1 of 20Adrian Briscoe/Homes & Gardens/IPC+ Syndication
“It’s one of the zippiest colors,” says San Francisco interior designer Kimberly Ayres. Orange shares the attention-grabbing effect of red without as much aggressiveness. And it has many moods: It can be calming (peach) or earthy (pumpkin). Most oranges are warm, meaning they contain red or yellow, which gives them a friendly inner glow. A red orange (like on the wall here) feels graphic, so it works well with sleek furniture; a yellow orange nicely contrasts with dark, rustic pieces. When painting walls orange, don’t use the color elsewhere in the room—stick to neutrals, like white and cream, to temper the shade. And avoid black, so as not to veer into Halloween territory.
2 of 20Lisa Cohen/Homes & Gardens/IPC Syndication
Dark orange pieces feel especially sophisticated against rich neutrals, like gray. For a more playful, animated look, pair bright orange furniture with other bold accents, such as a hot pink chair or a turquoise table lamp.
3 of 20Mark Scott/Ideal Home/IPC+ Syndication
Against a white backdrop, orange feels especially juicy and fresh. When decorating with orange accessories, vary shades slightly and mix textures (matte with shiny, rough with smooth) so the look is dimensional and powerful rather than flat.
4 of 20Manfred Koh
Paints That Pop
Like a setting sun, orange exudes warmth, so it’s great for making a space with minimal natural light feel cozier. If the room gets bright light, stick to a cooler shade, like apricot. Ayres offers her top picks here.*
Carrot Stick 2016-30
“Sporty and young, it works in a playroom with turquoise accents,” says Ayres.