If you believe that decorating with orange rugs is something only a nostalgic hippy with a penchant for shag carpeting would do, you will be surprised to learn that the color soothsayers at Pantone named Tangerine Tango as the 2012 color of the year. Since there is sometimes a lag before colors forecasted by Pantone begin to show up in women’s fashion and even a longer lag before high end orange rugs begin appearing, you are well ahead of the fashion curve if you are contemplating decorating with orange rugs. You will be happy to learn that orange is one of the most flattering colors on the color wheel. In varying hues, it works with just about every skin tone and color scheme. You can saturate a room with it, or use it sparingly via little bursts of color sprinkled around the room. It’s a color for both the color-proud and the color-phobic. You can try it on its own or with complementary colors like yellow or contrasting colors such as blue and green. It can be infused into traditional design or take center stage in a modern aesthetic style.
If you have a room that doesn’t get much light, use orange rugs that have bright tones. “Bright” doesn’t have to mean neon. Bright could mean rich, deep coral tones that caress or stunning apricot hues that illuminate rather than startle. Think about the warm glow that radiates from a giant lit pumpkin and how it leaves you with a silly, giddy smile on your face. Orange rugs can have that same affect. If you’ve ever seen the beauty of faded orange rugs, you already know the peaceful, almost pacifying affect that they can have on a room. You can use them to continue a neutral theme throughout a room, or they can be used as achromatic, grounding forces in a room that allow brighter colors to shine.
Room in Kate and Andy Spade’s Steven Sclaroff-designed Southampton home
Orange Rugs Blush
Designers Kate and Andy Spade not only share a marriage but also a wildly successful design empire that stretches from handbags to perfume to home accessories. Even though they have a name that’s synonymous with style, the couple has repeatedly turned to New York-based interior and product designer Steven Sclaroff when it’s come to the design of their residences and stores. Sclaroff is a master at mixing and matching patterns, colors and textures, creating interiors that deliver delicious feasts for the senses.
In the Soade’s Southampton home above, ebony wood floors, white walls filled with miles of colorful paintings and lantern chandeliers create a space that is one part whimsy, three parts welcome. The orange Oushak rug in the forefront of the photo is faded in some parts, brighter in others, highlighting the rug’s long and well-loved history. The coral color is rich without being overwhelming. Surrounded by upholstered sofas and armchairs and with a worn antique table sitting on top of it, the orange rug helps form the perfect sitting area.
Orange Rugs Ablaze
Jamie Drake used an orange rug to unify orange upholstered chairs and an abstract painting with splashes of orange.
If you prefer orange rugs that appear to make a room dance with energy, bold contemporary rugs would fit the bill. Whether you choose rugs with funky geometric patterns or with designs that mimic Moroccan tile, they’ll elevate the vibe of any space they’re in.
This room by Jamie Drake features his brilliantly mod style. Drake’s lifelong love affair with exquisite colors is apparent in every room he designs. He has been blessed with an uncanny ability to blend seemingly disparate colors and textures into seductive and brilliant works of art. The contemporary rug is weaved through with varying shades of orange, cream and fuchsia, and it forms the perfect setting for the contemporary art and furnishings. The room is just begging for an impromptu, late-night get-together.
Orange rugs allow you to always bring your own sunshine into your home, no matter what the weather is doing outside.
Here is a selection of rugs with orange and coral accents:
Marbella RY Savonnerie Oriental Rug has a yellow damask field and a border with many shades of coral. The rug has not been chemically washed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
Flowing Coral CR Needlepoint Rug has many shades of coral and yellow-greens and blue- greens. The rug has not been chemically washed. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Anatolia PC Oushak Rug has a coral background with subtle accents of yellow green and a cream border. This Oushak rug has hundreds of shade variations which naturally occur in fine hand spun wool yarn. The soft and antique look is natural and has not been created by chemical washing. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
The Kos Oushak Rug has a golden beige background with accents of red and green. This Oushak rug has hundreds of shade variations which naturally occur in fine hand spun wool yarn. The soft and antique look is natural and has not been created by chemical washing. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.