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Etsomnia™ 244: Orange Isn’t the New Black


Etsom·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. The surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.) 3. An excuse for me to be an obnoxious, snarky New Yorker once per week.

I believe I have complained before how much I dislike the color orange. My childhood was largely spent in a succession of houses decorated in avocado, brown, orange, and yellow, and I’ve had a terrible opinion of all four colors ever since. I imagine it’s time to get over it, especially since I was pleasantly surprised at the number of non-atrocious orange items I found this week. Alright, orange, maybe I forgive you for being such an eyesore in my otherwise happy childhood.

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Kind of a fantastic assemblage, if that’s your thing. Ashtray by ModSquadPicking
Skeet earrings? Fine, but don’t come crying to me when some dummy shoots your head off…
Obviously, when I’m complaining about orange, I don’t mean Hermès orange. By Demaloner
Hideous. On the bright side, I’d probably lose weight because I wouldn’t want those things anywhere near my mouth…
I can admire the beauty of carnelian, even if it’s not my favorite color. By MoonLotusCrystals
I’d hide, too.
I like the look of this hanging ashtray, but I know that back when I was a smoker, I would have knocked into it, spilling the contents, constantly. Cool, though! By MSGEngineering
I remember these at a friend’s house when I was a kid.
“Donna, would you like something to drink?”
“No, thanks, Mrs. C.. I’ll just drink from the bottle.”
I admit it. This is gorgeous. By NameDesignStudio
To be fair, I’m not sure I’d like this in any color.
I’m a sucker for plastic-free glitter, even when it’s orange! By GlitterNymph
I sometimes wonder whether things like this were made to prank the color blind or to torture the rest of us.
This is so well done, I think even I could live with this stylish touch of orange in my house! By RedMoonStudioArt
This is actually making me a bit queasy. The pattern looks like vomit under a microscope.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

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31 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ 244: Orange Isn’t the New Black

  1. I rate orange as an accessory colour. It goes with the basics black, navy, grey and brown but that’s about it. Definitely not in kitchens and your photo puts me in mind of a 70s example in a friends’ place in Switzerland. It’s in mint condition still, but it’s still orange!

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  2. Harvest orange and avocado green are hideous, and yet I had a friend who wanted all orange countertops in his home when we were kids. He’s grown out of that, thank God. Only as an accent, and sparingly!

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  3. Orange? only the fruit please.

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  4. I’m with you on the color orange. Don’t like it at all!

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  5. Usually I do like orange and use it mostly as accessories, as it fit fine into my other clothe.
    I do remember the kitchens in colors like at your photo from the 1970. Old fashion and not my style either.
    The carnelian is always beautiful 😀

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  6. I am another who does not like orange (unless it is fruit related) and I have often wondered if it was because of all tbe brown and orange decor surrounding me in my 1970s childhood. Several of my preschool students have proclaimed that orange is their favourite colour probably precisely because they did not endure that interior design trauma.

    As an aside, thank you for bringing non-plastic glitter to my attention. I will need to investigate that. I don’t use glitter in my classroom but might reintroduce it if there is a more ethical option.

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  7. OH MY GAWD! I thought I was the only one with 70’s decor trauma. We had a vivid orange/green/brown striped couch that was a velvet material. We almost never sat on it, which is why the fabric didn’t wear out before I moved on to adulthood. (I may have joined the Army just to get away from the color spectrum.)

    As for the hanging ash tray, is there any chance it is a re-purposed bird feeder? Just a guess.

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  8. I agree with you on all of these except the Hermes and the glitter, neither of which I like because they’re orange. I think the only orange thing I can think of that I like is road cones.

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  9. There is a church on Vancouver Island in British Columbia where in a redecorating scheme the attempt was to get a kind of Tuscan feel. The walls were painted a kind of off-orange and the timbers of the roof were painted black. Unfortunately, the result in rainy, cool BC was less warm Tuscan than Tim Burton, and reminded me of Halloween.

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