Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Home and Garden

Beyond pumpkins: Orange hues are hot indoors, too

Upholstery fabrics, paint colors, furniture and accessories that range from neon orange to tangerine to terra cotta are getting attention this season. • But orange isn't for everyone. When interior designers suggest decorating with orange, clients can get nervous. Designer Kyle Schuneman often eases homeowners into using orange by suggesting variations on it. • "The idea of orange can sound juvenile and unsophisticated," Schuneman says. "But if you go with umbers, burnt bricks or terra cottas, you can sell a client on the idea much easier." • The key, he says, is using orange creatively and carefully. • Here, Schuneman and designers Brian Patrick Flynn and Betsy Burnham offer tips on decorating with the color orange, and avoiding the pitfalls of using it badly.

How much to use?

Orange can be overpowering as the main color in a room. But, like red, it works brilliantly as an accent color.

"I don't suggest painting your walls orange," Burnham says. "But maybe there's an orange in the print on your pillows."

It can be casual ("maybe you bring in a garden stool that's bright orange"), or chic and sophisticated ("think of Hermes orange, those shopping boxes"), she says. In a bedroom with muted, gray-blue walls, Burnham opted to add lacquered end tables in a rich shade of orange.

Orange paint can also be a great way to spruce up a dated piece of furniture.

"Think about painting a great old chest of drawers a beautiful shade in a high gloss," Schuneman says, "and changing out the knobs to really special crystal knobs to make a statement piece in a room."

Which shades are best?

All three designers like earthy burnt orange tones that are almost as brown as they are orange.

"With a burnt orange, you'd be surprised what the paint chip looks like," Burnham says. "It looks more like a brown. But you paint a piece of furniture that color, and it reads orange. It does what it's supposed to do — it brings some whimsy."

Flynn also likes using red-orange, "ideal for more youthful or edgy rooms."

The style of your home may help determine which shades you choose, says Schuneman. "Terra cotta is a beautiful backdrop for a traditional or retro feeling space, while pops of a more neon orange could be really fun for a modern space."

Whatever tone you choose, Schuneman suggests testing a sample if you've decided to take the plunge and paint with orange. "Try three or four different shades," he says, and view them in various types of daylight and artificial light.

Also, he says, "Orange is a lot like red when you're painting, so you're going to need three or four coats to get an even finish. But the end product will be a beautiful cozy space."

Just one word of warning: "Don't go with a true shade of orange," Schuneman says. "It will feel like Pee-Wee's Playhouse."

Where does it work?

Orange can look good anywhere in your home, but these designers say it's especially beautiful for bedrooms.

"Orange is my favorite choice for kids' rooms, because it's totally gender-neutral," Flynn says. "My favorite combo for a kids' space is tangerine and white. It's clean and classic."

Schuneman agrees: "I love a warm shade of orange for a bedroom. My last bedroom was a burnt brick. It felt so warm and cozy," he says. "It really works well with dim lighting at night, but also can invigorate you to wake up in the morning."

Burnham is using orange and white gingham print draperies, along with navy blue and dark denim upholstery, to decorate the bedroom of a preteen boy. "It's boyish, but sophisticated," she says. "Not over-the-top country or anything. Sort of preppy."

What goes with orange?

"I love pairing gray with orange," Schuneman says. "It immediately amps up the hip factor and brings it into a contemporary setting. It works well because gray has a cool base, where orange is warm. So the balance really creates harmony in a room."

Along with pale grays and deep charcoals, orange also goes well with dark and light blues and also browns, taupe, cream or white.

Burnham cautions against pairing orange with other tropical colors or other harvest colors, like red and yellow. The room can easily begin to feel as though you've taken those themes too far.

Rather than piling on all the fall colors at once, Schuneman suggests pairing orange only with brown: "I think you can create a really beautiful monotone room of creams, off whites and browns," he says, "and pop it with orange to create a cozy feel. Use different textures in these similar color tones . . . jutes, velvets and linens for that cozy fall feel."

What to avoid?

