28 Electrifying Ways to Use the Color Orange in Your Home
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28 Electrifying Ways to Use the Color Orange in Your Home

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By Samantha Daly
As these exuberant homes show, the secret to using this bold hue is balancing it with neutral tones, plenty of natural light, and a penchant for creativity.

Homeowner Simon Doonan stands next to the front door. "We have flamboyance, and we’re not inhibited about anything. [Architect] Gray Organschi gave [the house] that intellectual rigor needed to make it beautiful. We were well matched."

Webber + Studio went with a bold, orange hue for these kitchen countertops. Past the front door and a short hallway lies an expansive living, dining, and kitchen space.

In this custom-built London guesthouse kitchen designed by Studiomama, lustrous vertically clad cabinetry achieves additional depth with the addition of the chairs, which were picked up for $15 each at a local market and powder coated in bright orange.

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Bend Goods Betty Chair
Inside or outside, single or stacked, the Bend Goods Betty Stacking Chair is chic, convenient and contemporary. Available in a range of durable, powder coated finishes, Betty is made entirely out of galvanized and welded iron wire.
Grohe Essence Professional Single-Handle Kitchen Faucet
Features: Pre-rinse commercial style spout  Covered under manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty  Faucet constructed of metal  Stainless steel flex lines  Includes flexible GROHFlexx® Santoprene hygienic hose  360° swiveling spout  Single lever handle  Locking...
Le Creuset Signature 1 3/4 Quart Cast Iron Saucepan
Le Creuset's Signature saucepan proves indispensable for saucemaking with the steady, low-to-medium heat of cast iron and precise, responsive temperature control properties.

This bach in New Zealand was designed with a combined open-plan kitchen, living room, and dining area, for which homeowner and architect Gerald Parsonson designed a dining table that seats ten. Bare bulbs, open shelves, and bright orange MDF cabinets in the kitchen maintain the low-key vibe.

For a cost-conscious 2,000-square-foot renovation located 30 minutes outside of Austin, Texas, architect Nick Deaver took a look around for inspiration. He spied galvanized metal cladding on the region’s sheds and co-opted the inexpensive, resilient material for his own design. He then applied locally quarried Lueders limestone near the entrance—a warm contrast to the steely facade.

Architect Bill Ryall installed vertical circulation elements, opened an unobstructed 47-foot-long view from front to back, and kept the ceiling beams exposed to create a loft-like environment.

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W&P Porter Bowl - Plastic
The Porter Bowl is a durable plastic lunch bowl that features a protective nonslip exterior, rigid plastic lid and snap-tight silicone strap. Perfect for transporting your salad, grain bowl or leftovers - wherever life may take you.
Frank Lloyd Wright: Meet the Architect!
The life and work of visionary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright launches our new activity book series, Meet the Architect!, an expansion of our Meet the Artist! series. Flaps, cutouts, and pull tabs, take readers on a fascinating journey through Wright’s famous works—the Solomon R. Guggenheim...
Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm Tube
From Aesop, a fast acting balm to moisturize dry and tired skin. A light citrus formula in a hydrating cream formulated for daily use. Apply liberally as need.

The bright orange frame of this glazed door adds a sense of modern exuberance to the deck off of Francesco Moncada and Mafalda Rangel’s bedroom. The sunny, open space reveals both a Loop chair by Willy Guhl and the tile rooftops of Syracuse, where the water is never far off.

The flooring throughout the interior is maple. A vintage Ercol sofa and arm chair, Eclipse coffee table by Stua, Wide Wale rug by Bev Hisey Textile Design, and Moon floor lamp by Estiluz Spain furnish the living room. "Extensive planning went into ‘aging in place’ forecasting a host of different scenarios about what that meant physically and psychologically," architect Alex Tedesco says. "We did ‘day in the life’ modeling to understand all the various barrier free requirements that might arise."

The kids’ room of the Milford Residence in Portland, Oregon is outfitted with a cheerful orange Case Study daybed from Modernica and a selection of vintage maps and artwork.

Linda Taalman and Alan Koch, of Taalman Koch Architects, completed work on their glass iT House, a lovely, minimal home that tests the limits of living lightly on the land in the desert near Joshua Tree National Park. The bath and basin in the bathroom are by Duravit, and the orange wall is by Three Form.

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Matouk Milagro Bath Mat
Step out of your shower onto this luxuriously soft, long-staple Egyptian cotton bath mat that's sure to make the perfect start—or end—to your day.
Kilz Bright Marigold Paint
This energizing orange can create a popping fresh feeling in your home, perfect for use as an accent on bookshelves and furniture Photo Courtesy of Build.com...
Slowtide Guild Hand Towel
Transform your bathroom into a luxe spa environment with a waffle-textured hand towel made from OEKO-TEX®–certified cotton.

