Monday, October 15, 2007

Orange crush

Chip and I both agree, nothing says Fall like orange! During this time of the year,
when I think of orange , I think of jack-o’-lanters, a blazing log fire and changing tree
leaves. Orange is his favorite color and when he thinks of it, he thinks, Syracuse
Orangeman, Cleveland Browns and New York Knicks - - -football and basketball season
have begun!

Wherever your thoughts may turn when you think of orange, you should know it is
a wonderfully versatile color for decorating your table. The spectrum ranges from
sophisticated and earthy to crisp and energetic, creating vibrant pairings with hues
from citrus greens to chocolate brown. Whether it's a muted accent or a bold
centerpiece, use orange as the starting point for an easy palette that feels just right
for the season.

For a warm and cozy look, pair rich orange elements and accessories with textiles
in varying shades of chocolate and espresso.

A subtle range of nature infuses this scene with tranquility. Accent with elements
from nature, such as the white pumpkins featured here, to enhance the organic

For a bold contrast, pair one strong orange item with citrus green. Accessories in
the same vibrant color family help unify the elements.

The use of orange depends on the context of the room. If it's a very contemporary
space, mix orange with lime green or cobalt blue for a lot of contrast. If the room
is traditional, mix it with shades of brown, tan and gold since these colors are
going to mute it.

Score some major points at your next affair by adding zest to your table with a
splash of orange. I love the Jonathan Adler Mod Dot dinnerware, the vibrant color
can be a bit overpowering for some, but when used as an accent color it can really
make a table pop and that makes it a winner in my book!

(above: Jonathan Adler Mod Dots 16 piece dinnerware, $99.00; Jonathan Adler Mod Dots, 2 piece complete set, $59.00, both are available at Distinctive Decor)

Images credit: The Knot, Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living.


People St.Clair said...

There are so many great ideas for how to use orange in a wedding. I love the Jonathan Adler Mod Dots too.

Neutral Dwelling said...

I love the idea of using orange with chocolate! Simply Beautiful.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Perfect for today! Love the dots.

Holly Woods said...

Hi Sarah,
I just popped over from all the best.
YOU are an inspiration!
Well done!

Sarah Dennis said...

Thanks Natasha! The Mod dinnerware is great...they're soooo Johnnie!

Sarah Dennis said...

Thanks neutral dwelling for stopping by! Love those orange flowers you posted earlier this month and congrats on the "You make me smile" award! :-)

I'll be checking in to see you again.

Sarah Dennis said...

Mrs B! I knew you would love the're so chic!

Sarah Dennis said...

Ohhh sucks Holly Wood, I'm blushing!!! Thanks so much for the kind words. BTW, love the name!

mrsplainjane said...

I just love the chocolate cosmos in that one section of varying shades of chocolate and espresso :) This is a great post. Yea for fall!

Bellissima Vita said...

I am obsessed with orange too! Great pictures.

elizabeth said...

Dear Sarah,
What a fantastic post - I LOVE your orange tablescapes. The orange and chocolate turned out beautifully.

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog, I am adding you to my must-read list!


PS - I think that I'm doing orange and white for my day after brunch color scheme. :)

Mike said...

I love the small amount of orange in both the plates and the bowls.