Mango: Orange for the Rest of Us

Mango: Orange for the Rest of Us

I have never actually made friends with orange. I tried hard when it became the new darling of the plan world a decade ago, but we just couldn’t find common ground. (Maybe, had an Herm├Ęs box entered the picture, our relationship may have blossomed.)

Now, however, I think I have discovered a shade I will live with: mango. It’s all the presence and warmth of true orange, nevertheless it does not shout or overwhelm its environment. And while it’s subdued, it’s still strong enough not to read as peach (a hue with which I definitely will never get along). If, like me, you have been reluctant to learn more about the orange side of life, be conscious of those 10 ideas for taking that first step.

Tobi Fairley Interior Design

This lovely sitting area represents mango at its best. The upholstered slipper seat commands the setting in an elegant, suave fashion, balanced with the peaceful white and gray notes in the space. The art picks up just enough of the orange hue to earn the look feel coherent.

Mercedes Corbell Design + Architecture

Teal blue and mango represent a contemporary interpretation of the traditional orange and blue color pairing. Because the orange hue in this space is tender, and the teal is so strong, the room reads as gloomy — mango is merely a supporting player.

Tali Hardonag Architect

Here’s a similar spin on blue and orange, together with the proportions reversed. The blue helps to tone down the wall shade and keep it from feeling cloying, and produces a type of reverse focal point.

The Couture Rooms

Small accents are a great way to try out any color you’re uncertain about committing to. A set of stools under this console table sparks the quiet scene, and they’re a breeze to swap out when you tire of this shade. I love that peekaboo ring of mango within the pendant, too, which absolutely makes the room.

Mark English Architects, AIA

If you’re ready to take the full plunge into orange, then this kitchen signifies one approach to go there without tripping it. The mango hue of the cabinetry certainly is not for shrinking violets, but it’s not quite as loud as tangerine or safety-cone orange would be.

One great strategy for cutting down the high degree of orange: Pair it with pink. Sweet strawberry combined with a mango-colored headboard and carpet give the bedroom the lightness of a bowl of sorbet.

Rebekkah Davies Interiors + Design

Against the strong patterns and showy accents in this space, the sinuous lamp may have gotten lost if it were not in such a bold shade. The cherry foundation brings just enough attention to highlight those gorgeous curves.

Cloaked in orange, this room simply glows. The mango hue is like a little piece of sunset, regardless of the time of day. An Oriental rug grounds the wall paint and makes it feel conventional, which adds an inherently softer mien.

Alan Mascord Design Associates Inc

A mango-hued dining table and benches not only incorporate a stroke of color to an all-white kitchen, but they also help pull the gaze toward the magnificent view outside. Patios, porches and other outdoor rooms could be perfect areas for road testing bold colours — the pure brightness of the sun and the vibrant greens of foliage dilute their impact.

Winder Gibson Architects

A mango coverlet folded at the end of the bed, paired with a coordinating side seatup pumps what could have been a dull bedroom.

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