Orange has gotten a bad reputation over the years; think hunting vests, traffic cones and day-glo shag rugs. Yet orange is a truly versatile color that can create an array of looks. On the warm color spectrum, the collection of orange tints, shades and hues have a chameleon-like capability to match the aura you want to create. Orange rugs can mimic the effects of the other colors on the warm color palette. Orange rugs can have the vibrancy or stateliness of red, the sunny disposition of yellows and the chic or modern look of pinks. Since orange is a color that also always has a character all its own, it certainly lives up to the adage described by legend jeweler Harry Winston: “People will stare. Make it worth their while.”
Orange Rugs With the Warmth and Life of Yellow
Orange rugs can lend warmth, light and life to a room that is reminiscent of the color yellow. Orange can be soft and mellow, creating a welcoming feeling like the sun is shining throughout the room as in the living area below designed by million dollar decorator Martyn Lawrence-Bullard.
The orange Aubusson rug pulls together all the orange, yellow, coral and reds and gives this living area a “collected, not decorated” look. Interior design by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. Image courtesy Martyn Lawrence-Bullard.
The living area by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard is full of warm oranges, and the mellow orange Aubusson rug pulls that warmth throughout the room. The oranges of the room are mixed with coral, mellow reds and yellows, adding further warmth throughout the room. There are also a wide range of influences, from the Mediterranean armoire to the French Aubusson rug to the contemporary artwork on the wall, but it is that warm, mellow orange that pulls it all together.
Dial Up the Drama by Pairing Orange and Red Rugs
Orange can also make a bold statement; it can be spicy and dramatic without overpowering.
Red rugs and orange fabrics set a bold and dramatic tone for a room when used in deep and spicy hues. Image courtesy Timothy Corrigan.
The bedroom designed by AD 100 interior designer Timothy Corrigan who is often featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Town & Country, Vanity Fair, and Vogue pairs corals and tangerines with a red rug to achieve a look of comfortable elegance.
The reds and blue in the red rug create drama and interest, and the lighter oranges of the window treatments and bed hangings echo that feeling of the dramatic. The combination of orange fabrics with a red rug is eye catching and memorable; as Harry Winston proclaimed should be, but it does not overpower or create a garish atmosphere.
Orange Rugs can Mimic Pink Chic
Orange also has a delicate and feminine side that looks totally chic—like the color pink can achieve. The twist is that orange is not quite as feminine as pink, so it adds an artistic, modern touch to a room without making a room look too girly as in the living room below.
Orange rugs can create a chic, modern vibe that really pops.
Orange rugs with bright, fresh hues and interesting patterns can lend a chic, modern vibe to any room. The above living room uses a bright orange rug with a stylized floral and white lattice design to add charm and interest to a room that really pops. Other than the light pink walls, the orange is the dominant color among the whites and blacks of the room. That chic orange is repeated in the artwork, creating a connection between the pink walls and modern orange rug.
Using orange rugs can introduce boldness, interest or a warm feeling in any room. Utilize the wide array of orange colors available to create a room that is truly worth looking at!
David Easton had a coral, orange and cream Bessarabian rug custom made by Asmara for this living room in a Dallas home. Image courtesy David Easton, Inc.
David Easton’s living room will always look stylish because it does not adhere to just on decorative period but is a lyrical mix of many styles. But what makes this room look eternally youthful are the life giving coral, oranges, gold, yellow and ocher. These are the colors of sunlight, citrus, peaches, apricots and melons- will we ever tire of the sun or of the fruits and flora of the Mediterranean?
Here is a selection of orange rugs and rugs with orange, coral, melon, apricot, yellow, pomegranate and gold accent colors.
Flowing Coral CG Needlepoint Rug. Rug Design © Asmara, Inc.
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.
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.
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.