20 {Great} Shades of Orange Wall Paint {and Coral, Apricot, Kumquat…}

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It is with great excitement that I present to you the first. [well, really second] in a series of posts about the best of the best paint colors.

And the first color is ORANGE!!!

 

Bold, shy, happy, assertive, traditional, avant-garde, modern, young, old, rich and poor. It’s the everyman color and by the time you finish this post please tell me what you think about the color ORANGE!

The primary two companies are Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. In secondary roles [but not secondary colors!] are Farrow & Ball and Pratt & Lambert.

These are all wonderful paint companies. Kudos goes to Sherwin Williams for the tenacity it took to break through the Benjamin Moore monopoly! And for good reason. SW has a tighter more consistent line, over-all than BM. While the latter has many, many exquisite colors, there are too many duds, IMO.

 

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Speaking of $$$, of course, is the old guard/haute couture of accessories—Hermes– in orange.

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Someone tried to match up a Benjamin Moore paint chip. The electric orange is pretty close. It’s actually REALLY bright!

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Love this chinoiserie end table which was new last season at Hickory Chair.

 Alright, enough of the preambles or I’ll need to have a third post and as much I love all of this, I’d like to get on with it and I’m sure that you do too!

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20 {GREAT} SHADES OF ORANGE WALL PAINT

 

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Now, that we’ve established just how cool, historical, classic and rich orange is— let’s get on with the point of this post which is how can we incorporate it in our homes on our WALLS and what are the best shades of orange wall paint?

 

*One important note. The colors represented in the photos may or may not actually be painted the color they are representing. However, it really doesn’t matter because how many times have you seen a color in a magazine that looks nothing like what they say it is? Therefore, I chose images with great design that look close to the color I am talking about. In addition, some of these images are very recent and some were done years if not decades ago. Orange as we saw in the last post is timeless and forever.

I figure, let’s start with pale and work ourselves up from there.

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Thomas Pheasant

FARROW & BALL  68 DORSET CREAM

This is a warm, wonderful, pale, pale warm, tawny peach. Farrow & Ball’s colors are always wonderful as they are made from complex formulas adding to their richness.

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Amelia Handegan

BENJAMIN MOORE PALE DAFFODIL 2017-60

This is a warm beautiful pale orange that glows like candle light.

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 Brockschmidt & Coleman

BENJAMIN MOORE  SOFT MARIGOLD 160

On the cool, cool lambrequins which I believe are making a comeback.

The next two images are by one of my design idols, Stephen Shubel whose work I’ve admired since the 1980’s. His blend of antiques with casual elements and soft, blushy colors has distinguished him his entire career.

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stephen-shubel-magazineStephen Shubel

This is a room from the nineties. I remember because I cut it out. And then, I used that chandelier for a couple of jobs. It’s really cool!

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William Hodgins

One of the old guard interior designers. Classic. Great taste. A Zuber Screen. ;]

The color? Who knows, but it looks like this.

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FARROW AND BALL ORANGERY

the next three images are also in orangery.

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Gil Shafer

above and below

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Orangery is the color on all of the above. This is not a pure orange but more orange than gold. It is warm and a wonderful choice for someone not yet ready for BOING!!!

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BENJAMIN MOORE 166 ORANGE ICE

 Orange Ice is a color similar to orangery– just a touch lighter and brighter– but ice is a misnomer. The picture is attributed to Donald Kaufman who also has a brilliant line of paint, but it’s harder to get and I’m not as familiar with it. However, I do own two of his books.

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BENJAMIN MOORE 168 AMBER

is a dusty warm, terra cotta. I would use it in a south facing room

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Miles Redd

BENJAMIN MOORE 034 SPICED PUMPKIN

Spiced pumpkin is a color I’ve used a few times and goes up looking a bit brighter than it does on the chip. It is more rust than terra cotta and a very lovely warm, rich color.

