Tangy yellows and zesty oranges add fresh-squeezed style to any interior or exterior space.
1 of 20Photo: Carmel Brantley; Stylist: Linda Hirst
Color the Room Cheerful
This tangerine terrace in Florida, designed by Franco Biscardi, holds its own against the bright blue sea below. Balconies and outdoor rooms are prime spots to introduce vivid, fun colors such as orange, which pairs as well with nature’s big, bold hues as it does with more neutral, natural shades.
2 of 20Photo: Annie Schlechter; Stylist: Liz Strong
Play with Shapes and Stripes
In brilliant hues like these, even small decorative elements can pack a big punch. Whimsical watercolor paintings punctuate the fresh white wall of Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Ryan’s Hamptons home.
Use a combination of bright oranges, happy yellows, and zippy pinks to create a sunset you can enjoy without ever stepping outside. This Stone Harbor, New Jersey, beach house, designed by Michael Murphy, feels "like the colors of the sky are being pulled into the house, like you are standing in rays of light," he says.
4 of 20Photo: Eric Piasecki
Take it Outside
Warm up cool outdoor spaces with rich mustard tones. The deep yellows of the patterned seat cushions and accent pillows spice up the simple white frame of this cabana, designed by Carrier and Company.
5 of 20Photo: Peter Murdock
Catch Some Rays
This New Jersey porch, designed by Michael Murphy, takes its color cues from the sun.
Pops of lively orange, yellow, and pink seem right at home on sun-kissed days at the beach.
6 of 20Jeff McNamara
These bright shades aren’t for the faint of heart. Bring sunny hues into your home and celebrate summer all year. Keep it simple. Walls painted a bold citrus color allow you to decorate with just a few understated pieces.
7 of 20Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Accent neutral walls with art in warm hues. Architectural elements (window mullions, stair treads, door trim) coated in glowing orange will create similar drama.
8 of 20Sara Gray
Keep on the Sunny Side
Choose a sunny shade for your home’s exterior and you’ll feel warm rays even after the fog sets in.
9 of 20Jean Allsopp
Don’t forget the details. If mandarin oranges and lemon yellows seem too brash for an entire exterior, try using them as accents. For contrast, incorporate icy blue into your citrus palette. Situated across the color wheel, the complementary hue balances hotter tones.
10 of 20Colleen Duffley
Tame a vibrant palette with woven furniture and rugs made from natural materials such as sisal, sea grass, and jute.
11 of 20Jean Allsopp
Try a buttery yellow on upholstery for a quieter citrus scheme. It radiates warmth without the shock factor of a neon tint.
12 of 20Steven Brooke
Add a twist of lime to your color scheme. Fabrics in the cheerful hue punch up wood or wicker furnishings.
13 of 20Sara Gray
Give weathered wood a citrus kick. The vibrant colors will counterbalance the aged look and give it a spirited feel.
14 of 20Jeff McNamara
Wake up a sleepy bedroom with a coat of bold orange paint. White linens and draperies will balance the bright color, providing simple, soothing contrast.
15 of 20Shelley Metcalf
Mix It Up
Use striped fabrics to introduce citrus to a room. The pattern makes a playful statement.