How to decorate with yellow and orange

Fruity tones of oranges and lemons are the starting point for refreshing decorating schemes from Country Homes and Interiors. For more country-style decorating ideas and inspiration, visit

This wallpaper has a striking trailing-leaf design in autumnal tangerine. Bring in artwork in complementary colours to add personality to your scheme.

1/10 Floral trail wallpaper

floral trail wallpaper

(Image credit: Future PLC/Spike Powell)

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Kathryn Ireland

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Betty Boyns

2/10 Bright bedroom

bright and cheerful bedroom

(Image credit: FuturePLC/Spike Powell)

Choose bold floral combinations and feature wallpaper to create a bright and cheerful bedroom. Stick to neutrals for the walls, furniture and paintwork then add a few touches of blue.

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Cole & Son
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Kit Stone

3/10 Terracotta tones

tribal and ethnic patterns

(Image credit: FuturePLC/Spike Powell)

Tribal and ethnic patterns in tones of terracotta and chocolate are guaranteed to warm up your living room. These curtains featuring a large-scale motif are the perfect backdrop for a stripy armchair.

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Lewis & Wood
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4/10 Door motif

door in a cheery yellow shade

(Image credit: FuturePLC/Jon Day)

A splash of colour is just what's needed for a neutral scheme. Paint the panels of a door in a cheery yellow shade then have some fun by printing motifs with hand-block stamps or applying stencils.

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Noolibird at Not on the High Street
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Vanessa Arbuthnott

5/10 Tangy yellow wallpaper

tangy yellow wallpaper

(Image credit: FuturePLC/Jon Day)

Fill a room with sunshine using a leaf and flower print wallpaper inspired by folk art. This tangy colourway works well with painted white furniture and with hints of zinc or black in accessories.

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Cox & Cox

6/10 Graphic dining room

ideal for a dining room

(Image credit: FuturePLC/Claire Richardson)

The latest geometric patterns have a casual feel, ideal for a dining room. Start with a base of pale grey then make up blinds in soft tones of yellow and chair covers with tiny accents of orange.

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Rapture & Wright
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7/10 Classic living room

classic living room

(Image credit: FuturePLC/Daniel Farmer)

Opposites attract, as proved by this scheme featuring a classic sofa in a deep orange patterned velvet, cool blue walls and carpet, and the latest chunky-knit pouffes in mustard yellow and mushroom tones.

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Pimpernel & Partners
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Graham & Green

8/10 Yellow ochre bedroom

yellow ochre bedroom

(Image credit: FuturePLC/Brent Darby)

Relaxed tones of mellow ochre bring a gentle warmth to this country bedroom, which features small-scale prints for the blind, headboard and cushions, in contrast with a patchwork quilt in a riot of colours.

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Vanessa Arbuthnott
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Farrow & Ball

9/10 Spice-toned dining room

lively mood in the dining room

(Image credit: FuturePLC/Spike Powell)

Paint a farmhouse table in a cinnamon shade to create a happy, lively mood in the dining room. Brightly coloured crockery adds sizzle, while a bold rag rug anchors the country scheme.

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Scumble Goosie
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10/10 Yellow bathroom

Yellow bathroom with bathtub

(Image credit: FuturePLC/Brent Darby)

Mellow yellow comes top of the list for painting tongue-and-groove panelling to warm up a chilly bathroom. Decorating the upper walls in a subtle striped wallpaper emphasises the vertical lines of the wooden boards.

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Farrow & Ball

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Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.