Photo Gallery: Orange Rooms
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HGTV star and Toronto designer Tommy Smythe updated this Victorian living room with a bold rug and solid jewel tones. Although blue and grey are predominent colours, pops of orange are critical to the overall look. “Given free rein, this what you’ll get from me:” he says. “Strong colours, bold gestures and traditional references.”
This soft orange — Powdered Petals (200D-4) from Behr — makes a simple white Ikea armchair pop. Consider a peachy-orange like this in a small office, library or sitting room with white furniture.
Victoria Webster — here with sons Charlie and Isaac — went for a modern cooking space that requires minimal upkeep. The high-end, modern Bulthaup kitchen is stylish and much more forgiving than glossy or white cabinetry. Decorative white vases are kept high up on an open shelf, away from sticky fingers.
In the same home, Victoria had the walls of her dining room professionally painted in a high-gloss orange paint. It took 12 coats of paint and two coats of glaze to achieve the sheen!
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Vancouver designer April Tidey’s stencilled wall pattern, found in the kitchen sitting area, lends an exotic feel to this space. The tortoise shell and two types of coral came from an antique shop. On the couch sits Tidey’s lovable pug, guarding a quirky owl throw pillow.
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A vase of branches adds texture, while a Noguchi coffee table, a celebrated art print, and Arco floor lamp add design savvy. A soft shag rug pulls the look together and softens the deep tones of the hardwood floor.
Orange lacquer adds the wow factor, while a careful mix of styles keeps the room chic. The mahogany and caned seats of the British Colonial Regency-back chairs show nicely against the taupe linen tablecloth, which conceals a hefty antique table. The cloth breaks up the dark wood in the room, making it more inviting, says designer Anne Hepfer.
The antique marble-topped mahogany console and English folding table add weight to the room and display patterned ceramic jars, silver accents and white orchids.
This bright yet livable hue looks best in a flat finish. Crisp white trim keeps the palette fresh. And like the bolduc ribbon that’s tied around every Herme?s box, chocolate brown furniture — in sumptuous fabrics such as velvet — offers a soph
Vintage furniture pieces can be instantly revitalized with some sanding and a few coats of paint. This secondhand dresser gets a new life and a contemporary look with eye-catching deep orange paint. Brightly patterned drapes from Urban Outfitters work well in the space.
A shelf doubles as a bench, baskets keep clutter in check and artwork and pillows add graphic punch to this entryway.
In Montreal artist Oorbee Roy’s loft studio/office, teak furniture is an understated vintage-modern backdrop for bold accents.
In this corner of their dining room, Lee Caswell and Blaise Gaetz transformed an array of traditionally functional objects into a striking wall installation. A vivid red-orange paint adds even more richness and drama.
Playing with pattern and scale, Anne Hepfer added interest to this space with different textures and upholstery fabric. As a general rule, she sticks to smaller-scale prints for more delicate pieces of furniture and opts for hip, graphic details on pillows.
For the window of the same room, Hepfer created the drapes with a slight scoop at the bottom to add “a ballgown-like feeling.” She also opted for medium-weight interlining to prevent the shades from looking heavy or lumpy, and to allow natural light to glow through the silk. Black tapered legs on the chairs and upholstered bench unify this seating area.
For more chic interiors by Anne Hepfer, see our photo gallery.
“Turquoise and orange is one of my favourite colour combinations,” says Erin Gates, a Boston interior designer and author of the popular Elements of Style blog. “Throw in some zebra — my favourite pattern — and you’ve got a magnificent space.”
See more of Erin’s favourite interiors in this photo gallery.
In this 1970s home on Calgary’s Lake Bonavista, floating wooden shelves incorporated into the fireplace’s Pece limestone surround create an asymmetry that is very mid-century modern. Designer James McIntyre chose a Nuevo floor lamp and bright orange sofas to go along with the theme.
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