sweet life

by Grace Bonney

Everyone is going on and on about Pantone’s “Tangerine Tango” color predictions for this year. Apparently, it’s going to be all the rage. But bright orange has always been a favorite of mine (it inspired the D*S book cover), and I’m happy to have another excuse to embrace it in a big way. One of my favorite examples? This “Sheffield” wallpaper from Thibaut’s Sweet Life collection. The little blue boxes look so sweet against that electric pop of orange; it would look fantastic in a powder room or dressing room. I don’t have either of those in my home, but I can definitely see using this to wallpaper the inside of a closet. It has a certain “ladies room” quality that I love. Click here for more info and to place an order. xo, grace

*Imagine the shot above without all the frou frou accessories on the tabletop. The paper feels a lot cooler and more modern when it’s not pushed in a fancy-pants direction.

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  • Agree the vases and lamps make it a little over styled but I love the orange. Redoing a book case now with orange accents. This would be a perfect background to the shelving.

  • Love the tangerine too! This would look great as an accent to raised doors going into a closet or pantry as well in a traditional home. Or even in a frame, if you can’t afford all the blue and white porcelain pieces, then just to have a large piece in a frame would be beautiful.

  • This is the kind of wallpaper that had I seen it on a rack I would have immediately dismissed. And have missed out on such a beautiful print! I’m so impressed when someone has such a great eye for a specific look. And this room nails it!

  • I don’t actually mind the “fancy” stuff, but the ricrac trim on those lamps is almost unforgivably horrible… nice paper though.

  • Normally, I would think that matching the vases to the wallpaper would be too much -but it really works here. Love the wallpaper colors and the whimsical styling!! It’s a lot of fun mixed with great style!

  • I’m in the minority–I clicked through because I loved the styling of the ceramics AND the rickrack. I kind of love rickrack. Have I said too much?

  • Orange has already been big in 2011 in the UK – I got a nice polyresin orange truck from Areaware – even nicer in white.

    I thought blue was the new buzz colour for interiors and people are trying to push bright and lemon yellow over here.