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. 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.

Playing off the work of artist James Turrell, as well as the front porch scheme prevalent in the South, an outside living room of the Lewin House by Dencity is half covered and half open to the leaf canopy overhead. A pair of teak armchairs are clustered around a Laguna fire table from Restoration Hardware.

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Loll Designs Taavi Lounge
The Loll Designs Taavi Lounge is a sculptural low-profile lounge inspired by modern Finnish design. Designer David Salmela (or "Taavi" Salmela, in Finnish) created this simple form out of bright HDPE plastic to blend in with virtually any outdoor surroundings.
Lulu & Georgia Arches Lumbar Pillow in Rust
Featuring a subtle, minimalist design, the Arches Pillow has a high-low texture, adding dimension and softness to a sofa or chair. Pair it with other neutral or earthy tones for cozy and casual appeal.
Loll Designs Lollygagger Chaise
“We make outdoor furniture for the modern lollygagger,” explains Loll founder Greg Benson. “Our furniture is for people who are looking for fresh design that’s made in the U.S.A. with sustainable manufacturing practices.

Three generations, each with its own tastes and schedules, needed to share one address. To make this possible, designer Deana Lewis of DOODL created three floors with distinct adult- and kid-friendly spaces that would be flexible over time. Broom-finished concrete on the walkway and steps lead up to a front door painted Benjamin Moore’s Electric Orange—a color inspired by a wine bottle’s label.

One family in Seattle, Washington, looked past a sloping landscape and 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.

This house is one of 170 prefabs manufactured by Cliff May Homes (designed by Cliff May and architect Chris Choate), and it was erected by a local builder in 1955. It features one of the L-shaped plans offered by the company, which included a main wing with living areas and two bedrooms, adjoined by a wing containing a private master suite. Starbursts accent the wall in one of the house’s bedrooms.

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Artemide Nesso Table Lamp
Designed back in 1967 by Giancarlo Mattioli, the Artemide Nesso Table Lamp yet remains very much at home in today's contemporary interiors. Its distinctive mushroom-shaped form is created out of injection-molded ABS resin.
Frank Lloyd Wright Oak Park Woven Jacquard Tea Towel
This modern 100% Cotton Jacquard Tea Towel, inspired by the work of icon architect Frank Lloyd Wright, marries form and function with a beautiful printed pattern that elevates any tabletop with a modern elegance.
Kartell Audrey Soft Chair (Set of 2)
The Kartell Audrey Soft Chair (Set of 2) joins sturdiness with lively hues for an artistic and functional style of the classic design. This chair is made of painted or polished aluminum with fabric covered polyurethane seat and back.

Inspired by the sea and sand, Richard and Jackie Willcocks chose blue and orange joinery colors for their 1,140-square-foot prefab. The modular home is by New South Wales company ArchiBlox.

Designed by Atelier Du Pont, this breathtaking property exists in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Oriented in a manner that creates minimal impact on the existing terrain, the house idyllically nestles into nature, with vast views of the encompassing trees and vegetation. Inside, an orange Ligne Roset Sofa provides a comfortable space for rest and relaxation. A triangular window provides a picture of the tree canopy beyond, while drawing in natural light.

The playful aesthetics of Austin Maynard Architects have once again breathed new life into aging building stock—this time with the transformation of a dark and narrow terrace in Melbourne into an open and light-filled home fitted out with sustainable features. Upstairs, the "parents’ retreat" includes a centrally located bathroom "box," seen on the left of the image. The bright orange walkway is perforated to let natural light pass through.

After buying a site overlooking an inlet called Smuggler’s Cove, Gabriel Ramirez asked two architects—Norman Millar, dean of the Woodbury School of Architecture, and Judith Sheine, head of the architecture department at the University of Oregon—to design the house. Boi sconces, which David Weeks designed for Ralph Pucci, illuminate the bedroom in this Sea Ranch residence.

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Blu Dot Signal Pillow
Make a room as inviting as it is stylish with a Signal Pillow by Blu Dot. It's covered in two upholstery fabrics to offer double the texture and versatility. Whether on its own or eclectically mixed with other accent pillows, it instantly adds color and contemporary style to living spaces.
Brightown Personal Ceramic Mini-Heater
Chase the winter blues away with this happy little orange heater.
Schoolhouse Tangerine Fringed Throw
This high-quality brushed wool throw features a timeless fringed design and relies on a saturated hue to add a burst of color to your home. A Schoolhouse Electric Exclusive. Photo courtesy of Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co....

