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Decorating With Orange-Red
was featured in
Tricks of the Trade

October 2012


Decorating With Orange-Red

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This sophisticated and soothing scheme lends itself well to modern spaces. It uses tints and shades of one color, staying within the same column on the color wheel. A monochromatic scheme for orange-red might feature a range of tones from refreshing creamsicle to robust cinnabar.

Residing on the warmer side of the color wheel, orange-red captures all the best qualities of traditional autumnal colors. It also emits feelings of warmth, coziness and comfort that are synonymous with the cooler months. But what's the best way to take the plunge with such an assertive color, you ask? Try a universally appealing monochromatic scheme!

Orange-red stimulates enthusiasm and even appetite (imagine that!), so why not use it in your dining room or breakfast nook? Painting your walls an unadulterated orange-red hue will create a rich canvas for a handsome dark wood dining set, like the one shown here. Upon closer inspection, you'll see the coppery band along the top of the table base has a subtle shimmer that serves to highlight the saturated wall color.

The idea with a monochromatic room is to layer texture and intrigue throughout your room with lovely little vignettes, each their own rendition of orange-red. The wall art, server and woven seagrass-style area rug all feature the perfect palettes to enhance a space starring orange-red. And remember to introduce various saturation levels of one color—this will help heighten the interest within the space.

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