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Halloween

Decorate your home with orange and black for Halloween and year-round.

Turn your home into a spellbinding and hauntingly beautiful house this Halloween and all year-round. The color combination of orange and black isn’t singularly reserved for October 31. Let the hues inspire your home’s interior.

Black and Orange Interiors

The pairing of black and orange has a rich history full of tradition. These colors trace back 2,000 years to the Celts, who occupied what is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France.

As life in that time revolved around food and the harvest, the Celts considered the end of the harvest season to be the end of the year. So each year on the date which in today’s Gregorian calendar system is October 31st, the Celts celebrated New Year’s Eve with a festival called “Samhain,” also known as the Festival of the Dead.

Samhain marked the end of the harvest, the end of the “lighter half” of the year and beginning of the “darker half.” It was traditionally celebrated over the course of several days. History tells us that the unbleached beeswax candles used in the various ceremonies of the festival were orange, while the ceremonial caskets were covered in black cloths.

The Celts believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain; because some animals and plants were dying, it thus allowed the dead to reach back through the veil that separated them from the living.

People and their livestock would often walk between two bonfires as a cleansing ritual, and the bones of slaughtered livestock were cast into its flames.

The Celtic custom of wearing costumes and masks, was an attempt to copy the spirits or placate them. Samhnag — turnips which were hollowed-out and carved with faces to make lanterns — were also used to ward off harmful spirits.

The colors black and orange are an obvious choice to celebrate this holiday, not only because of the traditions they are rooted in, but also because they are reflected in nature during this time of year. The orange colors of the changing leaves and the harvest, and the black of night as daylight hours become shorter and shorter.

These colors can be replicated throughout your home in modern and stylish ways. How would you pair the two colors? See our favorites below!

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Author: ColorGuild

As a child, Halloween meant candy, dressing up in costume and staying up past my bedtime to go Trick-or-Treating. But now, as an adult, it’s the rich history of the holiday that fascinates me. Halloween originate in a time of superstition, magic, reverence for the dead and Celtic tradition – elements that have come together to create hauntingly beautiful holiday from which to draw design inspiration!

 

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

 

History tells us that to commemorate the event, the Celts wore costumes and the unbleached beeswax candles used in the various ceremonies of the festival were orange in color, while the ceremonial caskets were covered in black cloths.

 

Over time, the holiday evolved and spread throughout the world. It has become more commonly associated with things like Jack-O-Lanterns, bags of candy and scary costumes but you can still see elements of the holiday’s origins in modern decor. From the use of orange and black to the dark and mysterious aesthetic, here are some of our favorite  Halloween-inspired rooms.

Apartment Therapy

Elle decor

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Ciolino House by Greg Natale

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~Melanie Gibbs via Color Guild