2015 Fresh Colors in Home Design - That 70's Shade, ORANGE!

I posted on my Facebook page the other day Elle DECOR's take on PANATONE's Spring 2015 Colors. One of the colors in the mix is an orange, Tangerine, 15-1247.  

A friend responded with -" Having lived thru the 70's and seeing my mother in law's orange shag in the 'rec room' I never want to see anything remotely tangerine again.

70's Orange Shag Carpet Contempt

70's Orange Shag Carpet Contempt

One would guess seeing acres of orange carpet, especially while visiting your mother-in-law would result in contempt for the color.  But I would encourage my friend and everyone to find a renewed joy in this fantastic hue;  it seems to be trending in home design everywhere. According to Chicago Tribune Real Estate columnist Mary Umberger, who just returned from the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas "...orange is hot again, judging from the numerous kitchen displays that showed either accents of bright orange or whole slabs of the stuff."  Counter top company, Formica Corporation enlisted iconic designer Jonathan Adler to create a new line for them, which just won a BEST of KBIS.  His orange does not look like the Brady's kitchen.


Jonathan Alder for Formica Corporation

Orange in Living Room Photo (Source)

Orange in Living Room Photo (Source)

Orange is a bold color for most,  so maybe taken in smaller doses. Beside dipping into it in your kitchen, why not try some orange in the rest of home's spaces with accents?  Throw pillows, lamps or vases are easy choices since they are small and can add just a hint.  Move on up to an area rug with a bit of the hue to create an anchor to a new palette, or take a bolder step into a statement making accent chair.

Anyway you slice it, that old 70's orange seems to be back! Maybe it will replace Black?


1. Ikat Rug - Shades of Light

2. Hot Dog Happy Pillows - Naked Decor at Wayfair.com

3. Alpaca Throw  - Crate & Barrel

4. Mr. Smith Chair - Haute House at Horchow

5. Linhas Dinnerware - Anthropologie