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I am starting off today's orange inspiration with a look at a fabulous dining space created by Marc Blackwell New York for DIFFA Dining by Design 2013. DIFFA is a wonderful organization raising funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS. Every March, in New York City, they host Dining by Design wherein designers create some of the most magical tablescapes. It is a must see, and all for a great cause! This event, like many other charity events that partner with designers, is wonderful source of inspiration as designers can really get creative. Rather than being limited by the reality or functionality of everyday living, they are creating works of art. Remember, these are not meant to be literally translated into the home, but meant to serve as a source of inspiration from which you can incorporate elements into your own spaces.

The vivid orange wall allows this phenomenal plate installation to stand out (more on my obsession with plate walls in a future post), and the orange is then repeated in the place setting and floral arrangement in the center of the table. The use of gold metallics in the stools and stemware enhances the warm feeling of the space. I am also obsessed with garden stools by the way.

[image taken by Chez Lissette]

This dining room, designed by Suzanne Kasler, is the perfect example of how orange can not only be traditional, but can also be incredibly elegant. The walls are done in a beautiful metallic wallcovering and the goblet pleated draperies in silk. The furnishings have traditional lines are are kept classic in warm wood tones and whites.

[image via Atlanta Homes & Lifetsyle]

Another traditional dining room, with the gorgeous de Gournay wallpaper, is given just the right amount of punch with these orange upholstered dining chairs in a contemporary silhouette. The turned legs on these chairs and on the table base are a nod to traditional elements, but the larger scale keeps them feeling current.

[image via Massucco Warner Miller]

This dining room is a fresh take on traditional with its black and orange color palette atop classic pieces and traditional architectural elements. The contemporary plaid (see my post on cool plaids) is the perfect choice for the upholstery. This space is bold, fun and a formal that is anything but stuffy.

[image via Lindsey Coral Harper]

I cannot find words to appropriately give this dining room justice. Designed by Steven Gambrel in a prewar apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side, the architecture alone is worthy of high praise, and all beautifully highlighted by the choice of paint application and hardware. This high gloss oval dining table in this vivd orange keeps the space from being too serious, and the overall vibe is a glamour that is not overt.

​[image via Elle Decor]

This dining space was designed by Jed Johnson Associates for the Designer Visions showhouse. Here we have a more mid-century vibe with the oval pedestal table and sputnik chandelier. Again we see wood tones and a mixture of metallic finishes that together create a warm and inviting energy.

[image via House Beautiful]

If you have a love for either bold, vibrant, contemporary, geometric, or all of the above, this is the dining room for you. I love how the orange is layered throughout the space. The use of high contrast black and white creates a strong graphic quality as does the mixtures of geometric patterns. So chic!

[image via Pinterest]

This beautiful breakfast room designed by Melanie Coodington has swayed even my opinion of orange cabinetry. It is so beautifully done! The warm wood tones compliment the orange hue, and, as repetition is so important in a space, I must point out the orange chair cushions. The white walls provide contrast and add a crispness to the space. (See more images from this kitchen on tomorrow's post!)

[image via House Beautiful]

A formal dining room designed by Chez Lissette many years ago for a wonderful client who loves color. The walls are a beautiful strie wallcovering, and the side chairs are upholstered in a rich burnt orange mottled leather for added texture and, of course, easy cleaning!

[image via Chez Lissette]

Tomorrow is all about orange in the kitchen. Be sure to check it out!


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