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Decorating with Halloween Hues

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How do you like this picture of me and my collection of orange Hermes boxes?! Fitting for the season, I think. To supplement, I've collected some images of stunning orange and black decorating schemes that I think you're going to enjoy. Lots of these offer inspiration for seasonal decorating that can actually be kept around long after the holidays.

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A single bright orange element draws similar hues out of a tortoise-shell wall element. The bold stripes on the zebra bench accentuate this statement. (www.designsponge.com)

1 A single bright orange element draws similar hues out of a tortoise-shell wall element. The bold stripes on the zebra bench accentuate this statement. (www.designsponge.com)

The leather on this chair is bright and earthy all at once. The tint of the file cabinet and other wooden pieces keep the orange leather from feeling stark. (www.bodieandfou.com)

2 The leather on this chair is bright and earthy all at once. The tint of the file cabinet and other wooden pieces keep the orange leather from feeling stark. (www.bodieandfou.com)

The dark walls and slate flooring here provide a perfect canvas for mauves and sunset oranges. (www.designsponge.com)

3 The dark walls and slate flooring here provide a perfect canvas for mauves and sunset oranges. (www.designsponge.com)

The simple copper lining of this lighting fixture resonates against dark room elements in the same room. (www.designsponge.com)

4 The simple copper lining of this lighting fixture resonates against dark room elements in the same room. (www.designsponge.com)

Black pieces are softened with the addition of gray tones and natural, orange wheat clusters. (http://www.dearlillieblog.blogspot.com)

5 Black pieces are softened with the addition of gray tones and natural, orange wheat clusters. (http://www.dearlillieblog.blogspot.com)

Navy blue bookcases are emboldened with sets of vintage hardback books in all ranges of oranges, browns, blues and reds. The linen furniture keeps the composition comfy. (www.domesticbliss.com)

6 Navy blue bookcases are emboldened with sets of vintage hardback books in all ranges of oranges, browns, blues and reds. The linen furniture keeps the composition comfy. (www.domesticbliss.com)

Clean white bedding keeps these woody oranges from being too overwhelming. (www.designsponge.com)

7 Clean white bedding keeps these woody oranges from being too overwhelming. (www.designsponge.com)

An orange-tiled rug and bone-white wall hangings add subtle seasonal spook. (www.decorpad.com)

8 An orange-tiled rug and bone-white wall hangings add subtle seasonal spook. (www.decorpad.com)

If you're comfortable with bright paints, go all out! With orange, entryways that offer good light allow multiple shades to meld gently. (www.designsponge.com)

9 If you're comfortable with bright paints, go all out! With orange, entryways that offer good light allow multiple shades to meld gently. (www.designsponge.com)

A statement-making orange fabric can be used for temporary and permanent decorations. A new set of pillows, a table runner, and window treatments can all me rotated seasonally or worked into existing arrangements. (www.calicocorners.com)

10 A statement-making orange fabric can be used for temporary and permanent decorations. A new set of pillows, a table runner, and window treatments can all me rotated seasonally or worked into existing arrangements. (www.calicocorners.com)

Unexpected bursts of pink and red keep this room from being too theme-y to last past the holidays. (www.houzz.com)

11 Unexpected bursts of pink and red keep this room from being too theme-y to last past the holidays. (www.houzz.com)

Something as simple as a sheath of corkboard and some strategic pushpinned cutouts can transform a whole wall! (www.theselby.com)

12 Something as simple as a sheath of corkboard and some strategic pushpinned cutouts can transform a whole wall! (www.theselby.com)

This punchy clock could be donned with a pumpkin-stem for instant Halloween hours. (www.flickr.com)

13 This punchy clock could be donned with a pumpkin-stem for instant Halloween hours. (www.flickr.com)

The contrast of dark black elements brings out the orange of wood, especially in a season of those colors. Make the most of woods you have in place by framing them with black additions. (www.theselby.com)

14 The contrast of dark black elements brings out the orange of wood, especially in a season of those colors. Make the most of woods you have in place by framing them with black additions. (www.theselby.com)

I love the industrial base of the wooden coffee table. The geometric rug pattern is also fantastic. (www.decorpad.com)

15 I love the industrial base of the wooden coffee table. The geometric rug pattern is also fantastic. (www.decorpad.com)

This room looks like a bouquet of fall flowers to me. The leafy pattern on that wall is so expressive!

