Orange Color in Interior Design

December 28, 2016
Posted in Ideas

Today’s post is dedicated to the most cheerful and lively color of palette – orange. How to use it in interior design tastefully? Why are orange lounges so welcoming? And why do you need tangerines in your kitchen? Let’s check this out.


Orange is so versatile…

In moderate and rainy climates, where lack of sun light and bright colors is so obvious, warm interior colors look especially to the point. One of the most active and energetic of them is orange. It’s a symbol of youth, freshness and positivity.  And it’s versatile.

Orange is caught somewhere between red and yellow, and its shades may lean towards this or that side, being more yellowish or reddish. Remember the color of carrot and terracotta? They are both orange, but pretty different hues. In fact, orange comprises brown, beige and ochre shades. Persimmon, tangerine, orange, pumpkin, and apricot – all of them are orange, but before choosing the right tint, we must carefully consider which exactly would be suitable for our interior.

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How to combine …

This may sound surprising, but orange can be combined with almost any color of the palette. Orange and dark blue is a perfect couple. Just imagine orange corals on a dark blue velvet dress, and you’ll realize how exquisite an interior of this color scheme might be.


Darker hues of orange and light blue are another nice match.


Orange and green are seldom mixed in interiors, but in the living nature we see orange lilies among the greenery every summer.


Orange also looks good in black and white interiors.


And creates a perfect contrast to gray backgrounds.


So, as you see, it’s not a color combination that you should care more about. The key point is the right proportion.

How much orange is enough?

Orange has plenty of advantages, but we can’t but mention its drawbacks.

Flaw № 1 is its ability to make the atmosphere of the room by 2-3 degrees Celsius warmer than it really is. Hence orange is not welcomed in small rooms, such as bathrooms, toilets or tiny kitchens.


And speaking of kitchens… Flaw № 2 is that orange causes hyper salivation and is good for the digestion as well. That is why you can so often see it in café interiors, especially in fast0food restaurants: owing to this color people eat more within a short period of time. That is why if you are trying to watch your waist, don’t make the kitchen orange. Just a basket of tangerines on your dining table would be enough for modest appetite, positive mood and chromotherapy effect.


Orange walls and décor…

If you’re fond of orange, you’re likely to be seduced to make all your walls orange. But taking both positive and negative aspects of this bold color, we would advise you to start acting locally: try an orange upholstered sofa, orange curtains, orange couch pillows or lamps – this way if you feel overloaded with orange energy, it would be easier to reduce its flow.

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