That’s Orange to You!

Is there any other color that’s more ‘in your face’ than orange? I think not. Perhaps that’s why it had such a run in the sixties, not that I would know. πŸ˜‰

This little sitting room is located in a small restaurant in Washington that we sometimes stop at on our way to the coast. I was drawn to it immediately – hoping to stay a while and bask in my childhood. For we had an orange vinyl chair just like this when I was growing up – or was it leather?

I can see my big sister sitting in that chair in her candy striper uniform with a cat on her lap.

The orange was even darker and more striking than the couch below – though memories are often like that.

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Orange.

~ Susanne

36 Comments on “That’s Orange to You!

  1. Such a cute and colorful room! The sixties were great, even though I was quite young.

      • Yes, the TV that goes click click when you change the channel! The groovy colors! ☺️

      • That’s right! What, no remote? No computers, no internet. Just 8000 pound cars with gas guzzler powerplants. πŸ˜‚

  2. We had an orange chair too, although I think it was fabric. Oh, and that horrible orange and black carpet…we did NOT have that but I remember it…or was that the 70’s? Hard to say…

    • Hmmm… I have some vague memories of burnt orange shag carpet but can’t remember from which era. I also remember ugly green carpet from the 70’s and 80’s! πŸ˜‰

      • What we’re people thinking back then? My sister had a mobile home with the β€œSpanish” decor in the 70’s…it had the Halloween carpet (orange & black), dark paneling walls, lots of sconces and such…it was horrid! I thought so even back then! 🀣

  3. My parents had an orange fabric swivel chair in 1961. It didn’t match anything else, so mum bought some orange and white fibreglass curtains for the living room to set it off. Then they bought a black (fake) leather armchair that also swivelled, and it had a mustard colour cushion. Nothing matched! Seems hilarious now. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Wow, I can just imagine those curtains! πŸ˜‰ Did we even try to match furniture back then? I wish I had more pictures from those days, they’d be entertaining to look at and stir up memories!

  4. This is a lovely room. I have always loved orange although I didnΒ΄t have much of it in my house. My young daughter once commented on an orange couch in IKEA I was contemplating buying. She said, ” It reminds me of macaroni and cheese, cheap, orange and tasteless.” I laughed so hard.

    • That’s hilarious! I actually like orange and this little room too. 😊
      It’s funny how colors go in and out of style over time and define certain periods. This is definitely sixties.

  5. In the 70s, probably plastic because it was fairly new back then…at least for furniture. I love this photo πŸ˜€

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ It was fun to come across this little orange sitting room! These might be 70’s plastic. The orange chair from my childhood was from the sixties, and probably not leather as who could afford that? Maybe naugahyde, a word I had forgotten till now! πŸ™‚

  6. I love retro stuff and the color orange (though not to wear!). We just bought a house in Kingston…..the restaurant isn’t near there by any chance? I’d love to see that in person.

  7. Well, THAT takes me back! I was almost ateenager in 1960 when my mother splurged on a very expensive “Danish Modern” armchair for the living room. And the upholstery color was – yes! – that incredibly bright orange. It was quite the conversation piece before eventually “Danish Modern” fell out of style and the chair was relegated to offsite storage where it sat until just a few years ago, surrounded by boxes of, you know, “stuff” from the decades, stuff that similarly “fell out of style.” Imagine my surprise when the eventual garage sale brought buyers outbidding each other for the chair. Mom would have been pleased at the price that vintage chair fetched – because eventually the styles come around again and nostalgia is a powerful emotion. Thanks Susanne for your “orange essay” which brought back some great memories!

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