16 This room looks like a bouquet of fall flowers to me. The leafy pattern on that wall is so expressive!

A strand of burnt-orange velvet ribbon makes for an easy silverware holder. (www.mydesigndump.blogspot.com)

17 A strand of burnt-orange velvet ribbon makes for an easy silverware holder. (www.mydesigndump.blogspot.com)

Just a reminder that candles glow in orange! Hints of a twinkling lights tucked in a centerpiece will add mysterious allure to your Halloween decorations. (www.stylemepretty.com)

18 Just a reminder that candles glow in orange! Hints of a twinkling lights tucked in a centerpiece will add mysterious allure to your Halloween decorations. (www.stylemepretty.com)

Eerie branches can be culled in a range of Halloween colors, or they can be spray-painted to work with your existing decor. Gnarly, twisting twigs have that ghoulish elegance to them inherently. (www.pinterest.com)

19 Eerie branches can be culled in a range of Halloween colors, or they can be spray-painted to work with your existing decor. Gnarly, twisting twigs have that ghoulish elegance to them inherently. (www.pinterest.com)

A piece of artwork can transform the whole slant of a designed space. Abstract pieces with rich hues make a quick impression. (www.decorpad.com)

20 A piece of artwork can transform the whole slant of a designed space. Abstract pieces with rich hues make a quick impression. (www.decorpad.com)

Be creative with your pumpkin carving this year! Green and white pumpkin varietals are often still orange inside, so make the most of shaving down designs without all the effort of excavating seeds. (www.pinterest.com)

21 Be creative with your pumpkin carving this year! Green and white pumpkin varietals are often still orange inside, so make the most of shaving down designs without all the effort of excavating seeds. (www.pinterest.com)

This breezy geometric window treatment splashes color and texture in a pinch. (www.decor8blog.com)

22 This breezy geometric window treatment splashes color and texture in a pinch. (www.decor8blog.com)

A cluster of macabre plates makes a statement on a tinted wall. (www.pinterest.com)

23 A cluster of macabre plates makes a statement on a tinted wall. (www.pinterest.com)

Orange roses are gorgeous to cluster or tuck in other arrangements. (www.stylemepretty.com)

24 Orange roses are gorgeous to cluster or tuck in other arrangements. (www.stylemepretty.com)

These wall decals are poignant or eerie, depending on how you use them. (www.urbanoutfitters.com)

25 These wall decals are poignant or eerie, depending on how you use them. (www.urbanoutfitters.com)

Blankets and pillows are especially important in this season, so color-coordinate with your room accessories. (www.cococozy.com)

26 Blankets and pillows are especially important in this season, so color-coordinate with your room accessories. (www.cococozy.com)

For an ultra-mod look, keep whites bold and lines graphic. Mixing in oranges and blacks to a very clean canvas will ensure bursts of color. (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/)

27 For an ultra-mod look, keep whites bold and lines graphic. Mixing in oranges and blacks to a very clean canvas will ensure bursts of color. (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/)

The gentle lines of this creamy orange headboard support a Halloween tint that is plush and sleek. (www.linihome.blogspot.com)

28 The gentle lines of this creamy orange headboard support a Halloween tint that is plush and sleek. (www.linihome.blogspot.com)

The marbled finish on these dining chairs incorporates multiple hues from the room. Remember that natural patterns often contain colors that can bring together brighter pieces. (www.decorpad.com)

29 The marbled finish on these dining chairs incorporates multiple hues from the room. Remember that natural patterns often contain colors that can bring together brighter pieces. (www.decorpad.com)

What are your favorite ways to work Halloween colors into your decor?

Inspiration: Chocolate!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

My palette for the holiday had one inspiration alone...chocolate!

The colors I picked for this modern Valentine's Day palette include the milkiest white chocolate to the darkest bittersweet -- accented, naturally, with rosy pinks.

The following paint colors are swatches from the Martha Stewart Living paint collection at The Home Depot: Magnolia Grandiflora (MSL003), Rose Quartz (MSL008), Lupine Pink (MSL010), Bay Colt (MSL222), and Silhouette (MSL280).

The following colors are from the Martha Stewart Living paint collection at The Home Depot (left to right): Magnolia Grandiflora (MSL003), Rose Quartz (MSL008), Lupine Pink (MSL010), Bay Colt (MSL222), Silhouette (MSL280).

I chose some of my favorite desserts from the February issue of Martha Stewart Living and paired them with rooms that are brimming with the same milk, dark, and white chocolate.

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Dark-, milk-, and white-chocolate ice pops (Martha Stewart Living)

1 Dark-, milk-, and white-chocolate ice pops (Martha Stewart Living)

A deliciously dark wall. (Martha Stewart Living)

2 A deliciously dark wall. (Martha Stewart Living)

A trio of hot cocoas.(Martha Stewart Living)

3 A trio of hot cocoas.(Martha Stewart Living)

This deep wall color is beautifully accentuated with crisp white moldings. (Martha Stewart Living)

4 This deep wall color is beautifully accentuated with crisp white moldings. (Martha Stewart Living)

A truffle-topped chocolate cake. (marthastewart.com)

5 A truffle-topped chocolate cake. (marthastewart.com)

I love the combination of the plum-colored upholstery with this wall color. (Martha Stewart Living)

6 I love the combination of the plum-colored upholstery with this wall color. (Martha Stewart Living)

Adorable cut-out marshmallow hearts floating on rich hot chocolate. (marthastewart.com)

7 Adorable cut-out marshmallow hearts floating on rich hot chocolate. (marthastewart.com)

An equally rich paneled room. (marthastewart.com)

