From to the Grammys to the Oscars and the seemingly hundreds of award shows in between, February was a fashion-filled month. We’re still coming down from all the red-carpet highs (Lupita Nyong’o dripping in a 6,000-pearl dress by Calvin Klein! Emma Stone in a sleek and shimmery Lanvin jumpsuit! Mary J. Blige in a floaty-meets-architecural silver J. Mendel stunner!), so instead we’re focusing our attention on the runway. There was a lot to love at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Fall 2015, but if we had to choose a single favorite trend, we’re going with this one: neutral with a pop of bright, can’t-miss-it orange.
As this collage of killer looks shows, orange—from cantaloupe to tangerine, bittersweet, and even traffic cone—is the It hue for combining with some pretty sharp, mostly tailored, mostly neutral outfits. So that got us to thinking. . . . How can we create the same feeling in our home decorating? Here’s our guide to translating this unforgettable Fashion Week trend into your décor:
1. Start with a neutral. Camel, saddle brown, white, sand, and greys of all intensity are a natural for pairing with orange. Black is a bit more challenging—it can easily read Halloween—but it’s possible to do well if the orange is kept to a few strategic accents. But why not expand your base of neutrals and also consider navy? Or even venture into pseudo-neutral territory, like burgundy? Both are unexpected yet sophisticated pairing partners for orange.
2. Keep it tailored (mostly). While this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule, it’s easier to mix an eye-popping hue like orange with furniture, textiles, and accents that aren’t too fussy. We love the look of a graphic, boho-style quilt like this one combined with a sleek-lined matelassé coverlet and sheets with a classic hemstitch detail.
3. Focus on a few well-placed accents. Our favorite ways to incorporate a splash of orange? Layer an orange matelassé coverlet or blanket under your quilt or duvet. Toss a couple pillows—like this gorgeous embroidered decorative pillow —on the bed or sofa. Tuck a striped pouf into the seating area of your room. Or strategically arrange a handful of smaller objects—a vignette of different-size vases, some bright tangerine bookends, a mirror framed in orange lacquer, or a vase of bright orange daisies, for example—around the room.
4. Be picky about pattern. As a solid, orange makes a terrific counterpoint to patterns. We love it in a pattern, as well, but because it can come off a little loud, you might want to stick with a two-tone pattern to start, then try adding multicolor patterns later on.
Sound off! Are you planning to try a pop of orange in your home decorating this season?
1. Naraya Quilt