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Using Tangerine (and Other Bold Trendy Colors) in Your Space | Kara Paslay Design

Using Tangerine (and Other Bold Trendy Colors) in Your Space

Using Tangerine (and Other Bold Trendy Colors) in Your Space

Oh my goodness, this week has flown by!  I can’t believe it’s already Friday.  Even though I work for myself, I still enjoy the weekend.  I feel like it’s the time I can set aside other’s projects and focus on things I want to do in my own home. . .  and Lord knows there is a lot to get done here at the Paslay household! 🙂  We actually had a friend stop by the other day and I could tell by the look on her face, she was thinking, “Oh my, you’ve got a lot of work to do!” 🙂 Haha, well at least she’ll really be able to appreciate the “after!” 🙂

So today’s post is about easy and inexpensive ways to incorporate bright and bold colors into your space.  We had our monthly segment on Channel 2 yesterday covering this exact topic- hence the studio shots.  Our photos are specifically showing how to use the color orange. . . or tangerine.  In case you haven’t heard yet, Tangerine is the “it” color for the year!  Now, I know incorporating color into your home can be really scary for some people. . . and tangerine can be especially overwhelming! But have no fear, we are here to give you some great ways to try this color out without making big commitments!

So, let’s get to it!

Tip #1– Use bright/bold color in moderation and with other complimentary colors.  You can see in the photo below that I created three set-ups with different color palettes.


These three set-ups show how different orange can feel depending on what other colors you surround it with.  For example, pair the energizing hue with navy, gold, & white, and it instantly feels elegant and sophisticated.  A teal, white, & orange pairing has a vintage and modern feel to it while the pink, gold, white, & orange carries a feminine feel throughout a space.  Of course I love a good orange and gray coupling to create a more masculine feel, but I only had so much space for set-up here.  🙂

Tip #2– The next thing to remember when using trendy, bright colors is to incorporate the hue in inexpensive and easy ways.  Let’s be honest. . . orange won’t be “in style” forever so finding ways to add the color with little effort and money is ideal.  Here are a few ways you can do that!

– Idea #1– Use DYE!!!  Everyone instantly thinks of paint, but dye is even more easy, quick, and cheaper than brushing on a layer of color.  Below, I dip dyed a lampshade to add in orange/tangerine.  The box of dye cost me $3 and the project took about 5 minutes.  Now everyone can do that!!! 🙂


-Idea #2– Wrap it up with ribbon! When dealing with such an overpowering and energizing color, it takes a small amount to make a big impact.  You can see in the photo below how I wrapped a simple glass vase with ribbon.


Of course the gorgeous tangerine tulips kind of steal the show, but the patterned ribbon is pretty fun too, right!?


And remember, ribbon can be applied to much more than vases.  Trim out curtains, embellish pillows, enhance towels, and so much more!


-Idea #3– Paint!  Now I couldn’t create a list of easy ways to bring in color without mentioning paint.  And although there are plenty of obvious ways to use paint, Tim and I really love the idea of painting glass and/or plexiglass.  You can see below how we painted the back of a plexiglass tray with a fun swirling motif. This is a great way add orange in a temporary way.  Next week, we’ll have a detailed DIY for you to follow!


And I’m sure you noticed those awesome gradient bowls (from Target) that I mentioned earlier in the week!  Ahh, just love those!

-Idea #3– Bring trendy colors into your space through accessories and small accents.  Keep your staple pieces neutral and use pops of color within art, decor, and accessories to bring life to your space!  PS- this “rule” can be more of a guideline when your working with a color that you absolutely love!  🙂

You might have noticed three other ideas while going through these photos.  You can use stacks of spray painted books, flowers, and actual oranges or tangerines to bring the beautifully bold “it” color into your home this season!

Now, I don’t want to finish off this post without saying- Don’t decorate your home in accordance with the current trend just because it’s what’s “in.”  Choose to use colors and items that you truly enjoy and that speak your story.  However, just like you exchange items in your wardrobe every year, it’s nice to change things up in your decor as well.  Look at trends as opportunities to try things you wouldn’t normally have the courage to.  You might find something you really love!  And if not, you’ve spent minimal resources trying things out!

Have a wonderful weekend!

This article has 2 comments

  1. Anita

    I’m laying on the couch with a box of Kleenexes tonight, trying to feel like I haven’t wasted the entire day being sick, and found your blog through a Pinterest photo and spent several hours browsing your posts. I love your creativity.

  2. Kara Paslay

    Oh man Anita, I hope you feel better soon! I’m so glad you stumbled across the blog and stayed a while! Hopefully you were able to store up some ideas for when you start feeling better. 🙂 Hope to see you around here more often! 🙂

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