October SMART Design Tips

I wouldn’t say Orange is the new Black…but I would definitely say Orange is Back! October is the perfect month to infuse some fall fun into your home and warm up the color scheme for the cool weather ahead. These SMART tips will definitely prove that Orange  has your Back:

Start Small:

Orange accents can make a big impact in any space. Sprinkle pops of orange with selective swaps.  Trade a piece of traditional art with an interesting iron or carved wall relief painted Mandarin orange or introduce a pair of perky persimmon lampshades or ottoman cubes placed in a strategic location. Pillows are the easiest way to pop some orange around any room and a graphic orange-spattered rug will add pizzazz underfoot.

Make a bold statement:    If you’re hesitant to paint an entire room in this bold color, try using the saturated shade on just one accent wall. A powder room can be small on space but big on style with orange accessories and/or orange walls. Orange anywhere can create a dramatic yet inviting dining room high on energy and entertainment value. Surprise everyone by painting the fireplace wall a bold orange. Pairing orange with the brown of stone or neutral marble is a good way to tone down the bright hue and give the color an earthy feel.

Accent the bedroom:    A deep orange color adds life to any bedroom. During the day it’s like a spot of sunshine. At night it’s warm and cozy. Accent big,with a painted or upholstered headboard or sexy silk-style drapery panels. Accent small with a simple, skirted side table. A blanket or throw at the foot of the bed can bring together all the colors in the room. Using orange on the bedding (trim on white shams, a luxe comforter or plush velvety or embroidered pillows) can stand out while yielding to the other more neutral elements in the room.

Re-energize an office space:   If your work space could use an injection of energy, bring in some vivid orange paint and fabrics to do the job. Rejuvenate your old desk or side chair with this spicy paint color, or use slipcovers featuring orange patterned fabric. Try a new pumpkin-colored desk lamp, or use some left-over slip-cover fabric to cover a bulletin board. A bright orange filing cabinet or bookshelf or adds a punch of fun to the work space.

Think harvest colors:    If pumpkin’s just not your color, Mother Nature provides many other orangey options: mango, tangerine, persimmon, blood orange, squash, sweet potato, carrot, papaya, nectarine, kumquat and cantaloupe are all sumptuous shades to make your mouth water for this yummy color.