Red and green. Black and orange. Pink and red. Unshakable holiday ties can be the bane of any color lover's experiments, immediately conjuring images of cheesy decorations and greeting cards. Halloween's signature hues in particular suffer terribly from this seasonal syndrome. Pair the wrong shade of orange with pure black or primary yellow and you're in full jack-o-lantern candy corn territory. But tweak those colors just a few degrees and you can wind up with a completely sophisticated space that's the farthest thing from spooky.
Few designers know their way around a daringly poppy hue quite like Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan. The power couple paired a multitude of potentially pumpkin-esque hues in their New York City apartment to gorgeous effect. The secret to their success? Pairing their oranges with warm metals—check out the bright brass vessel and smokey bronze light fixture in the entryway and the golden Hermes logo and obelisk in the master bath—and then surrounding them with rich whites and creams. The dark olive drab ceiling in the bath also acts as the perfect pigmented counterpoint for the bold hue.
Tamara Kaye-Honey's California cottage is a lesson in daring design choices, not least among them, her super-bright front door. The nearly neon sunset hue sets the tone for the home's boho-meets-mod interior aesthetic and is balanced by warm woods and metallics (are you sensing a trend?) and subtle neutrals.
More traditional tastes needn't avoid orange either. If you're ever in doubt of the chic level of a classic tangerine, just take a peek at the impressive stack of Hermes boxes artfully arranged in Jessika Goranson's Upper East Side apartment or the modified botanical print wallpaper in Emily Meyer's eclectic Palo Alto home.
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