Design Recipes: The do’s and don’ts of decorating with orange

By Cathy Hobbs
Tribune News Service
Orange throw pillows add a sense of warmth to an otherwise all-neutral space. (Design Recipes/TNS)

Orange is a popular color, especially this time of year. Not sure you’re ready to take the plunge? There are numerous subtle and creative ways to infuse, this warm, friendly, popular color into your home without going overboard. Here are some top tips.


1. Use accessories and accents such as throws and toss pillows to incorporate orange into your living space.

2. Consider an accent wall or paint as a way to infuse orange into your decor.

3. Create a sense of contrast by pairing orange with neutral colors such as white, cream, gray and black.

4. Remember to use portable decor options (accessories and accents that can be moved from room to room and easily swapped out).

5. Look for unexpected opportunities to bring orange accents into a space.

A mix of orange books adds color to an extensive bookcase. (Design Recipes/TNS)


1. Be afraid to mix different shades and tones of orange in a space.

2. Overwhelm a space with too many colorful elements.

3. Mix orange with muddy colors, such as rust.

4. Overlook opportunities to highlight orange by pairing it with cooler colors such as blue and green.

5. Forget artwork is a wonderful way to bring orange into a space.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at or visit her website at .