Coastal Colors: Citrus

Tangy yellows and zesty oranges add fresh-squeezed style to any interior or exterior space.


Jeff McNamara

Decorate Sparingly

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.

orange-sign-over chest

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Hightlight Assets

Accent neutral walls with art in warm hues. Architectural elements (window mullions, stair treads, door trim) coated in glowing orange will create similar drama.

Citrus waterfront house

Sara 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.


Jean Allsopp

Detail Oriented

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.


Colleen Duffley

Natural Calm

Tame a vibrant palette with woven furniture and rugs made from natural materials such as sisal, sea grass, and jute.


Jean Allsopp

Light Bright

Try a buttery yellow on upholstery for a quieter citrus scheme. It radiates warmth without the shock factor of a neon tint.


Steven Brooke

Green Splash

Add a twist of lime to your color scheme. Fabrics in the cheerful hue punch up wood or wicker furnishings.

Screened porch with green trim

Sara Gray

Fresh Start

Give weathered wood a citrus kick. The vibrant colors will counterbalance the aged look and give it a spirited feel.

Bedroom with orange walls and white twin beds

Jeff McNamara

Orange Slice

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.

Mix It Up

Shelley Metcalf

Mix It Up

Use striped fabrics to introduce citrus to a room. The pattern makes a playful statement.


No-Fail Citrus #1

Blissful Orange by Martin Senour Paints


No-Fail Citrus #2

Morning Sunrise by Valspar


No-Fail Citrus #3

Goldfinch by Ralph Lauren


No-Fail Citrus #4

Golden City by Ace


No-Fail Citrus #5

Empire Yellow by Behr

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