Erica's Essentials: ORANGE

Jonathan Adler said it best, "Never fear orange.  It is the most controversial of colors.  Used throughout a room, it can become surprisingly neutral, and yet it can be bright and mood-enhancing!"  I couldn't agree more.  

Since Pantone, the design authority on color, named Tangerine Tango the Color of the Year 2012, I thought it would be appropriate to start the year of Erica's Essentials off with my must-have pop of color!  Whether its persimmon, pumpkin or peach - Orange in any hue, speaks for itself.  Boldly giving a vivid, stimulating color blast while at the same time warmth - which is not always the case with red tones.  The complimentary color of blue (most people's go-to favorite), we forget that orange is also fun and enjoyable on the eye.  It remind us of tropical flowers in the Springtime, and pumpkin harvests in the Fall.  A pop of orange can ease decorating a room that just needs that one special, energizing element!

As you can see from photos throughout the blog, I don't shy away from bold color or impactful design elements.  But for some, it can be hard to work bright colors into a more neutral pallet, while avoiding the juvenile dorm-like atmosphere.  There is a fine line between bold and immature.  Don’t be afraid of injecting color to perk up your pad with just a few accents to start.  I'm sure you will start to feel the energy being juiced into your system, with just a little color of citrus!

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UPDATE: 3.28.2012

I was just out on my lunch break picking up my arsenal of beauty products, and I see that Sephora has developed an ORANGE CRUSH too!   They have teamed up with Pantone to celebrate the Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango, just like us here at StellaBella.  I am a little late to the game, there was already a pop-up shop in Chelsea last week, but hey I am just happy to see the color orange being celebrated!

La vita è bella,

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