Orange walls are a perfect antidote to grey winter days, so it isn’t a surprise that designer Kit Kemp chose the brightening hue to cover this suite’s walls in London’s Charlotte Street Hotel. Wouldn’t it be so nice to come home from a rainy day in London to this cheery space?
The trouble with orange, however, is that it is a very tricky color to get right. Too bright and it is totally overstimulating. Too dark and it just gives off a bad 70s vibe. Too muted and it feels like a Florida retirement community. But here, the hue is just right and is actually fabric not paint (Osbourne & Little’s Sakura Linen), which gives the walls wonderful texture.
Even though the walls are the perfect shade of orange, they still need to be balanced out with more neutral hues to keep the look modern. A beige and cream striped fabric called Sante Fe Stripe from J. Robert Scott covers the sofa, bed, and chairs. If you like the fabric, Thom Filicia’s Rugby stripe in hemp for Calico Corners, below, has a similar feel.