Saturday, May 28, 2011

Orange you glad to see us?

Monochromatic rooms are a challenge that many shy away from. To me, this is what makes them so fascinating. They are the rare jewel that, when done successfully, can really shine!

What is a monochromatic room you ask? Well, the definition of "monochromatic" is one color; and so a monochromatic room would be one that is made up entirely of a single color. The problem is, designers usually don't like to limit themselves to a single color... there are just too many good colors and combos out there! This makes finding a true monochromatic room very difficult. However, in the world of interior design there are almost monochromatic rooms… rooms that are made up primarily of one color and accented with just one or two extra colors (usually these are neutrals such as white or black). For our case, these almost rooms is what we’ll be referring to when discussing “monochromatic rooms.“

So, how does one pull off a “monochromatic room?” The key is to play with patterns, textures, shades, and finishes/sheens of the same color. By playing with these different variables of the same color, you keep a monochromatic room from being monotonous. Take a look…

Designer Todd Romano

The vibrance of the color orange means that either you love it or hate it. Having a little less intensity of red and a little more of the cheerfulness of yellow, orange can evoke energy, appetite, and socialization in most. It is also symbolic of vitality and endurance.

Because of the associations with the color, orange is more often used in restaurant and office environments. In residential design, the color can be tricky. In small doses, or in small rooms, orange can be the most powerful. It is also very striking when used in combination with other colors such as blue, pink, and yellow.

Designer Sarah Story

"There is no blue without yellow and without orange." -- Vincent Van Gogh

The many shades of orange.... apricot, carrot, coral, copper, ginger, marmalade, marigold, mandarin orange, melon, peach, pumpkin, persimmon, salmon, sunset, tangerine, terra

Until next time!

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