Bright orange can be tricky to use but it's very effective when done right.
- Sprinkle bright orange accessories throughout a room. In a living room use lamps, throw pillows, vases and picture frames; in an office use bright orange desk accessories; in a kitchen try using bright orange mixing bowls, mugs and other dishes.
- Bright orange can be very effective when used in fabrics. A single side chair, window treatment, or small upholstered piece such as a footstool can make a great focal point when done in a bold orange fabric (patterned fabrics such as stripes and geometric prints are particularly effective). Be wary of covering really large pieces such as sofas in bright orange because you can tire of it quickly. Recovering a sofa or buying a new one can be costly.
- If you really love it and want to make a bold statement try painting the walls. Just be sure to temper them by using simple and calming furniture. Avoid using a lot of other colors because the effect can be jarring. Instead stick with something soothing such as white or a very soft blue.
- For a fresh and eye-catching room combine bright orange with turquoise.
Dark orange is a bit easier to use than bright orange and can help to create a warm and dramatic space.
- Dark orange looks great in dining rooms. It looks terrific when paired with dark wood dining room furniture and can help to create a very dramatic mood.
- Combine dark orange with creams and earthy tones in living rooms, dining rooms, offices, and family rooms.
- Dark orange is inherently cozy which makes it a great choice in colder environments and in the fall and winter months. If you live in a hot and sunny climate try to use it sparingly with just a few accent pieces.
Soft orange is a little more forgiving than the other shades, but all of the same rules still apply. Be sure to balance it with other soft colors. Robin's egg blue, sage green and white make nice companion colors.
Note: Due to its high amount of energy, orange isn't the best color to use in a bedroom. It tends to be too bright and doesn't contribute to a restful environment. If you really want to use it try to stick with a soft, almost dreamy orange. It's the most relaxing shade. If you want to use bright orange in a bedroom try to limit it to an accessory or two such as a lamp, some throw pillows or a piece of art.
Check out some great examples of rooms decorated with orange courtesy of ShelterPop.