Still Giving Thanks…For the Color Orange

I hate turkey, especially when it’s sitting all naked and exposed on the kitchen counter before it’s been cooked!  But my poultry-revulsion aside, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the entire year.  And I’m sad that I have to wait another 50 weeks for this holiday to come along again.  While my designs are rarely inspired by the holidays, Thanksgiving has thrown me into an obsessively orange frame of mind.

I happen to love the color orange any time of year — must be the redhead in me! But around Thanksgiving I can’t help but be even more focused on this color and the end result is this orange, gray and gold scheme that I put together with some beautiful new materials I have been dying to work with. I think this color palette would make for a moody, warm library — a room with a fireplace would be ideal!

The large-scale patterned fabric from Donghia, called Moondance in Sunset-Rust,  is what pulls this whole scheme together.  This fabric is a blend of polyester and silk, and is hearty enough to be used for light upholstery, but I imagine this fabric for really dramatic curtains in this library. I love how this fabric blends the cooler gray tones with the gold — gives you the chance to mix your metals in the room.  Often people only want to use only one metal in a room, but we can easily use brass, nickel and copper in this room which would be great when it comes time to accessorize.

This cork paper from Innovations is what I would use on the walls.  The line offers many incredible colors, and the texture is heavy and varied. This colorway  is called brass and has a coppery-orange background that peeks through the metallic gold face — the gold turns what could otherwise be an informal and rough material into something so chic and glam!

I would want this room to be dark and warm and would avoid the use of white paint.  I would paint the moldings in a dark gray such as Benjamin Moore’s Stormy Sky.   The ceiling would be great in a soft orange like Vivid Peach from Ben Moore.

I would love a smoky gray Venetian chandelier in this room like this one from Newel.

Add a pair of bright orange lamps on top of black lacquered or gilded side tables for maximum contrast and punch — these ones from Swank Lighting could not be more perfect!


For more orange accent ideas, check out my Orange board on  my Pinterest page.

And be thankful for all of the beautiful orange things in the world (including redheads)!

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