A shot of warmth is never too much for your home isn’t it? How many orange elements does your design list have? Orange is not simply the ‘autumn color’, or a tone you remember exists sometime around Halloween.
The good feeling of being surrounded with fallen leaves or glossy pumpkins can be present during every season! Besides, the color is gaining popularity in every design sphere, and is more and more frequent in magazines and catalogues.
Therefore, think between orange, tangerine, or rustic, and give your place some extra welcoming mood. It’s time to learn how to use orange in your interiors.
Start with the outdoor area
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Orange interior design ideas are relatively brave, which is why most people give up on them. In case you’re not really sure whether orange is the right color for you, start outdoors and pop the coolest orange ideas you have.
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Remember that orange has energetic and vivid nature, and should therefore be applied in places where a lot of activity is anticipated. It can be too overwhelming on large surfaces, so you better start with catchy details (cushions, Chinese lanterns, etc).
Better yet, you’re dealing with a natural color, meaning that you don’t have to paint a single thing to achieve an orange exterior.
You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables (oranges, carrots, pumpkins, gourds, etc), or decorate with a welcoming basket full of earthy falling leaves. Another good idea is to dispose fall garlands and decorative wreaths on your door, so that visitors will feel welcomed from the very first moment.
An accent wall in the living room
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The best way to apply orange is to use it as the accent color of your reception place (a chimney breast, for instance). Using orange in a predominantly white living space adds liveliness and inspires positive mood.
In a room bathed with natural light, orange can even work on more than a single accent wall. You just need to be creative and to experiment with this amazing color.
Orange in the focus of your theme
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Who said that themed rooms are out of style? In fact, they’ve never been this popular! Orange is a good shade to incorporate in an Earthy theme, especially if you’re trying to add a Southwestern fare, or a tropical breeze with deep blue nuances.
The ‘Orange’ statement
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Orange is the color of brave and stylish people that like to look outside the box. We’re talking about enthusiasts that are not afraid to buy a bold piece of furniture with a striking color, or those who find anything but a playful palette to be dull and monotonous.
Orange is a focal choice, likely to lift the spirit of people inhabiting the space, and it can be used in a modest way that doesn’t make décor appear overdone. As we said, it can be an entire wall (or two), or a simple rug, cushion, or artwork.
Orange in the service of proper lighting
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Bright and glossy orange is a great choice for places that lack natural light diffusion. Wherever it is applied, orange will create a positive environment where you can both work and relax.
Large orange surfaces will decrease the effort of incorporating fixtures, and you’ll need nothing but a single chandelier.
A vintage setting
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If you want a retro or vintage setting at home, you’ve got an ideal backdrop to achieve it. Orange is just cut for the purpose, and it can invoke the same effect in every room. Besides, the process is fairly easy: you’d need mod plastic chairs from the ‘60s, or at least some ‘70s armchairs if you fail to find those.
The setting can be reinforced with shag carpeting, floral prints and decals, or festive plastic lamps; and the indispensable ‘70s wall art for an even stronger theme.
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The first association of orange most people have is that it is a loud and overwhelming color. While this stands for certain tones, orange can be generally perfect for areas that have the ‘loud side’, and require energy and imagination.
If you could think of one room back home that actually needs this, it would be the kitchen. You can either make it striking orange to inspire the chef inside of you; or to keep the overall scheme subtle with only few orange accents (seating, lights, etc).
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Orange is really strong, which doesn’t mean it can’t tolerate another warm color nearby. Brave designers tried the trick long ago, and they discovered that light colors work very well together. That’s why orange appears perfect alongside yellow or red, even when you apply it on large e (walls, for instance).
The thing you need to know is to coordinate tones, meaning that mid-orange walls can tolerate burnt-red ceilings for instance. If not sure, keep strong colors on small details, such as upholstery, or accessories.
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Did you consider using complementary color schemes? It means going straight to the other side of the palette, and choosing the most contrasting color you possibly can.
In the case of orange that’s blue, and the two of them are fantastic for energizing environments and items (remember the logos of famous sports teams?).
Given the contrast between them, they have to be managed with care. There is a suitable tone for every orange shade (bright orange with turquoise blue, for instance).
Orange can resize space
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Orange can make a large, open space look visually smaller or bigger than it actually is. Thanks to this color, a feeling appears that the entire room is connected, or that there are two separate parts that have completely different purposes (a living room and a dining room, for instance).
It means that it could be used both as a blending connector and a strict, contrasting separator.
Choosing the right shade
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Orange is available in so many shades and types that it is almost impossible to discover the one that suits your place the most.
A common guideline you can follow is to use burnt and darker tones or golden patterns in rooms that need a relaxing ambience (bedrooms), while the liveliest ones fit in frequented places where you deal with most of your activities (living rooms, offices, etc).
Orange and creativity
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You wouldn’t believe how connected these two are. Orange is so strong that it activates the mind and orientates the eyes to look for ideas. It is a great choice for offices and children’s’ playrooms, which makes it pretty clear what effect it could have on our mood.
Sophisticated places look amazing with mid-tones or deep, pumpkin orange; while youthful areas use more lively and funny tones. Besides, orange is good to pair with any strong color, meaning that it is a feminine and a masculine color at the same time.
Orange…and more orange!
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Most of the time, orange will be the accent color in your room, but that will not mean that you should limit it to one surface only.
In fact, a single orange item will not really show you whether orange fits the rest of the décor or not. Obviously, we’re not saying that you should apply too much of it, but rather to ‘remind’ people of your statement in a couple of corners.
For instance, you can combine the set of smooth orange pillows with a cute vase, rug, or piece of art. The choice is just unlimited.
Orange blends red and yellow together, meaning that it borrows the warm and welcoming cues from both, and makes a place feel very pleasant.
It is an energetic mood-changer, especially when you use more than one tone, displayed on more than one element. Are you ready to create a ‘magic room’ that keeps everybody inside happy? Choose orange for your home décor and make it happen!