While hugely popular, orange is a difficult shade to get right. Too much and it overwhelms and yet too little can look like an afterthought. It’s also a colour that demands that you dive right in. A fabulous winter pick-me-up for tired walls, a splash of orange can be just the antidote to the darker days and is gorgeous when layered back with winter-weight textiles. See below for some orange colour tips from Taubmans.
Test & Learn
Before you paint, make sure your new, bold orange palette will work with the existing features of the room like window treatments, carpet and floorboards, as well as your bigger furniture pieces, like couches, sideboards or your bedhead. When you’ve made the decision to go with a bold colour, paint one room first so you can better adjust to the change and gain the confidence to continue with a bolder colour scheme throughout the home. It’s best to choose a frequently used room to start with, like a hallway or bedroom, so that you see it often and grow accustomed to it.
Balance orange with white
A secondary colour, orange is a blend of two primaries – fiery red and sunny yellow. They’re bold parents, so it’s no surprise that orange is a daring colour to use in the home too. So restricting the other elements in the room, such as trims, doors, ceiling and bedding to a basic white is a sensible option. Alternatively, adding an orange feature wall, in an otherwise plain room, works well too.
Combine pastels with metallics
Orange doesn’t always mean citrus bright. Picking up from last winter, we’ll continue to see a shift towards muted, warm tones mixed with whites and greys in the home. Pastel orange tones like Taubmans Endure Rosette Royale and Sweet Peach, work particularly well with blonde timbers. This combination will create a modern look with an organic, slightly Scandinavian feel, adding a sense of warmth to a winter palette. Taking the lead from the trends of metallic colours like copper and bronze, hues of orange and salmon, such as Taubmans Crab Bisque, will emerge in winter palettes too.
A minimal pick-me-up
A restrained, natural palette can come alive with the introduction of a punchy orange accent. As more homeowners are turned on to the aesthetic of polished concrete floors and walls, some may experience a turn-off when they start to feel that their minimalist dream is becoming a chilly reality in winter. Orange is a great pick-me-up in these situations. The variety in shades, from autumnal warm to neon pastel, means there’s an option for every tasate. In this case, there’s the fashion-forward neon-tinged pastel of Taubmans Endure Blushed.
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