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Add orange to décor

Orange you glad orange is back in style?

When Pantone declared Tangerine Tango as the color of the year last year, a lot of people were skeptical. But others have had a blast working this life-giving color into traditional and contemporary home design. And as autumn approaches, orange is going to play an even more important part of seasonal décor.

Here are three ways you can add a little – or a lot – to home décor.

Add a splash of paint. A fun way to pull orange into your décor is through paint. The good news is, orange comes in such a huge array of tones that you can find one that enhances your home’s style, whether it’s supertraditional or contemporary. Before you get out the drop cloth and painter’s tape, consider buying a quart, covering a few poster boards to hang on your walls to see how the color translates in your space.

Find some fabulous fabrics. Orange tones used in upholstery fabrics are spanning the spectrum from rust to coral. Try preppy Palm Beach colors: tangerine, fuchsia and kelly green.

If you want a hip, progressive look in your space, try covering a sofa or dining chairs in orange linen, then painting your walls white or cream.

Add arresting accents. If you want to experiment with orange, or you just want to enjoy this strong color for a season or two, add little punches through inexpensive accents, like pottery or a tray. Or consider using an orange area rug.

– Mary Carol Garrity, Scripps Howard News Service