Monday, June 4, 2012

orange...



coloblock it:
It's only fair, right? We should talk about orange, since we were just discussing yellow.

The thing is, orange wasn't always in my life. When I was a kid yellow was non-existent in our home since it was considered to be the color of envy, and orange? Well, it wasn't serious. We had a very "serious" home.

I've never really played color favorites, though I certainly have gone through phases. Now, I just love working with all colors as long as I figure out how to make them work in the design story I'm trying to tell for my clients, or in my products.


One of the reasons I have a soft spot in my heart for orange, is that when we launched angelo:HOME everyone told me to NOT to use orange. I had it in my Harlow arm chair, my nesting ottomans, my Crawford sofa, and many other pieces I was introducing. Everyone from the furniture reps to the manufacturers strongly suggested we stick with brown. "A new, Angelo brown" they said. Why did they want me to get in the furniture business? I had resisted for years because I didn't want to put out, just another chair. There had to be something else, and for me it was just as much about color as my mantra that style doesn't have to cost a lot. Everyone should be in on it (design) AND they should have color! Lots of it. I felt there was no reason for me to even exist in the marketplace, if all it needed was more brown. They had that covered pretty well.


The angeloHOME Harlow arm chair in orange (mango floral, to be exact) was our first sell out. Our six months worth of inventory went in two weeks.

Don't get me wrong, I love brown. I use it often, but it needs a color friend.

Orange is here to stay. -angelo









9 comments:

Beth said...

The picture of the Cheetos alongside the picture of the carrots made me laugh out loud!

angelo said...

That's how I roll. Cheetos & Carrots are the perfect images to categorize my scattered eating habits.

Jennifer Moore said...

I like orange in small, accent pieces! In fact, my bedroom has orange accents (deep orange, not in-your-face Nickelodeon orange). :) Not sure if these links will work or not, but my husband and I redid our bedroom with some handmade orange wall art above the bed. I'm thinking I REALLY need your Harlow chair to complete the room. We've also added table lamps and a few other things since these pics were taken, and we'll also be changing out the flooring soon and getting a headboard, but you get the idea. ;)

http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y300/jenny41180/?action=view&current=bedroom_2.jpg

http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y300/jenny41180/?action=view&current=bedroom_1.jpg

angelo said...

Hi Jennifer! I love the *pops" of orange that you used. They go really well with all the earthy tones that are in the bedroom. The Harlow chair is a muted/rusty orange and more of a classic feel. I like the idea of a color like that in your bedroom. Thanks for sharing the pics--links worked, I just copied them and pasted...

Jennifer Moore said...

Thanks for taking a look at the pics! That's exactly what our orange is...more of a rusty orange, which matches the Saltillo tile that is on part of the floor. We can't really replace that right now, so we decided to just incorporate it into the room the best we could. Do you think the Harlow chair would be a good fit for this room, or would you go with the Bradstreet Settee in terracotta? I love them both!

angelo said...

Jennifer- I love that you used the tile as a jumping off point. It makes the room really work! I like the idea of the Bradstreet Settee at the foot of your bed. It feels like it would punctuate the room really well. Plus, you can add extra texture and earth tones by using sream lined storage baskets under neath it (for magazines, books, etc):
http://www.westelm.com/products/modern-weave-storage-a694/?pkey=cstorage-baskets-hampers

angelo said...

Sorry, meant "stream" lined. Back to more coffee...

Jennifer Moore said...

Wonderful suggestion. Thanks so much!

dstoutholcomb said...

I'm not into orange as much, but that Harlow chair is gorgeous. I prefer the oranges in the hues of burnt orange, dark pumpkin or an Autumn color.

My mother had an orangey kitchen in the 70's. Maybe, my problem is more about Mom's decorating sense, or dare I say, lack thereof. Then again, the 70's had a life of its own. My Barbie had an orange motorhome and she was cool! ;)

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