Decorating with orange
Orange is the most controversial of colours. Many consider it to be the gauche legacy of the freewheeling '70s. But what an unfair reputation that decade has! To me, the '70s were when the counterculture became the popular culture -- and when adults finally felt liberated to embrace immaturity. You could be young again without having to be innocent!
ABOVE: Orange in the living room. Here's how to make orange and brown work together:
* A bold orange sofa sets the tone and anchors the room.
* The intensity of the sofa is echoed by the equally intense patterned lampshades, bold artwork, graphic rug and throw pillows.
* Orange accent pieces on the coffee and side tables -- including lacquered trays and boxes-- bounce around the colour.
* Animals make for a happy menagerie: greyhounds, horses, bulls, snails, gazelles, birds and a leather rhino footstool.
Orange shouted out to the world that you didn't take things too seriously: that you weren't old and crusty, that you were not your parents, and that you didn't have a living room full of plastic-covered furniture.
Orange says, "I'm fun!" Use it to draw out your inner child: grab a Fanta and an orange Tootsie Pop and feel your Happy Chic life expand.
To ensure a successful and safe end result, follow these simple steps:
ABOVE: Orange in the bedroom with a palette of blue and brown livened with strong pops of orange. The classic Scalamandre brocade looks modern when executed in orange and white.
ABOVE: Orange in the dining room is a celebration of l'orange, from the lacquered planters to the zigzag carpet and glass face sculptures on the mantel. Lots of white space gives ample breathing room.
Other tricks for creating balance:
* Blue is the main accent colour. A dab on either side wall balances things out and establishes symmetry.
* The repitition of circular motifs (the artwork, the globe lights, and the round chairs) softens the zigzag.
* Sunflowers provide a happy focal point.
LEFT: Even a small amount of orange can have an impact in a room. In this lounge before the white walls dominate and the artwork becomes the sole focal point.
With the introduction of additional furniture and colourful accessories, the eye sweeps across the room from one point to another, achieving a sense of balance.