Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lively Orange Bookshelves for Our Basement?

We are painting our basement built-in bookshelves, and I am thinking of color-matching the shelves to the current cream wall color OR a soft taupe color  (BM Greenbrier Beige, BM Bennington Gray?) with a bold orange for the interior for a splash of color...

Now, I just have to pick the paint color. Always a fun task! I am looking for a darker red-orange versus the lighter citrus-y orange hues. I am considering FB Charlotte's Locks 268, **SW Obstinate Orange, **SW Invigorate, SW Knockout Orange, SW Energetic Orange, BM Orange Blossom, BM Racing Orange 2169-10,  BM Rumba Orange, BM Dark Salmon, BM Pumpkin Cream 2168-20, BM Orange Nectar, BM Outrageous Orange, BM Orange Parrot, ** BM Festive Orange, BM Calypso Orange (too light), BM Orange Burst, BM Electric Orange, etc. but we shall see. (BM Corlsbud Canyon and SW Determined Orange are also very popular, more subdued oranges)...

Laurel Bern Interiors - An attempt to color-match the Hermes orange...

The following is a link to Laurel Bern Interiors Blog w some great examples or orange paint colors.


The first photo below is my favorite by far! I love the wonderful mix of bold colors with the lush grass green velvet sofa, slate blue walls, orange bookshelves, and large-scale pattern hide rug.  I also love the overall mix of traditional and modern textures and silhouettes. So many fantastic elements in this room!

Here are a few inspiration photos...

Chicago Home and Garden

Relish Small Pleasure

Decorating Ideas. Subtle American Patriotic Style Interior Living Space Design Ideas Featuring Vintage Blue Upholstered Armchairs with Orange Cushions, Twin Stainless Round Glass Top Side Tables, Ruby Red Back Paneling Wall Built-In Bookcases and Art Painting Centerpiece Fireplace Mantel Decoration. 4th of July American Patriotic Interior Decorations

Katie Ridder


Amy Cuker

Andrika King

Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Beverly Field

CMC Design Studio

Erin Sander Design

Photographer John Bedell

This Old House - Behr's Startling Orange

Kay Douglass

Real Simple

Lilly Bunn Interiors 

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