Today, we introduce Fash Food Home, a twice monthly column on décor from Harriett Hendren, who already writes about shopping in Friday's Weekender and fashion trends in Living Sunday.
Orange has long been relegated to autumn in home décor alongside pumpkins, bittersweet and black cats.
But now that Pantone, a company that predicts trends in color for design industries, has named Tangerine Tango the hot color of 2012, chances are that a dash of orange will have a place in homes for spring and summer, too.
"I think that it's definitely a really warm spicy orange," said Meghann van den Dool, an interior designer at Adelé, a boutique on Ashland Avenue in Lexington.
And with such a strong hue, van den Dool suggests introducing it to the home a little at a time.
"I would add it by incorporating it through decorative accessories; or fabric with a pop of orange would be a great way — like throw pillows."
Jeremy Rice is co-owner of House by JSD Designs in Lexington, which carries home accessories and offers interior and wedding design.
Rice estimated that as many as seven of the store's recent weddings have had orange in their color schemes.
"There have been some really interesting combinations: tangerine and burgundy and russet. It's really a way to update it."
But for your home?
"Pillows are always your friends," he says. "It's a way to not spend a fortune, and then you're not tied to an orange sofa."
Pick a fabric that bridges what you have — beige or taupe, say — with the orange that you want to add, maybe in a plaid or a floral print.
For orange on walls, van den Dool says, keep in mind colors throughout the house. "You want to make sure it all flows. It looks nice with a blue gray," or "even turquoise makes a good color combination." Consider adding the shade on one accent wall or in the pattern of a wall covering.
And flowers, silk or fresh, are a great way to add orange, said Rice, who suggested poppies, ranunculus and roses.
"They're almost a way to kind of cheat. They don't have to match the rest of your house, just shove them into the vase."