Orange You Glad It’s Fall? I Am!

Orange is red brought nearer to humanity by yellow.” — Wassily Kandinsky

 If you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of the color orange. Now that’s its fall I can find all sorts of accessories, florals, leaves…and pumpkins to plop into my home to give it a little fall lift. So, it’s a favorite time for me to decorate, redecorate and move things around a bit.

orange flowers on a kitchen island

Don’t be afraid to use orange in your home. Here are some ideas…

Use the color in big ways: This can take guts and design smarts if you are using orange as a highly saturated hue on all four walls…but it’s do-able.  See my post on using orange in interior design for some great ideas.  But using a more sedate version of the color is very palatable and warm. Here’s my great room walls – a toned down orange with browns and cinnamons done in a suede-like plaster. It’s warm and very usable.

 using a toned down version of orange in a room

Bring in the color in a pattern on an accent chair: This is a bold yet easier way to use the color. Surprisingly, orange can go with so many different colors. It looks great in a blue room (because these colors are opposites on the color wheel). Blues look more blue when next to orange and vice versa – that’s the beauty of complementary colors. A golden yellow and orange color pairing is a warm analogous color scheme to try in a kitchen or dining room to stimulate the appetite. Pair fuchsia with orange and you’ll have a lively, modern scheme.

modern orange and cream patterned chair

Bought some of these in Target for a song…great when you have extra company

Use orange accessories for a pop of color: pillows, vases and florals can add a spark of color without a huge commitment color-wise or money-wise. With fall upon us, I find it even easier to bring this color inside. With dahlias, pumpkins, Chinese lanterns and mums available, it’s a cinch to add orange to your decorating plans.

an orange French vase on a fireplace hearth

orange flowers in a vase and orange artwork 

an orange salmon colored dahlia

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2 Responses to Orange You Glad It’s Fall? I Am!

  1. Sue says:

    Hi Linda, I love orange and want to drink it in! I admire your great room walls and love the Target chair. We painted our dining room orange with a rag type design rolled into it. I love it, but it is a tad too dark of a tone of orange. Getting ready to do it in cream/ivory or a golden yellow.
    I checked out the orange interior post and had not thought of orange and yellow together.
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    • Linda says:

      Hi Sue…thanks. I do love the color. If I can help you pick your color in the dining room, i’d love to help. Don’t give up on orange! You just need the right shade. Perhaps an orange with some pink, maybe a dash of brown in it would be great.let me know!

      Glad to meet you in the blogosphere…and Facebook


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