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BM GRAND CANYON 118

This is more of an adobe colored light orange. Makes a wonderful backdrop when used with brighter colors. And what a gorgeous color scheme here!

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BM BRONZE TONE 2166-30

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SW DETERMINED ORANGE 6635

Love that name. As you can see, determined is an orange with a lot of red in it, but still orange. I guess that’s more coral.

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SHERWIN WILLIAMS  6647 EXCITING ORANGE

Exciting orange has a lot of life without being too in your face. I think it’s quite versatile

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SW KUMQUAT 6648

Kumquat is a shade deeper than Exciting and also wonderful.

I’m going to let you in a little secret right now. I struggled the most with the SW colors. Why? Because they are all so friggin’ gorgeous! Really, I don’t think you can go wrong, but I still want to break it down for you. BTW, I met Robert Couturier last summer at a day of design in Washington, CT and he is one of the funniest people on the planet!

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BM SEMOLINA 2155-40

Semolina is veering on yellow and a very cool, well warm modern color. Totally fabulous for a “night room.”

NOTE: JUNE 7TH 2015. BECAUSE OF COPYRIGHT EXTORTIONIST TROLLS, TORY BURCH’S IMAGES WERE REMOVED. HOWEVER, YOU ARE FREE TO LOOK THEM UP YOURSELF.

So what shade of orange is Tory Burch’s fabulous library? Ahhh… well, of course, these secrets are not given up easily if at all. However… I have examined this one very carefully and weighed in on other factors in the photos and the hands-down winner is…

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SHERWIN WILLIAMS  6895 LAUGHING ORANGE.

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Above and below by the wonderful Philip Gorrivan. Fabulous designer. This looks like laughing orange. Although I have read that he has used BM 2015-30 CALYPSO ORANGE.

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Sheila Bridges

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FARROW & BALL  268 CHARLOTTES LOCKS

Charlotte’s Locks is a new densely pigmented color from Farrow and Ball. It has more red than a true orange

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BENJAMIN MOORE  RACING ORANGE 2169-10

Another lovely orange red that’s not too bright

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BM PUMPKIN CREAM 2168-20

and below

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Orange looks so appropriate lacquered, especially the deeper redder and or browner tones. Pumpkin Creme and it’s fandeck mate – just a shade lighter 2168-30 orange blossom are very lovely tangerine shades.

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Justine Cushing

BENJAMIN MOORE CORLSBUD CANYON 076

This is a very soft coral. Me like.

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BENJAMIN MOORE  070 TOPAZ

This is a rich terra cotta and looks great glazed like this

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McMillen

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BM AZTEC BRICK 2175-10

And finally our deepest hue for our 20+ best shades of orange wall paint– a rich deep saturated, warm rust. Perfect for a library or den

Well, that’s all folks. I have enjoyed immersing myself in orange for the last week, but as Forrest Gump did after he had been running for three years straight. He suddenly stopped and realized he didn’t need to run no mo’.

xo,

laurel

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  • Tricia Heliker - February 5, 2017 - 1:02 PM

    Went back to check this post per your suggestion today in your current post and landed on the color Laughing Orange. (6895) Looks like SW took it out of their latest deck. I went to the garage and dug out the old deck and found it. Made me realize I better keep both decks handy as I might be missing out on just the color I want. These are timely posts for me right now. Very helpful. It’s nice to focus on a specific aspect of color/design just because you make it so interesting, It’s like taking a class, only better. Thanks for the pleasure you bring to my Sunday mornings.ReplyCancel

  • RENEE - September 25, 2016 - 2:09 PM

    Hello. Thank you for your delightful posting on “Orange.” There is one mistake I wanted to let you know about. The room above with the Balthus painting was mistakenly attributed to Robert Couturier. It was, in fact, designed by the great Henri Samuel, a mentor to Jacques Grange. If you google Henri Samuel and look under “Images,” you will see him standing in this room, together with many other photos of the magnificent room where he effortlessly blends grand and humble, antique and modern. Thank you, again, for a pleasant Sunday morning ramble. ReneeReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - September 25, 2016 - 5:09 PM

