6 ways to add zesty orange to a room

Love orange but been too afraid to use it in your home? Check out these tempting decorating ideas

We all experience a sense of warmth from being surrounded by bright colour, yet too many of us shy away from using it in our homes. If you are a fan of orange, step out of the neutral palette comfort zone and embrace this vibrant hue. Here are some decorating ideas that could shake up your home’s interior for good.

1. Orange doesn’t have to be bright. This living room proves that with a warm hue you can create a comforting space filled with enveloping colour. Dark wood furniture will balance out the deep wash of colour and add an exotic Eastern feel. Team with some areas of neutral tones, for example on seating and flooring, to ensure the completed look feels inviting.

2. Pep up an existing neutral scheme by using orange as an accent colour. The simplest way to add it to a room is with cushion covers, but you could go one step further by investing in a statement rug, like this geometric design. Painting the skirting and door frame in orange will add a modern finishing touch.

3. If the term ‘colour-shy’ means nothing to you, you’ll love the striking combination of aubergine and bright orange. If you want to create a cozy, envloping environment, use a deep shade of purple on all walls and add in orange with accessories and upholstery. A little pattern, like this checked sofa, will break up all the areas of block colour.

4. Love uplifting brights? Don’t stop at orange – try using it in combination with other vibrant hues. This multicoloured floral wallpaper brings a dining room to life. Intersperse all the bright colour with white flooring and a white dining table, then pick out the shades in the wallpaper with a mix of chairs and a pendant light in the same colours.

5. Not sure what colours work with orange? An earthy shade works beautifully with a natural palette. Use a neutral colour on walls, then add in pebble-grey seating and lots of warm wooden furniture. Ikat prints and terracotta accessories will lend a global feel, while a few copper pieces will add a modern edge.

6. Give a grey scheme a mid-century look by adding some geometric pattern in artwork, cushion covers and rugs. Layer up subtle accents of yellow and teal, then add one standout orange piece, like this Fifties-style occasional chair, for high impact.

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