Color Therapy: Orange Crush From Walls to Wear

While I might be hard pressed to work it into a rhyme, orange is a color that works pretty much everywhere. It’s a pleasant and positive hue that adds an air of warmth and playfulness to any room, outfit, or object. The “down to earth” one among its clique of bright and bold colors, orange never fails to catch your eye, but always in a welcoming, feel-good sort of way that doesn’t hog all the attention. In interior decor, orange can go modern or retro, bright or neutral. Whether you turn up the volume with a hot tangerine shade, go soft with a variation of peach, or keep it casual with a muted terracotta, you can make orange your own. The same goes for your closet too – orange accessories instantly energize an outfit, and donning orange apparel just makes you happy in a way that’s hard to replicate with other hues. If you’re looking for more ways to work this dynamic, energizing shade into your life, we’ve taken the liberty of sharing some of our favorites.


Photo by @katepearcevintage courtesy of Backdrop

Aperitivo Hour by Backdrop

Contrary to popular belief, orange walls don’t have to look like a Nickelodeon set. Backdrop’s Aperitivo Hour is an approachable, deep peachy orange shade that radiates warmth and good vibes. Use it as accent color in a predominantly neutral room, pair it with complementary cream or muted pink shades, or add depth with a bold, cool-toned hue.

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orange throw

Layers Blush + Citrine Throw by Happy Habitat

Inspired by colored glass and the iconic color field paintings of Josef Albers, this new Happy Habitat throw blanket is a great way to introduce orange into your space. Featuring layered stripes in blush pink, orange, and golden yellow tones on a creamy neutral base, the Layers Throw marries color and pattern to spruce up your couch or bedspread. Even better, it’s designed and made in the USA using a blend of plush upcycled cotton and recycled fibers for maximum coziness.

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grand tour watch

Grand Tour Dual-Time Orange Watch by Projects Watches

To add a pop of orange to your every day, look to Projects Watches’ burnt orange Grand Tour Watch. Inspired by renowned architect Michael Grave’s tour of the great European monuments, the Grand Tour Watch features a modern, rectangular shape with a dual time zone watch face, perfect for jetsetters on the go. The only thing we love more than the bold orange watch band are the baby blue clock hands that deliver the perfect contrast.

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hot mess candle

Hot Mess Candle by Anecdote Candles

Anecdote’s Hot Mess Candle spices up your space in more ways than one. First, the bold orange vessel label warms your coffee table or entryway. Then notes of cardamom, peppercorn, and pink berry seeds come together to diffuse a bright and fiery aroma throughout the space – for a fragrance that’s fun, tart, and totally unique.

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sun shower curtain

Sun Shower Honey Shower Curtain by Quiet Town

To bathe your bathroom in a warm, sunshine-y orange glow, look no further than Quiet Town’s best-selling Sun Shower Curtain. The heavyweight vinyl shower curtain can be used as a liner with any of the brand’s canvas curtains but use it on its own and you’ll marvel at the way it catches the natural light, creating an orange-tinted glow in your shower.

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issara tote

Structured Leather Tote by Issara

This Issara Tote is a timeless and luxe way to work orange into your wardrobe. Handcrafted using finely milled full grain leather, this tangerine orange tote has a roomy interior spacious enough for a 16” laptop, and two interior pockets for your phone and other essentials. Polished metal feet keep the base of the bag protected, and extendable side walls allow you to switch up your look whenever the mood strikes.

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cloud 9 clay mug

Wood Fired Tumbler by Cloud 9 Clay

Handmade and wood fired in Cloud 9 Clay’s Philly-based studio, this Wood Fired Tumbler stars tactile ridges and a mesmerizing hot orange gradient that makes your morning tea or matcha all the more special. Even more impressive, the tumbler’s seamless gradient glaze is hand painted, the circulating wood ash within the wood burning kiln giving it a dynamic, one-of-a-kind finish.

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sepia tumbler

Sepia Tumbler by KINTO

The warm amber tint on KINTO’s iconic Sepia collection strikes the perfect balance between retro and modern aesthetics. The tumbler’s gently curved shape and subtle pillared bottom make it comfortable to hold and a stylish addition to your kitchen cupboard. Whether you’re drinking hot coffee, iced tea, juice, or water – count on it being infinitely more enjoyable with the Sepia Tumbler in hand.

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orange pillow

Burnt Orange Layered Fringe Pillow by Jillian Rene Décor

Handcrafted to order by combining layers of linen fabric into fringed stripes, this burnt orange throw pillow brings a depth and boho texture to your couch, armchair, or bedspread. Use it as an accent pillow to add a splash of orange to a neutral space, or pair it with like-colored throws and decor for a satisfying mix of textures and a monochromatic moment.

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equo desk lamp

Equo Desk Lamp by Koncept

To bring the feel-good, playful energy of orange to your workspace, check out the Equo Desk Lamp. The sleek, ultra-modern (and award-winning) lamp features a counterweight design that allows you to effortlessly adjust its position with a light touch of a finger. Complete with a touch sensitive strip for easy dimming and light control, the architectural Equo Lamp immediately brightens up your office with its fun orange color.

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candle holder

Tall Sculptural Candle Holder by Extra&Ordinary Design

This curvy candle holder is a whimsical way to add a punch of orange to your home decor. Made by hand in Extra&Ordinary Design’s North London studio, this candle holder’s bright tangerine orange color brings instant personality to any room in the house. We recommend coupling it with an equally colorful tapered candle for added vibrance, but you can always style it solo as a sculptural statement too!

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lind sunglasses

Lind Sunglasses in Terra Orange by Carla Colour

New to the Design Milk Shop, these colorful shades pull inspiration from 1960s folk rock icon Bob Lind, fulfilling our retro folk fantasies. Round, dark orange frames and matching tinted lenses make these statement sunglasses the star of any outfit. Designed in Carla Colour’s New York studio and expertly crafted in Italy, these fashion-forward sunglasses are sure to be fast favorites.

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Alexa is commerce editor at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiancé Alex and retired greyhound, Phoebe. A longtime art and design enthusiast, Alexa’s first stops in any new city are the art museums. When she’s not writing about her favorite DM shop picks, she might be buried in a book, binging reality tv or adventuring around her city with her partner and pup.