From carrot coloured carpets to apricot bathroom suites, orange has managed to achieve a reputation as a tone to avoid with interior design. It is the most controversial of colours. Many consider it to be the unfortunate legacy of the ’70s. And what an unfair reputation it is!
The ’70s were when the counterculture became the popular culture — and when adults finally felt liberated to embrace immaturity. You could be young again without having to be innocent! This vibrant colour shouted that you didn’t take things too seriously: that you weren’t old and stodgy, that you were not your parents, and that you certainly didn’t have a living room full of plastic-covered furniture.
…Rather, your furniture was made of plastic — and it was probably designed by Verner Panton. But we can talk about acrylic furniture another time.
There is no getting away from the fact that orange has been unfashionable within homes for some years. This time, try not to think of orange as a colour that you should avoid and break the rule book – because, when it comes to orange, the rule book is wrong.
Living Room Accent Walls.
Add warmth to a reception room, with an accented wall. Predominantly white living spaces get a lift from one plain mid-orange wall, set off by a few cushions. If the room has plenty of natural light you can get away with two accented walls without the look becoming overdone. Consider earthy or spice-toned oranges – think terracotta or cinnamon – for a sophisticated classic look.
High Impact Punch
Pair orange with a deep navy blue or aqua for a complementary colour scheme.
Use it as an accent – even just a splash can deliver vibrancy or warmth. It’s a stylish and grown-up way to work this vibrant shade into a space, nodding to the trend without going overboard.
There’s something about a velvet sofa that makes any living room seem simply luxurious. Perhaps it’s the texture or the way the light shines on the fabric, but the couch tends to take the center of attention. Next time, consider something in a deep amber or warm bronze.
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