Wednesday, September 10, 2014

8 ways to bring Orange into your home


Maybe it’s because Fall is around the corner.

But every year when September rolls around this happens. Suddenly, I start craving little doses of orange in my surroundings and I have to admit, some of my happiest memories are associated with this color.

According to color psychology, if your favorite color is orange, you are warm, optimistic, and extroverted, even a bit of a show-off. You have an adventurous streak, are always looking for your next challenge, and tend to make decisions based on your ‘gut-reaction’.

Don’t ‘orange’ personalities seem like fun people?


house beautiful

Even if this color is not one of your favorites, there are so many variations of this shade you might like consider, especially for Fall.

So today I thought I’d share eight ways to add orange into your home.

1. Upholstered pieces


How about this room?  I love this entire space beginning with these incredible wood paneled walls and ending with those vibrant fabric choices.

I’d love to meet the person who lives here, something tells me they’d be a blast to hang out with.



I personally love big stripes only I don’t see stripes in this particular shade very often.

The person who lives here is definitely not afraid to take risks.


2. A simple throw


country living

This might be my favorite Fall photo of all time. And this is how I prefer to add my pops of orange in my own living room…with a pretty throw and some pillows.

3. A statement wall


martha stewart

Leave it to Martha to find a way to make an orange wall look classic and bold at the same time. The black trimmed walls and black frames paired with simple botanicals are perfection.


southern living

Any wall that’s a backdrop for stacks of books would be lovely to me, but this lively shade is balanced with traditional furnishings and neutral fabrics.

4. Lamp shades

Who would’ve thought lamp shades could make such a difference?

Jennifer Hehl Schoenberger


5. Drapery

And I can’t stop staring at this fabric and trim combo…I love Jennifer’s taste.

Jennifer Hehl Schoenberger


southern living


6. Side table



In the mood for a simple paint job?

A small side table is one way to make a strong color statement.


7. Front Door


pure style home

Why am I not surprised the bold and talented Lauren Liess would pick this color for her door?



Jennifer Hehl Schoenberger


8. Flowers and fruits

And of course number 8 is…..ta daaaa….

flowers of course.

It’s probably my favorite-and simplest--way to bring orange into my home.


For me, the beauty of Fall is embodied in the lush shades of orange that are found in nature.

Decorating simply, with flowers, fruits and leaves is my favorite way to create texture and rich color on my Fall table.







My pumpkin centerpiece is still one of my top pins on Pinterest.

And it’s SO easy to do too.


But wait.



Before I go I can’t do a post on orange without mentioning Halloween.

Because if you know me, you know how much I’ve always loved this holiday. And while I won’t pull out my pile of orange and black Halloween photos yet….

I will show you this photo from one of my parties:


This was the year I covered my patio cushions in orange felt using safety pins and a good pair of scissors. I also hung panels of orange and black burlap on PVC poles that we attached to our patio. This is the BEFORE photo… before the creepy decorations were added, before the guests arrived and before the black vodka was poured.

Like I was saying, some of my happiest memories have happened when I was surrounded by the color orange.

What about you?

How do you incorporate orange in your decorating?



Do you have it in your closet?









Preppy Empty Nester said...

Hi Just found your blog. Great post. I love the color orange. It really makes these rooms pop. Love the shoes too! Now I'm going to peruse your past posts.. I'm your newest follower.

Tamera Beardsley said...

Wow … fabulous post my dear! Boy are we ever on the same page about fall decorating ... as well as so much more!

I can't wait to have coffee with you Friday! Do we ever have so much to talk about!


Debra@CommonGround said...

LOVE orange, especially this time of year!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I DO love orange and brought it into my living room decorating earlier this year with a lamp shade, artwork, and in throw pillow fabric accents. AND I have an orange shirt as well as orange sandals...

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Well, no, I do NOT have orange in my closet; it's a horrible color for me. But I DO love a few pops of orange around the house in the fall. :-) Fun post, Leslie!

Karen said...

As a red head, I confess I'm not wild about orange. That is except for this time of year. I love the subtlety of the orange throw and the pillow but that fabric with the Greek key trim could convert me. I do love the pop of color on the front door. I have a friend that dislikes orange so much she won't even have orange pumpkins...I like the white boo pumpkins but there's nothing like a big orange pumpkin in the fall. :-)

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

I love orange, even though I'm a pessimist and an introvert, but I must be somewhat of a show-off since I have a blog! I was browsing through Old Navy today and noticed lots of bright orange featured in their displays. I love all your inspiration photos and your pumpkin centerpiece is pretty amazing! Thanks for inspiring us, Leslie!

michele said...

hi leslie! hope this finds you well. orange is my least fav color. i think some orange shag carpet i inherited with a childhood move in the 70s wrecked orange for me. and it prob makes sense since i'm an introvert and orange is BIG and SHOWY. that said, these are all glorious examples to change any hata's mind! sending smiles.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Well today I wore a t-shirt with an orange flower appliqued on the front, jeans and orange flip flops - seriously! But in general, I don't have a whole lot of orange in my closet or in my home, unless you count the maple cabinets in my kitchen. When they were delivered, I took one look inside the truck and almost cried. Oh my gosh, they looked so orange, but I've learned to love them. I do love the richness of orange for fall and the images you've shared are stunning! Will we be seeing orange in your new home? ... And I have not forgotten about your fabulous Halloween parties. Will you have one this year? That might be a great way to get to know your new neighbors!

cindy hattersley design said...

I think you have been reading my mind!!I have been thinking about switching out my salmon pillows for a richer shade of well orange!! I love almost every image you have featured here!! Hope the remo is going well and you are not going crazy!!

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

Okay, so I have no orange in my closet but I do have orange pillows that I love to pull out at this time of the year. They are my favourite little accessory at this time of the year along with some little hits of pumpkin here and there. I better get started... really, with our Thanksgiving a month away I need to motor! ;)
I LOVE that room from Elle Decor. I would love to sit on that couch with a lovely glass of red swirling around in my glass and some good company...which I agree is most likely the owner of that space.

Art and Sand said...

What fun!

I love the orange striped sofa and that orange door.

I will settle for the orange rose bush I bought at Trader Joe's last week!

Carla from The River said...

I have a lot of orange in my flower garden.
Blue is my very favorite color and I tend to decorate a lot with blue.
Sometimes I do not even notice that I do it until after. Sure enough, I picked out something blue.

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