Thursday, March 31, 2011

COLOR WATCH: EXACTLY 1/2 WAY BETWEEN RED AND YELLOW!

Orange chest of drawers under and orange sunburst mirror
Photo: Jean Randazzo
Orange...orange orange...the kind of orange that looks like an orange...not peach, saffron, rust, tangerine, burnt orange...just orange...bright, cheerful, exciting even!

I love a true bright orange. Just adds a bit of electricity to a space or to an outfit!

On the color spectrum, true orange is found exactly half way between yellow and red. Did you know until about the 1500s, in the English speaking world orange was called ġeolurēad (yellow-red)?  Then someone in Henry the VIII's court had the bright idea to name the color after the bright citrus fruit.  Smart thinking.

Here's a bit of orange for you for your home, house, cottage, wardrobe and more.

Orange floor length Costello Tagliapietra dress from their Fall 2011 runway show
Costello Tagliapietra, Fall 2011 (photo: Style.com) (above and below)
Model wearing orange skinny jeans from Costello Tagliapietra's Fall 2011 runway show

Pantone Orange Notebook
The Conran Shop - Pantone Orange Notebook - $11 (above)

Orange Wegner Wishbone Chair
Room & Board - Wegner Wishbone Chair - $855 (above)

Three orange Rectangular Biscuit Tins stacked on top of each other
West Elm - Rectangular Biscuit Tins - $9-$16 (above)
I'm loving the orange tins. I could use those...functional and cute.

Are you coveting anything orange orange lately? Do you even like orange?

Happy Thursday!

xo
Coco 

23 comments:

  1. I LOVE that pure, apricoty orange! I'm going to do my dining room in apricot Venetian plaster soon :)

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  2. love orange? how could anyone not? (though michael smith said it was the decorator's most hated color. i respectfully disagree, and would substitute beige).

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  3. @maison21 - don't know why Michael Smith said the decorator hates orange - it's my absolutely favourite colour to use. it's vibrant, positive and humorous. hurrah for orange!

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  4. beautiful chair!

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  5. Orange is just so bright and happy. I love it.

    Happy Thursday!


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  6. I adore orange - my favorite color!! That first shot is fabulous!! And love the little piece of history - so right up my alley!!

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  7. I just recently blogged about this very thing myself. The jury is definitely still out...for me it's one of those hues that looks great in other people's houses lol. Here's a link. http://themorselblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/orange-safety-first-or-how-ya-like-me-now/

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  8. I loves me some Orange!! Currently sporting a killer Atomic Orange manicure.

    Sarah x

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  9. I loves me some Orange!! Currently sporting a killer Atomic Orange manicure.

    Sarah x

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  10. I love orange...especially if its like the Hermes orange like the west elm biscuit tins! I love that dresser too.

    xxLily
    goldandgray.com

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  11. Orange is the color for SEX! Did you know that! WHen chakras are represented in colors, orange is the one for that zone!
    I love orange, is very energetic and full of life! I just wanted to share the info because when I was told... I was intimidated to use it!!! LOL!!

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  12. Orange is my absolute favorite color! All shades and tones!

    Love that Room and Board chair!

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  13. I just painted a wall in my kitchen orange. It goes well with the stainless steel appliances.

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  14. Love a' lorange. Especially the Hermes version. Perfection.

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  15. Coco, adore orange, and those biscuit tins.. a delight, don't forget...

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    Karena
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  16. I love love LOVE this shade! I used to have one small wall painted that color on a old apt... such a statement!

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  17. Orange color is looking adore and charming!!! Work with orange is really cool and awesome idea to get change in interior decoration.

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  18. Love orange!! want that wishbone chair...just gorgeous..also in the first image love the contrast with the soft aqua background..the color of my post today..do check it out when you have a moment! xx meenal

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  19. On my first field trip, in 3rd grade, I wore orange jeans with matching jacket, orange and white top and orange tennis shoes. I've been lovin' orange long time.
    Enjoyed the blog. I will be back

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  20. Absolutely right, that does look exactly half way between red and yellow :) Have a good weekend. Nicolex

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  21. I am loving orange right now. I just purchased a gorgeous coral coach purse and will be using it as my inspiration to add more coral into my family room for spring!!
    Christine

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  22. I love a Hermes orange-it reads true orange to me! Interesting fact about the history of its name!

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  23. I love to accent my designs with some orange "zip"! It's amazing how many different colors it will blend with, as well! Aqua, chocolate, black, yellow... and even in small doses with purple, red, and a variety of other colors! It really is quite versatile!

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