Orange falls between red and yellow on the light spectrum. Accordingly, orange evokes warmth, bringing sunsets, harvest festivals, and campfires to mind. In Eastern countries, orange has a strong association with scholarship and contemplation.
In Western nations, orange has associations with risk-taking and creativity, especially in the business community. Consequently, a startup might use orange decor to signal optimism and confidence. Similarly, orange works well in a contemporary home or outdoors.
In contrast, a more established company such as a bank might use area rugs with orange accents such as the Nourison Celestial Atlantic Rectangular Area Rug to appear less intimidating to new customers. Likewise, a colonial, Federal, or Cape Cod home might benefit from judicious use of orange rugs for living room use or in other rooms used for entertaining, such as an orange Persian rug in the family room.
For example, the combination of tan, burnt orange, and cream in the Surya Biscayne Rectangular Area Rug, for example, brings elegance and Old World charm to any home with historic architecture.
Just like large pieces of furniture, carpets and area rugs constitute a long-term commitment. Consequently, choose shades of orange that make you feel happy, spontaneous, and pleasant. Unfortunately, many of the brighter shades of orange can easily overpower small rooms.
In contrast, an orange outdoor rug like the Surya Boniface Rose/Lime Khaki Burnt Orange Mustard Aqua Round Area Rug or the equally dramatic Surya Harput Garnet/Dark Blue Saffron Burnt Orange Teal White Round Area Rug will both provoke instant conversations. Pair them with bamboo or rattan furniture for a less formal conversation area. Alternatively, flank either rug with lacquered side tables and a cushioned settee to create a Far East ambiance.
Select subdued shades of orange, such as cantaloupe or apricot, in a small sitting room, nook, or study. Then, carry the color upward from the floor by selecting a few accents such as pillows, vases, or draperies that match one of the orange shades from the area rug. The Surya Harput Saffron/Light Gray Charcoal Teal Dark Blue Garnet Burnt Orange Beige Round Area Rug provides an excellent example of subtly carrying color from floor to ceiling. Note the mirror frame, étagère, and floral accents in the room tie the flame tones together perfectly.
Orange stimulates appetite, so use orange kitchen rugs sparingly if you follow a strict diet. In contrast, an outdoor kitchen or barbecue area provides the perfect setting. For example, our Surya Alfresco Burnt Orange/Cream Rectangular Area Rug would complement a bistro table and chairs, especially paired with an umbrella and a freestanding tandoori oven.
If orange agitates you or anyone in your family, stick to smaller mats and short runners, making cleaning and seasonal changes easier.
Use a larger orange outdoor rug to define various spaces in your yard. Luxe Decor has round, rectangular, and oval rugs well-suited to outdoor entertaining. Use runners that combine orange with colors from each room that they connect. For example, an orange runner rug might also have pink, navy, or green tones within its design. A pink and orange rug might connect a bathroom with a bedroom, for example.
On the other hand, a navy and orange rug might work well on a Mediterranean-inspired patio. Halloween, of course, is the perfect time to place an orange and green rug on your front porch. When it comes to orange bath rugs, orange shag carpet provides ultimate comfort underfoot. A burnt orange area rug makes a perfect orange bathroom rug. Your blue and orange rug need not contain navy.
For example, orange sherbet with pale blue or lilac provides an understated yet elegant contrast in any bedroom. An orange and grey rug works well in a mudroom or on a porch or patio since it will hide dirt more efficiently.
When selecting a rug or carpet for the bedroom, stick to subdued shades of orange, such as sherbet, cantaloupe, apricot, peach, and cream. Bright orange's high energy could make sleep elusive. Traditional rugs such as our KAS Rugs Corinthian Ivory Fleur-De-Lis Area Rug or braided rugs like our Colonial Mills Rustic Oval Classic Area Rug permit you to use several shades of orange together, balanced by cream, blue or gray.
As a high-traffic area, your kitchen requires a rug that can take a literal beating. Keep your kitchen rugs small enough to fit into a commercial washing machine, or prepare to hang them outside regularly so that you can beat the dirt from them. Choose darker shades of orange combined with gray, black, brown, or dark blue, or soil will show. Our Tayse Rugs Nature Homespun Cabin Multi-color Runner, with its autumn leaves and duck, bear, and moose silhouettes, adds a touch of forest whimsy if you have a rustic kitchen.
Although shag rugs feel comfortable on bare feet, stick with flat weaves with a nonskid backing to avoid mold formation. Here at Luxe Decor, our Dalyn Studio Rectangular Paprika Area Rug has a rug pad to prevent slipping. The Dalyn company recommends blotting the rug with paper towels to remove water after use.
Confirm that you like the shades of orange in your selected rug. You might purchase a 64-count or larger box of crayons and a ream of white paper to test various shades of orange against your existing walls and floors. Otherwise, obtain color chip sample packs from paint stores. Mix and match similar values of orange with the current colors in your home and yard.
For more information about area rugs, including orange rugs, read LuxeDecor's Rug Buying Buying Guide for helpful information on rug construction, sizes, placement tips, and care.