03/12/2013 08:32 am ET Updated May 12, 2013

Jill Goldberg, Interior Designer Reveals The Secret To Using Orange At Home (PHOTOS)



A color I detested as a child due to the orange cave my mother's designer stuck me in.

It was the mid-'70s and my first introduction to the color orange was with wall-to-wall orange shag carpeting, glossy orange walls (and trim!), and a picture of a lion with his orange crown blowing in the wind. That lion haunts me to this day.

It was when I began shopping for my store Hudson a few years back that I started to notice something I had missed for so many years -- the beauty of this hue as a pop of color or a detail in a room, perhaps on a table or on a wall. Now mind you, the right shade is the most important factor.

My top choice is what I've dubbed "Hermes orange." I still haven't been able to pinpoint an exact color match, but this classic orange with its right amount of gray will forever be current and will never go out of style.

A tip: any color that has a grey background will stand the test of time. It's the grey that keeps it timeless. I find that as color has less grey in its mix, it can feel trendy and dated after a while.3

Orange can incorporate easily into a neutral space or even in a room full of color: A toss pillow on a drab sofa, a cashmere blanket thrown over the back of a lifeless leather chair, or something as small as a matchbox cover sitting in the middle of any tablescape.

So, go out today and grab something orange for your home! Just make sure you stay away from shaggy lions.

Jill Goldberg On Using Orange At Home

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