In February of 2007, two San Francisco art and travel addicts purchased a 3,200-square-foot former Chinese laundry and tooth-powder factory with column-free interiors and a zigzagging sawtooth roof in lower Pacific Heights. They customized a pair of shipping containers to accommodate their collection and reflect their passions, and hired a local company to sandblast the interior to expose the board-formed concrete walls and replace the carpeted floors with Georgia hickory pecan planks to further lengthen the loft and make it look more like a warehouse.

Woven through the raw palette of glass, concrete, wood, and Cor-Ten steel are two strong color gestures—including a kitchen with bright orange paint and Corian countertops and cabinetry.

A home near Rye, England, opens onto a deck through a Sunflex door. The living room features a sofa by Terence Woodgate, 620 chairs by Dieter Rams for Vitsœ, and an Oluce Atollo 239 lamp by Vico Magistretti. The wood-burning fireplace sits along one wall in the room, with a bright orange flue acting as a sculptural focal point.

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Maharam Merger Rug
Material research primarily determines all of Hella Jongerius’ designs. Her extensive portfolio includes single pieces exhibited at galleries, mass-produced items sold at retail stores, design of airliner interiors and even the redesign of the North Delegates’ Lounge at UN Headquarters in New York.
domus 1950s
Reprint of all 1950s issues of domus, the world’s most influential architecture and design journal. This anthology documents the most important features from an era of post-war optimism.
Cold Picnic Arabian Nights Flat Weave Wool Rug
The work of Tunisian filmmaker Nacer Khemir inspired the abstract design of this wool rug handwoven and hand dyed by artisans in India.

In this renovated midcentury in Seattle, the living room’s fireplace has been powder-coated orange to complement the vintage furnishings, including a test bomb discovered at an antiques mall.

To keep vases, dishes, and small appliances handy but off the countertop, architect Tamira Sawatzky designed two niches within a wall of deep cabinets. Inset outlets supply power; butcher blocks lines all sides; and Plexiglas doors provide hits of bright orange. Plastic World, a local dealer, custom-cut the Plexiglas for the storage cubby which sits beneath a photo by artist Chris Curreri.

Lori Andrew and Ken Corner continue to add furniture to their Calgary, Alberta, home. The black leather Montauk sofa was the first piece Lori ever bought; the orange Pierre Paulin Tulip lounge chair was a birthday gift to Ken.

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Artemide Eclisse Table Lamp
When Artemide recently reintroduced the Eclisse Table Lamp, a timeless classic was reborn.
Eames Fiberglass Chair Orange by Naxart Studio Art Print
A collection of the timeless design icons. Eames chairs, classic camera, VW Bus, music instruments and many others Please visit us www.naxatrt.com to see our large selection of art, design and photography.
Pablo Designs Pixo Optical Task Lamp
The Pablo Pixo Optical Task Lamp features a rotating arm and head that allow you to direct its warm and bright light source where you need it most. Equipped with a convenient USB port for charging mobile devices, Pixo Optical effortlessly supports a modern lifestyle.

Designed and built in 1878 for Judge John Murphy, this 4,400-square-foot white structure has, from the outside, the undeniable characteristics of a classic San Francisco Victorian. Stepped back from the street and resting genteelly at the top of a large hill, the house keeps a watchful eye on its neighbors and the city that surrounds it. In the boys’ shared room, Jasper finds plenty of space to scatter toys. An original chandelier provides a reminder of the house’s past while muted orange walls plant it firmly in the present.

The downstairs recreation area of this William Kessler–designed home has plenty of playful features. The lower shag carpeted area features a unique retro sectional sofa that plays with oranges and yellows.

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Schoolhouse Autumn Orange Throw Pillow
Add a subtle nudge of warm color to the living room, bedroom or anywhere else that needs to be softened up. A celebration of texture, this pillow features an intricate weave of thick orange and cream cotton threads for a textural finish that begs to be touched.
Urban Outfitters Camila Velvet Sofa
The very picture of chic perfection, the UO-exclusive Camila Velvet Sofa features a luxe look, courtesy of the curving silhouette and plush upholstery. Wraparound back features tucked seaming for a ruched look with cushioned seat and tapered wooden legs.
SFERRA Celine Throw
A herringbone weave and contrast fringe make this lightweight throw a cozy-chic addition to any space.

The Premaydena House by Misho+Associates was designed as a "box within a box," in which two interior structures—an open-plan living space and two en suite bedrooms—sit within an exterior envelope. Inspired by the region’s fiery orange lichen and the indigenous waratah shrub’s bright flowers, the colorful exterior panels are made of heavy-duty galvanized steel to guard from Tasmanian winds, which can reach up to 60 miles per hour.

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