"I find yellow-orange the hardest to work with," Flynn says, "because it's very limited in accent color choices." Burnham agrees, saying it's best to avoid "that school-bus orange."

If you're going with a bright orange, just be sure you'll enjoy it long-term.

Edgy, bright shades are "really going to pop and give your room some personality," Burnham says. But "a little goes a long way," and what's hot today may quickly go out of style.

"Like any trend," she says, "use it sparingly."

   
Comments
Timely Tendings: Beware of buying or gifting invasive plant species

Timely Tendings: Beware of buying or gifting invasive plant species

Beware of buying or gifting invasive plant speciesPlants make great gifts to give and receive. But .?.?. beware invasive species lurking in local garden centers or nurseries. Many invasive species are still commonly sold and if you plant them in your...
Published: 12/08/17
Updated: 12/12/17
Review: Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

Review: Amazon wants a key to your house. I did it. I regretted it.

I gave Amazon.com a key to go into my house and drop off packages when I’m not around. After two weeks, it turns out letting strangers in has been the least-troubling part of the experience.Once Amazon owned my door, I was the one locked into an all-...
Published: 12/08/17
Want the perfect Christmas tree? We asked an expert for help

Want the perfect Christmas tree? We asked an expert for help

Lights, ribbons, tinsel, flowers — how do you get that perfect look? We asked designer Ken Neddo of Classic Florals in St. Petersburg to help with this yearly decorating event.   * What do you see as the general trends in Christmas tree deco...
Published: 12/05/17
Timely Tendings: As holidays approach, find the right plants; keep an eye on edibles in the garden

Timely Tendings: As holidays approach, find the right plants; keep an eye on edibles in the garden

Get holiday plants: trees, poinsettias and cactiLiving Christmas trees are a fun, lasting way to celebrate the holiday season that can then be planted to provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Unfortunately a commonly sold plant for this is the Norfolk Isl...
Published: 12/01/17
Updated: 12/05/17
5 first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid

5 first-time homebuyer mistakes to avoid

Thinking about buying your first home? Before you can unlock the door to homeownership, you have to take some important first steps. From finding the perfect location to financing your purchase, shopping for your first home has challenges that go bey...
Published: 11/30/17
Updated: 12/05/17
Hometown Hernando for Dec. 8

Hometown Hernando for Dec. 8

We want your news!Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it’s snapshots from your family reunion, recreational sporting event, news from your last club meeting or just a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Y...
Published: 11/29/17
Updated: 12/07/17
Plan and budget for a good return on your garden investment

Plan and budget for a good return on your garden investment

The first of the 2018 seed catalogs will be arriving soon in the mail, signaling the start of another growing season. Savvy vegetable gardeners pore over the pages while choosing plants and drafting budgets. Planning ahead provides healthier returns ...
Published: 11/28/17
Updated: 12/05/17
Diggin’ Florida Dirt: Gardeners share suggestions for holiday gifts

Diggin’ Florida Dirt: Gardeners share suggestions for holiday gifts

If I had to choose just one garden tool to be shipwrecked with on an uninhabited island, it would be my Felco 2 pruners. They clip anything up to about a half-inch diameter — even thicker when I push it, which I do.Even my daughter marveled when I qu...
Published: 11/27/17
Updated: 11/29/17
Homes that make a good first impression have 5 things in common

Homes that make a good first impression have 5 things in common

It takes just 26 seconds for a guest to form an opinion of your home when they walk through the front door. What does your space say about you? While we try to resist the urge to judge, there’s no doubt that first impressions count.Whether you’re exp...
Published: 11/27/17
Updated: 11/28/17
What's in theaters for Thanksgiving: 'Coco,' 'Last Flag Flying,' 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

What's in theaters for Thanksgiving: 'Coco,' 'Last Flag Flying,' 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

NOW IN THEATERS: COCO Disney-Pixar’s animated dramedy Coco (PG) is inspired by Mexico’s annual Dia de los Muertos, the "day of the dead" when departed ancestors are celebrated. Good for diversity, although the movie isn’t as good ...
Updated one month ago