orange_splash-resized-600Yes, orange is the color of the year 2012 (Tangerine Tango) but if you are not comfortable  “Going for it” in a big way – here are some ways to use it in smaller doses that will still be very effective.

C--Documents and Settings-Lila-My Documents-My Pictures-Interior Design photos-colors-orange_tangerine-resized-6001.  If your bedroom needs a pop of color and excitement, orange is the perfect color!  If you get tired of it you can change it seasonally or replace it without breaking the bank.  It mixes well with other colors so you could paint the walls white, brown, green, blue, yellow or almost anything else to change the look of it too.

C--Documents and Settings-Lila-My Documents-My Pictures-Interior Design photos-colors-orange_furniture-resized-6002.  Orange painted furniture is unexpected and youthful and of course, orange pillows are an easy decorating trick.

C--Documents and Settings-Lila-My Documents-My Pictures-Interior Design photos-colors-orange_and_blue_bedding-resized-6003.  Blue and orange are combined in this bedding for just the right amount of orange accents.

C--Documents and Settings-Lila-My Documents-My Pictures-Interior Design photos-colors-orange_&_blue_bedroom-resized-6004.  The simple addition of some orange lamp shades and a few orange accessories around the room gives this bedroom life.

C--Documents and Settings-Lila-My Documents-My Pictures-Interior Design photos-colors-orange_&_blue_kitchen-resized-6005.  Here is another example of use of orange in small doses to liven up the dominant blue in the room.  Notice the orange espresso maker – have some fun with your decorating!

C--Documents and Settings-Lila-My Documents-My Pictures-Interior Design photos-colors-orange_&_blue-resized-6006.  Orange and blue are complimentary colors so they are often used together.

C--Documents and Settings-Lila-My Documents-My Pictures-Interior Design photos-colors-orange_accents-resized-6007.  Here is an example of using orange towels and a plant to perk up a bathroom.

C--Documents and Settings-Lila-My Documents-My Pictures-Interior Design photos-colors-orange_walls_001-resized-6008.  Although this room has orange walls, there is little showing, and the designer has introduced the orange banding on the chairs to pull the whole thing together.

Look around and see where you could add a bit of punch to you home by incorporating a little orange accents.