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Decorating with Orange, an Instant Pick-Me-Up

Orange infuses any room with energy

Written and produced by Candace Ord Manroe
  • When coupled with crisp white and dove gray, a bright orange looks fresh and modern, as in this ballroom designed by Kelley Proxmire. The orange-and-gray chinoiserie fabric adds humor among the graphic tangerine patterns that cover the club chair and sofa pillow.

    Photo: Gordon Beall
    Interior design: Kelley Proxmire

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  • Salmon and tangerine mix with bold plaid stripes, zigzags, and floral prints in this showhouse guest room designed by Debby Gomulka. The modern textiles cover period furniture pieces for a fun and relaxed juxtaposition. Gold details, like the ornate stenciling on the ceiling, highlight the warmer tones in the fabrics and bring out the orange hues.

    See more of this showhouse on the following slide.

    Photo: John Bessler & Peter Rymwid
    Interior design: Debby Gomulka

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  • Orange appears on pillows and window treatments in this showhouse sunroom, which is swathed in soft turquoise and graphic stripes. The deep teal of the garden stools and painting on the far wall add weight to the palette, allowing the orange details to pop  against the airy blue and white tones.

    Explore the rest of the 2013 Adamsleigh Showhouse here.

    Photo: John Bessler & Peter Rymwid
    Interior design: Bradshaw Orrell & Randy McManus

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  • Orange takes a sophisticated turn with rust-colored velvet and tawny browns in this fireside sitting area. The warm palette for the Napa Valley Showhouse room was inspired by the surrounding vineyards at harvest. “Our palette is congruent with views of the rolling hills right outside,” says designer Annie Bowman. A backdrop of cream and tan lets the orange tones command the room’s hues.

    See more of this showhouse on the following slide.

    Photo: John Granen & John Merkl
    Interior design: Annie Bowman with Lorrie Merck & Angle Dunkelberger

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  • Vibrant tones can amp up the energy when introduced outdoors. The terrace is appointed with burnt orange outdoor fabrics from Sunbrella, which are complemented by pillows in distinctive brown, orange and yellow patterns. Textural details in deep browns ground the brighter elements of the terrace’s palette, allowing the orange hues to take center stage against the beautiful backdrop.

    Tour the rest of the Napa Valley Showhouse here.

    Photo: John Granen & John Merkl
    Interior design: Annie Bowman with Lorrie Merck & Angle Dunkelberger

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  • This rec room’s orange chairs (a cross between warm amber and apricot) in durable Ultrasuede keep up the energy from the pool outdoors.

    Interior design: Heather Dewberry and William C. Huff Jr.

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