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Color Story: Orange

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The fact that no other word in the English language rhymes with orange also extends to the color's unrivaled ability to up the ante of any home. Here, Dwell's favorite homes featuring orange hues all show that the secret to using this often-feared color is a balance of neutral tones and plenty of natural light to reflect the color's citrusy brightness.
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  One family in Seattle, Washington, looked past a sloping landscape and instead saw the opportunity to build their dream home. Resembling a modern day metal treehouse, the Hale and Edmonds residence is nestled within the edges of a wooded park. The house's exterior of paneled grey is perfectly balanced against the accent of the orange frame, proving that there's a chance for subtlety with the bright color.  Photo by: Philip Newton

    One family in Seattle, Washington, looked past a sloping landscape and instead saw the opportunity to build their dream home. Resembling a modern day metal treehouse, the Hale and Edmonds residence is nestled within the edges of a wooded park. The house's exterior of paneled grey is perfectly balanced against the accent of the orange frame, proving that there's a chance for subtlety with the bright color.

    Photo by: Philip Newton

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  This ultra modern prefab home in Ukiah, California, was designed by Marmol Radziner. While the overall color scheme consists mostly of white and grey, the pops of color by way of furniture complement the contemporary design. One piece in particular is the Mikado 2 sofa by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois acting as the focal point of the living room. The brightness of the orange is matched by the natural lighting via sliding doors and is paired with a wool Photon rug from Design Within Reach for extra dimension.  Photo by: Dwight EschlimanCourtesy of: ©DE

    This ultra modern prefab home in Ukiah, California, was designed by Marmol Radziner. While the overall color scheme consists mostly of white and grey, the pops of color by way of furniture complement the contemporary design. One piece in particular is the Mikado 2 sofa by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois acting as the focal point of the living room. The brightness of the orange is matched by the natural lighting via sliding doors and is paired with a wool Photon rug from Design Within Reach for extra dimension.

    Photo by: Dwight Eschliman

    Courtesy of: ©DE

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  This eye-catching villa in the Netherlands, designed by Next Architects, proves that you can go big and go home as well. While some homes feature hints of color, the Villa van Vijven structure garners well-deserved attention thanks to its warm orange facade that is meant to mimic the tiled rooftops of Holland's country buildings. Moreover, the villa's horizontal plane echoes the flatness of the lush green landscape. The orange of the exterior also carries over into the communal entrance beneath the building, offset by natural elements such as stones adjacent to the entryway.  Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman

    This eye-catching villa in the Netherlands, designed by Next Architects, proves that you can go big and go home as well. While some homes feature hints of color, the Villa van Vijven structure garners well-deserved attention thanks to its warm orange facade that is meant to mimic the tiled rooftops of Holland's country buildings. Moreover, the villa's horizontal plane echoes the flatness of the lush green landscape. The orange of the exterior also carries over into the communal entrance beneath the building, offset by natural elements such as stones adjacent to the entryway.

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman

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  This home designed by Djuhara + Djuhara Architects in Jakarta, Indonesia, brings a tropical air to the East with orange accent walls to balance the wood-paneled exterior. The color accents of the Wisnu residence extend to an orange door leading to the patio, contrasting the metal screen and natural stones. This truly minimal and eco-chic home defies normative of Jakarta suburbs with its open feel and abundance of natural light.  Photo by: Matthew Williams

    This home designed by Djuhara + Djuhara Architects in Jakarta, Indonesia, brings a tropical air to the East with orange accent walls to balance the wood-paneled exterior. The color accents of the Wisnu residence extend to an orange door leading to the patio, contrasting the metal screen and natural stones. This truly minimal and eco-chic home defies normative of Jakarta suburbs with its open feel and abundance of natural light.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  This Spanish delight in the middle of Barcelona, was renovated to give the 18th-century flat a modern appeal. While keeping rustic features such as the stone walls and exposed beams as a nod to the home's Roman-era origins, the festive Spanish tiles lining the floors and walls of the library make way for bright furniture pieces throughout the residence. The house boasts a stunning lap pool with a wood-burning fireplace as well as a cozy outdoor space featuring a barrel ceiling and hammock, with orange and fuchsia pillows in perfect harmony with the home's white walls.  Photo by: Gunnar KnechtelCourtesy of: Gunnar Knechtel

    This Spanish delight in the middle of Barcelona, was renovated to give the 18th-century flat a modern appeal. While keeping rustic features such as the stone walls and exposed beams as a nod to the home's Roman-era origins, the festive Spanish tiles lining the floors and walls of the library make way for bright furniture pieces throughout the residence. The house boasts a stunning lap pool with a wood-burning fireplace as well as a cozy outdoor space featuring a barrel ceiling and hammock, with orange and fuchsia pillows in perfect harmony with the home's white walls.

