Colour school: How to decorate with hot pink and orange

Turn up the heat for summer with this fearless duo of dazzling brights.

Balance large areas of intense hot pink with accents of zesty orange, then add furniture and accessories in pure white to bring a wash of calm to the bold scheme. Layer cushions two or three deep to re-create the smart-casual feel of Miami boutique hotels, and mix in graphic prints for added impact

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Balance out lots of graphic prints with blocks of bold colour - if you're using pattern on soft furnishings, keep walls plain for a simple backdrop

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Offset a cerise backdrop with white artwork framed by a tangerine mount


the palette pink orange and white

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splashes of orange white and pink wallpaper

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Mix in splashes of orange

Luxor 105/1004 wallpaper, £80 per roll, Geometric II collection, Cole & Son


pink paint circle form

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Use a hot pink as a base

Bizzy Lizzy Walls & Ceilings, £21.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q


retro pattern with hot pink white and orange

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Add retro pattern

Electrify Tulip 712, £49 per m, Jonathan Adler for Kravet range, GP&J Baker

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Make a statement with a geometric, Sixties-inspired wallpaper, keeping bed linen and window treatments in pure white

Our stylist says:

"Add a fuchsia or orange border to a plain white blind to tie the scheme together"


room decorate with hot pink and orange

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White, high-gloss furniture and simple glass accessories are the ideal foil to a block of busy pattern


zesty shade of lime

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Lime Green: For an energising finish, try a zesty shade of lime, or be even braver and opt for bright neon highlights

turquoise with square shape

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Turquoise: A swimming pool blue adds a daring Miami vibe, but be sure to keep plenty of white in the mix

aubergine square shape

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Shades to avoid

POPPY RED While pink and red sit next to each other on the colour wheel, used together they will fight for attention and overpower a room

CHOCOLATE BROWN This combo was a Nineties favourite, but it now looks dated. Choose taupe or mushroom for a more modern feel.

OLIVE GREEN This colour can kill the uplifting tones of hot pink. If you love green, go for a fresh leaf green or bright emerald, instead


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.