Pumpkin, tangerine, orange – a colour family that’s often misunderstood but gaining ground thanks to its nomination as the Pantone colour of 2012. Yes, there’s no need to be afraid of this juicy tone that’s perfect for making a modern and commanding home statement.
All White, Alright!
We painted this dingy room a fresh, matte white to clean up proceedings and create a blank canvas on which to add colour. If you’re keen on a bold shade like orange, you don’t always have to reach for the paintbrush! A white room creates a modern, art gallery feel that will then let additional colours stand out.
Adding colour through larger items like sofas, soft furnishings and artwork can transform a room from boring to beautiful - but be careful to get the balance right to avoid one colour becoming too dominant. We used orange as our central theme, and it appears via the rug, sofa, cushions, artwork, accessories and even the gerbera flowers. While that may sound like a whole lot of orange, the finished room is chic and colourful but still easy on the eyes thanks to the expansive qualities of white and the way each coloured item has breathing space.
A pair of orange armchairs, a single ottoman, a bold desk or a single light fitting like the Uberhaus 1 Light Pendant could be all the colour you need to make a juicy statement.
To ensure our colourful home wasn’t too ‘playschool’, we avoided extra colours that would have detracted from the impact of the orange elements. Instead, we used natural tones of brown via cushions (and timber finishes like the cube tables) to stop the room from looking too contemporary.
In colour therapy, orange is considered perfect for family homes as it improves social behavior. What’s more, it’s a cheerful tone that is frequently used in both senior rest homes and teenagers’ bedrooms thanks to its anti-depressive qualities and its warm, welcoming disposition. Juicy, joyous and jovial – orange can really lift the spirits.
Orange is a very dominant colour and an entirely painted room would be headache-inducing and claustrophobic. It’s much smarter to either paint one wall orange as a feature zone, or to paint banded stripes of orange and white or brown. Try painting the upright sections behind a bookshelf or use wallpaper or repositionable wall graphic with hints of citrus to introduce the colour in restrained quantities.
For a chic and elegant decor, dare to introduce a ‘pop’ of colour with energizing shades!
Colin & Justin