    Photo by: Gunnar Knechtel

    Courtesy of: Gunnar Knechtel

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  Furniture designer Christane Högner found inspiration in Belgian street style for her family's two-bedroom apartment in Brussels. The home, an eclectic mix of high and low finds, offers hints of color as seen here in the bedroom. White chairs serving as nightstands are paired with the orange lamps to mirror the throw pillows atop a set of white bedding to add a fun Creamsicle effect to the room.  Photo by: Céline Clanet

    Furniture designer Christane Högner found inspiration in Belgian street style for her family's two-bedroom apartment in Brussels. The home, an eclectic mix of high and low finds, offers hints of color as seen here in the bedroom. White chairs serving as nightstands are paired with the orange lamps to mirror the throw pillows atop a set of white bedding to add a fun Creamsicle effect to the room.

    Photo by: Céline Clanet

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  To say that Jeff Wardell and Claudia Sagan's apartment is truly unique would certainly be an understatement. Their 3,200-square-foot San Francisco abode, formerly a Chinese laundry and tooth-powder factory, holds onto its industrial roots with a tangerine-toned shipping container in the middle of the couple's living room. The container serves dual purposes as a guest bedroom, housing a Pat Carson–designed Murphy bed, and home office with the glass wall transforming from opaque to clear with a flick of a switch.

    To say that Jeff Wardell and Claudia Sagan's apartment is truly unique would certainly be an understatement. Their 3,200-square-foot San Francisco abode, formerly a Chinese laundry and tooth-powder factory, holds onto its industrial roots with a tangerine-toned shipping container in the middle of the couple's living room. The container serves dual purposes as a guest bedroom, housing a Pat Carson–designed Murphy bed, and home office with the glass wall transforming from opaque to clear with a flick of a switch.

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  Architect Michael Lee designed Matt Jacobson's minimalist Southern California house to reflect the breezy lifestyle of its setting in Manhattan Beach. Boasting plenty of wood balanced with clean whites and concrete, the renovation takes beach-side living to a contemporary level. Sitting in the corner opposite of a muted peach-colored desk chair is an orange Lagardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery side table-like piece, providing a warm greeting to the entryway of the bathroom.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    Architect Michael Lee designed Matt Jacobson's minimalist Southern California house to reflect the breezy lifestyle of its setting in Manhattan Beach. Boasting plenty of wood balanced with clean whites and concrete, the renovation takes beach-side living to a contemporary level. Sitting in the corner opposite of a muted peach-colored desk chair is an orange Lagardo Tackett for Architectural Pottery side table-like piece, providing a warm greeting to the entryway of the bathroom.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  Barnaby Grist and Ellen Goldberg bring to their Noe Valley home the epitome of business in the front, and party in the back with a renovation by Architect Bassel Samaha of Samaha + Hart Architecture. The facade of the San Francisco abode still retains its Victorian charm but the rest of the home is completely revamped with a modern facelift. The multi-tiered structure is a solid cloud of white and glass that optimize the house's airy flow and stream of natural light. The minimalist open kitchen displays a silver glass tile backsplash while simultaneously drawing attention to the Inox table from DWR and tangerine Ikea chairs on the deck.  Photo by: Sharon Risedorph

    Barnaby Grist and Ellen Goldberg bring to their Noe Valley home the epitome of business in the front, and party in the back with a renovation by Architect Bassel Samaha of Samaha + Hart Architecture. The facade of the San Francisco abode still retains its Victorian charm but the rest of the home is completely revamped with a modern facelift. The multi-tiered structure is a solid cloud of white and glass that optimize the house's airy flow and stream of natural light. The minimalist open kitchen displays a silver glass tile backsplash while simultaneously drawing attention to the Inox table from DWR and tangerine Ikea chairs on the deck.

    Photo by: Sharon Risedorph

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  Designers with a great eye know that orange and navy blue are a perfect combination since they are complements of each other on the color wheel. Case in point: Architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill turn an empty steel shipping container into a playhouse, garden retreat, and guesthouse in San Antonio, Texas. The structure's navy blue exterior and floor-to-ceiling glass doors fully maximize the richness of the orange-hued outdoor furniture.  Photo by: Chris Cooper

    Designers with a great eye know that orange and navy blue are a perfect combination since they are complements of each other on the color wheel. Case in point: Architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill turn an empty steel shipping container into a playhouse, garden retreat, and guesthouse in San Antonio, Texas. The structure's navy blue exterior and floor-to-ceiling glass doors fully maximize the richness of the orange-hued outdoor furniture.

    Photo by: Chris Cooper

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