      Hi Renee,

      Thank you so much for letting me know. I made the change.ReplyCancel

  • Leisa - May 10, 2016 - 7:01 PM

    Thank you so much for this post. Although none of these colors worked for me- it helped me immensely in pointing me where to look. I ended up getting BM’s Hannah Banana CSP-955. Not yellow, not orange, not gold–but a nice Goldilocks color that looks lovely with my stuff which included reds, warm tans, walnut and cherry furniture.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - March 24, 2016 - 7:23 PM

    Thank you so much for your information. I agree with you about the Sherwinn-Williams colors…they are all beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • sam greeson - December 24, 2015 - 6:23 PM

    Love you tasteReplyCancel

  • Carrie - August 21, 2015 - 5:10 AM

    What a wonderful site! Your pics are very helpful and inspiring- in fact, they are the best group of great orange room examples currently on the web. And your writing is so clear and vibrant. Thanks for posting. Have been hankering for a marigold painted living room for some time and I am really inspired.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - August 21, 2015 - 3:30 PM

      Hi Carrie,

      Thanks so much! That post took a lot out of me. lol. Shortly thereafter a much respected colleague told me that most of my posts are too long. Since then, most have been scaled back a bit but some need to be longer. I try to put the subheads in bold to keep it easier to move down the page. I know that helps me as I’m a lazy reader, ironically!

      Thanks so much for the feedback. I haven’t promoted this post as much as some of the other paint posts that have done very well. However, it’s getting to be… that time of year again. The orange time. haha! (always bitter sweet because it’s lovely, but it also means that winter is on the way.) 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Nancy in Alabama - January 11, 2015 - 4:10 PM

    After seeing this post, I realized my solution to my red dining room and powder room: Hallelujah!!!! You’ve found so many livable shades of orange, I might just paint my living room, foyer, hall and den in complimentary shades. Thank you, thank you Laurel for my re-education on the color orange!!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - January 12, 2015 - 1:27 AM

      how wonderful! Thanks for stopping by Nancy!ReplyCancel

      • peggy - July 12, 2015 - 11:24 PM

        What a great site. Love all the suggestions here and you confirmed that a accent wall (i have one) is not the way to go. I have north facing living room, not a lot of light. Thinking of going from my yellow gold color to a cream with a yellow undertone and apricot accents. Paint suggestion? White is too sterile, grey may be too dark. Couch is a tobacco brown color, maple floors, cream color accent rug. Thanks.ReplyCancel

        • Laurel Bern - July 12, 2015 - 11:29 PM

          HI Peggy,
          Thank you so much. Sounds like you might need a paint consult. If interested, please contact me to discuss. The fee for one room is $90. It’s not possible to specify colors without seeing the space in photos and what else is going on. It’s a lot like calling up the doctor and telling him your symptoms. They always want you to come in and for a good reason. :]ReplyCancel

  • Margot - November 7, 2014 - 4:59 PM

    I love these ! Of course I have my favorites and they are the lighter ones. I love the BM Orange Ice,Pale Daffodil and my absolute favorite Soft MarIgold. I also like the F&B Dorset Cream and Orangery. I really never knew orange could be so fabulous if done correctly. Thanks Laurel for posting.ReplyCancel

  • Tone on Tone Loi Thai - November 5, 2014 - 12:29 PM

    Beautiful! Now I want orange walls!! Perhaps it’s the fall season, but I’m digging every single room. So warm and gorgeous.
    Cheers~ReplyCancel

  • Eileen lonergan - November 4, 2014 - 5:54 AM

    I love every single room that you shared and every color. The brighter the better for me! And i am with you, the shades are odd.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - November 4, 2014 - 1:09 PM

      thank you so much Eileen! It was a fun post to put together, but I’m a bit oranged out now!ReplyCancel