Generally, I do not consider myself to be a fan of orange. Not even when it is called a more artistic name, such as coral or pompeii red or vermilion. I never (never) wear it. Yet, if you look around my house, there are definitely signs of more than a passing interest in orange. My dining room is glazed a beautiful shade of burnt orange (it truly glows at night), and there are a few orange accents around my living room. And, for some reason, orange seems to be one of the recurring themes in my decor 'style file'.
Recently, I visited the wonderful Atlanta store Pieces. Many of their goods are sold online, and they also sell on 1st Dibs. When I saw this beautiful orange cabinet, I was truly inspired:
So I decided to write about orange today. In color theory, orange is the complementary color to blue because they reside directly opposite of one another on the color wheel. The thought is that blue and orange create maximum contrast, and therefore create a visual energy when together. Orange and blue are quite frequently paired together in art and design to reflect this synergy.
Interior design by Kate Ridder
Robert Thomas Collection for Edward Ferrell/Lewis Mittman - Side Chair (top), Des Vosges console
Degas, Dancers at the Barre, c. 1900, Phillips Collection
One of my favorite paintings of all time, Renoir's A Girl with a Watering Can, 1876, at the National Gallery of Art. Note the beautiful vermilion bow, which contrasts so beautifully with the blue dress.
Atlanta artist Rena Rochat; a hint of blue makes this painting sing even more