Are you staring at your orange wood floors, wondering if you accidentally stepped into a time machine and landed in a 1970s sitcom? Fear not! Orange wood doesn’t mean your style has to be outdated or bland. Today, I’ll share four practical tips to harmonize your orange floors with the rest of your home’s decor.

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With its vibrant hues and warm tones, orange wood brings life and energy to any space. It isn’t just “wood that’s orange.” It’s warm, it’s rich, and yes, it’s boldly orange.

But that’s not a bad thing! It’s all about balance and making bold choices that turn heads for the right reasons. But it can also be a bit of a puzzle when decorating.

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Understanding Orange Floors

Almost all old floors, regardless of the wood type, have an orangy/golden tinge. That’s because most of the top-coat products had a yellow undertone, and the floors turned orangy with age.

Around 1990, most manufacturing companies changed their formulae to prevent floors from turning orange. 

Orange you happy they did?

The Psychology of Orange

Colors influence mood and perception. Orange – a blend of red’s passion and yellow’s joy – can make spaces feel more inviting. When paired wisely in interior design, it can transform a room from ‘meh’ to ‘wow’!

Back in the day, orange was all about warmth, harvest vibes, and fall feels. Artists and fashionistas rocked it for its lively energy. Plus, orange was like the poster child for spirituality and creative mojo in many cultures. Egyptians and Persians were all over it, loving its vivid pop and sunny vibes. 

Even in the Renaissance, artists cherished orange hues to add cozy depth to their masterpieces.

Tip 1: Choosing The Correct Paint Colors

I aim to tone down the orange on the floors so they read more neutral.

You’re eyeing those orange floors, wondering how to make them less…screamy. Enter the color wheel – your frenemy in design.

Sure, it preaches about complementary colors being a match made in heaven, but let’s get real. This is your home, not a kindergarten classroom.

So, here’s the deal: To mellow out the orange zest underfoot, we’re curating a vibe. Forget about looking into the opposite spectrum. Instead, think about colors that whisper sweet nothings to orange.

Think elegant creams that carry just a hint of orange’s DNA. They don’t scream for attention but subtly nod to the floors, creating a harmonious space that feels intentional and chic.

And because I’m all about sharing those secret designer tips, here are my go-to paint pals for taming the orange tiger: Benjamin Moore’s Navajo White OC-95 and Sherwin Williams’ Casa Blanca SW7571.

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Can you envision your space bathed in these sophisticated shades, where the floors don’t fight for attention but gracefully complement the room’s overall vibe? That’s the kind of harmony we’re aiming for.

Now, check out these spaces, where orange floors and warm walls live together perfectly. Notice how the light dances differently, creating an inviting and serene ambiance.

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Remember, your home’s design is like a personal signature – unique, expressive, and undeniably you. Let’s make those orange floors work for you!

Tip 2: Furniture Colors

You’ve got these bold, orange floors underfoot, shouting for attention. But then, like a design superhero, you bring in the right furniture, and suddenly, the floors aren’t screaming, “Look at me!”. In the room I’m visualizing, the orange hue of the floor subtly plays a supporting role, thanks to the meticulously chosen decor that tones down the orange.

A large cognac-colored sofa will relate beautifully to the floors while updating your space – style and sophistication.

A rich ochre velvet sofa is also a stunning choice. It says, “Yes, I know how to work with orange, and I look fabulous doing it.”

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Updating your space? Let’s talk teak or other light-toned woods for accent chairs. They bring in that effortless West Coast cool, marrying it with the warmth of your floors.

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The secret sauce? Harmony. When your furniture shares a color story with your floors, it creates a chicness that feels intentional and inviting.

So, whether you’re deciding on that perfect sofa or picking out an accent chair that says “just right,” remember, a well-chosen piece of furniture bridges your vision and the vibrant canvas of orange floors beneath your feet.

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Tip 3: Embrace Contrasting Wall Colors

But suppose you have a colored sofa, like a blue-gray, teal, or tan one? Ah… here’s where we make a splash with contrasting wall colors that converse, complement, and contrast in all the right ways.

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Check out these two green rooms above and below. They both embrace furniture with wood tones that nod respectfully to your orange floors. But it’s not just about the wood—it’s the upholstery, the texture, and the color that pulls the look together. Even if the wood said, “Nope, not playing along,” the upholstery and those bold walls would still give the feel of effortless chic.

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This isn’t a one-trick pony show. With the right backdrop, almost any sofa color can become a star. The secret? Choosing wall colors that speak to your furniture sets the stage for a room where every element, from the floor to the ceiling, feels like it belongs.

So, whether you’re team vibrant or team subdued, let your walls do the talking. Make them a canvas for your design dreams, creating spaces as unique as you are

Tip 4: Accessorize Wisely

The easiest way to embrace your orange floors is with decorating.
Accessorizing is your secret weapon. It’s like the perfect piece of jewelry for your evening dress—subtle yet transformative.

Rugs, pillows, vases, trays, bowls, sculpture, art, lighting – they all play a part in the room’s finishing touches.

Below are a few examples of items to consider working with the color orange.

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A Touch of British Charm

Let’s channel some British flair inspired by two designers from my design school days.

Maureen has a knack for breathing new life into Victorian homes. She shows us that even the oldest orange floors can be modernized without losing their soul. It’s all about embracing history with a twist of now.

I love to install floors or refurbish wood floors that look original to the building. Dark mahogany and oak tones can add so much character. --Maureen Gomez

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On the other hand, Laura is our go-to for fearless color and pattern mixing. She proves that bold and large doesn’t mean overwhelming. In fact, it means character.

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Remember that your home is a vibrant reflection of who you are. Embrace the power of color, texture, and your unique flair to transform orange floors from a design dilemma into the heartbeat of your decor.

Every choice you make, from bold accessories to contrasting colors, weaves a piece of your story into the fabric of your home.

If you ever need a helping hand unlocking your space’s full potential, don’t hesitate to contact me for a personalized design consultation. Get on my calender.

Together, we can create a space that not only stands out but also speaks to you.

Keep Dancing, Darlene