Fear Not

Orange—that Halloween mainstay—is not generally the first thing that comes to mind when choosing a color for a room. That’s a shame, because orange can perk up a lifeless space. It makes a bold statement. It’s brazen and confident and slightly unpredictable. You don’t see it coming, but it tends to make its presence known. Here’s a good way to think about it: incorporating orange into a room’s color scheme is a lot like arguing with someone—success often depends upon your tone.

Don’t be afraid to use this quirky color in your home décor; it won’t come back to haunt you.


  • Bold bits of deep orange can loosen up a tailored room.

    Photo: Marisa Pellegrini—Design NJ June/July 2015 | Designer: Patricia Turchyn | Architect: Andersonn Campanella Architects | Builder: Goodhue Bros. Builders

  • You don’t need to make a permanent commitment to orange; use seasonal accessories in a rich autumnal shade to liven up a dinner party.

    Photo: David Van Scott—Design NJ February/March 2008 | Designer: Jeanne Benner

  • Dark orange wallcovering, along with smaller pops of a lighter shade, can bring warmth to a room.

    Marisa Pellegrini—Design NJ October/November 2015 | Design: Patricia Turchyn

  • Bright orange can be tempered if surrounded by soothing tones.

    Photo: Peter Rymwid—Design NJ April/May 2008 | Design: Manning Design Group

  • Orange shows its serious side as a dignified background color.

    Photo: Peter Rymwid—Design NJ April/May 2008 | Design: Shannon Hall Designs

  • Burnt orange can bring a refreshing hit of color to a neutral space.

    Photo: Peter Rymwid—Design NJ August/September 2008 | Design: Manning Design Group

  • Upbeat orange accessories in a lively shade contrast with deep wood tones to bring a fresh feel to traditional decor.

    Photo: Tim Proctor—Design NJ February/March 2015 | Photo Stylist: Diane Burgoyne Interiors | Architect: Thomas B. Wagner AIA