it showcases a festive outlay; and when mixed with white, it becomes a gentle pastel hue.
Making Orange Work: reconsider orange as a go-to color for sophistication and fun. Some tips:
-         Keep orange chic rather than overwhelming by painting a pale tone on one wall and neutrals on the other walls.
-         Place darker woods in a room with orange walls. Lighter maples and pines may blend right into your color.
-         Use a graphic pattern on soft furnishings that matches the boldness of the orange hue on the walls.
-         Mix in accessories of equal intensity such as lime green, vivid blue, candy-apple red, or chocolate brown.
-         Use an orange-patterned rug with a light background on the floor.

Historic Touches: Paprika &
Royal Blue
Serious Playtime: Orange &
Bonfire Flame (DEA109)

Harvest Time (DE5208)
Deep Crimson (DEA152)

Red Revival (DEA154)
  Indigo Night (DEA138)

Frozen Wave (DE5829)

Sea Glass (DEC775)

Foil (DE6360)

Simply Sophisticated:
Terra Cotta & Peach

Layered Luxury: 
Berry & Icy Blue

Georgia Clay (DE5181)

Pomegranate (DE5090)

Sweet Potato (DE5201)

Roseberry (DE5122)

Shady (DEC774)

Cloudless (DE5861)

Cocoa (DEC755)

Heather (DEC773)

Vintage Restoration: 
Bronze & Gray

Country Chic: Pumpkin & Red

Bronzed Orange (DE5179)

Cultured Rose (DE5123)
  Snow Peak (DE6386)

Pumpkin Pie (DE5228)

Legendary Gray (DE6369)

Red Contrast (DEA106)

Tickled Crow (DEC780)

Swiss Coffee (DEW341)

We continue our color palette story next time with a study of Blue. 

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Donna Frasca says:
October 30, 2011 at 7:24 AM
Love the spicy orange but I really would love to see it paired with a fabulous green.

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