8 An equally rich paneled room. (marthastewart.com)

Molten bittersweet chocolate cake. (Martha Stewart Living)

9 Molten bittersweet chocolate cake. (Martha Stewart Living)

Warm tones of brown envelop this room. (marthastewart.com)

10 Warm tones of brown envelop this room. (marthastewart.com)

Mocha semifreddo with hot milk foam. (Martha Stewart Living)

11 Mocha semifreddo with hot milk foam. (Martha Stewart Living)

A fresh and beautiful cafe au lait palette. (marthastewart.com)

12 A fresh and beautiful cafe au lait palette. (marthastewart.com)

The silver pieces and Venetian mirrored frame pair gracefully with the dark wall. (marthastewart.com)

13 The silver pieces and Venetian mirrored frame pair gracefully with the dark wall. (marthastewart.com)

Martha's Lily Pond Lane library is the perfect shade of brown. (marthastewart.com)

14 Martha's Lily Pond Lane library is the perfect shade of brown. (marthastewart.com)

Chocolate creme brulee. (Martha Stewart Living)

15 Chocolate creme brulee. (Martha Stewart Living)

Another room in Martha's Lily Pond Lane home that shows how a dark shade can look fantastic in a summery setting. (marthastewart.com)

16 Another room in Martha's Lily Pond Lane home that shows how a dark shade can look fantastic in a summery setting. (marthastewart.com)

Baked Alaska with chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

17 Baked Alaska with chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

This room illustrates how combining different shades of brown can create a stunning end result. (Ansom Smart)

18 This room illustrates how combining different shades of brown can create a stunning end result. (Ansom Smart)

Another example of the combination of dark chocolate and creamy tones. (thedecorista.com)

19 Another example of the combination of dark chocolate and creamy tones. (thedecorista.com)

Chocolate creme brulee frozen sandwiches. (Martha Stewart Living)

20 Chocolate creme brulee frozen sandwiches. (Martha Stewart Living)

A sette in the shade of carmeralized sugar. (citified.blogspot.com)

21 A sette in the shade of carmeralized sugar. (citified.blogspot.com)

A set of caramel dining chairs surround a glossy white table. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

22 A set of caramel dining chairs surround a glossy white table. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

Milk-chocolate sofa against a white backdrop. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

23 Milk-chocolate sofa against a white backdrop. (cocokelley.blogspot.com)

Hot fudge over vanilla ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

24 Hot fudge over vanilla ice cream. (Martha Stewart Living)

A white-chocolate room. (Designed by Tom Scheerer)

25 A white-chocolate room. (Designed by Tom Scheerer)

If you are hesitant to paint a space in brown, here are some great options to bring this beautiful neutral into your home.

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Biscayne Tray (zgallerie.com)

1 Biscayne Tray (zgallerie.com)

Personalized Chocolate Square Stickers (laylagrace.com)

2 Personalized Chocolate Square Stickers (laylagrace.com)

Chocolate Femme Vase (wshome.com)

3 Chocolate Femme Vase (wshome.com)

Laduree Chocolate Orange Perfumed Candle (openingceremony.com)

4 Laduree Chocolate Orange Perfumed Candle (openingceremony.com)

Ivory Cashmere Throw (piecesinc.com)

5 Ivory Cashmere Throw (piecesinc.com)

White Bamboo Loveseat (piecesinc.com)

6 White Bamboo Loveseat (piecesinc.com)

Hayden Table Lamp (rhbabyandchild.com)

7 Hayden Table Lamp (rhbabyandchild.com)

Thai Silk Coffee Banded Drapery (restorationhardware.com)

8 Thai Silk Coffee Banded Drapery (restorationhardware.com)

Martha Stewart Living Thermal Tweed Drapery Panel (homedepot.com)

9 Martha Stewart Living Thermal Tweed Drapery Panel (homedepot.com)

Brown Mansard Rug (jonathanadler.com)

10 Brown Mansard Rug (jonathanadler.com)

Sawhorse Cocktail Table (jonathanadler.com)

11 Sawhorse Cocktail Table (jonathanadler.com)

Zig Zag Pillow in Brown (wellappointedhouse.com)

12 Zig Zag Pillow in Brown (wellappointedhouse.com)

Martha Stewart Living Wayfarer Rug (homedecorators.com)

13 Martha Stewart Living Wayfarer Rug (homedecorators.com)

Brown Velvet and Gold X Stool (wellappointedhouse.com)

14 Brown Velvet and Gold X Stool (wellappointedhouse.com)

Martha Stewart Living Harmony Stripe Tobacco Leaf Wool Area Rug (homedepot.com)

15 Martha Stewart Living Harmony Stripe Tobacco Leaf Wool Area Rug (homedepot.com)

Taupe Porcelain Table Lamp (wellappointedhouse.com

16 Taupe Porcelain Table Lamp (wellappointedhouse.com

Martha Stewart Living Crysanthamum Rug in Coffee/Sand. (homedepot.com)

17 Martha Stewart Living Crysanthamum Rug in Coffee/Sand. (homedepot.com)