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07/03/2013 // 24 comments

Palette Addict: How To Use Orange Accent Hues

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Orange is lively and powerful colour that can overpower a room if used in the wrong way. This home office is a great example of how to get orange just right and it works because the orange shades have been used as accent colours to the rest of the scheme. If the whole wall or even the desk had been orange then this home office space would feel crowded and too intense, but by splashing orange into the room via key accessories the scheme feels lively and fresh but not tiring. When opting for a colour match look such as this, it’s important to mix up the textures of your pieces as well as varying the shade of the hue. Here we see how the art work is distressed and weathered, which sits well against the glossy finish of the anglepoise lamp. This juxtaposition brings visual and textural interest to the scheme while also heightening the impact of the different orange accent shades. Do you have any orange in your home? How do you use colour in your home office?

// Photography by Car Moebel

Andrew Dunning

03 / 3 / 2013

Love that sign, totally want it! I’m introducing subtle touches of orange into my own bedroom at the moment. Lamp shades first, then small splashes in the bedding. And then maybe a new striped carpet with one of the stripes a very subtle orange (if I can convince the bf!). As you say, use it sparingly and it’s a great colour to accent with!

SUE

03 / 3 / 2013

I love this series and how you show us how to use different colours in the right way. I would have never thought to turn to orange for a home office but i think this room works very well with it as an accent.

alaina

03 / 3 / 2013

This is so refreshing…. love it!!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

03 / 3 / 2013

@Andrew – I love all of your ideas, especially the striped orange carpet which sounds amazing!

Pretty Dandy

03 / 3 / 2013

Hi Will! This is a nice idea and lovely pic, but personally, I normally turn to yellow or pink, rather than orange for an accent colour.

In fact, I just realised that my home office colour is introduced via a mood board wall where everything is taped up with yellow and pink washi tape!

Becky x

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

03 / 3 / 2013

@Becky – So fun to read about how your colour scheme came about. I love yellow and pink together – in fact my home office is decorated in that very palette, too! x

susan

03 / 3 / 2013

Orange is my go to bold color, love it!

Sian

03 / 3 / 2013

I’ve found myself increasingly drawn to orange as an accent colour over the last fews – not so much the citrus-bright shade in the picture (although it looks fab) but more of a earthy terracotta shade which looks lovely with the modern country look I’m trying to achieve.

In our home office however, I’m experimenting which touches of yellow as a foil to the neutrals elsewhere – never thought I was a yellow kinda girl but have happily been proved wrong!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

03 / 3 / 2013

@Sian – I’m always delighted to hear about a reader who is falling in love with yellow! ;)

Angela Price

03 / 3 / 2013

I love pops of orange. A lot of people think it’s a difficult color to decorate with, but you can make it sing with yellow or pink or green; make it clean with white and naturals like you show in the picture; or even tone it down with brown or navy.

Thanks for sharing!

fateme_interior design

03 / 3 / 2013

I haven’t had any idea about orange design. Now I know that it can be great. Yours are fantastic. Now I like this color :)

ilaria

03 / 3 / 2013

My kitchen is along a corridor and I did two walls in orange … it is so refreshing and bright I have never regretted it in 4 years. I combined it with white and grey cabinets and the 3 colors works perfectly together. xx

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

03 / 3 / 2013

@Ilaria – Wow, that sounds fantastic! Love hearing how you embraced this bold and lively hue. x

caroline @trend-daily

03 / 3 / 2013

LOVE orange, but made the mistake of covering the entire sofa in the kids playroom with it rather that a few accents-driving me a bit crackers now-hankering after a neutral cover with lots of colourful cushions instead-oops!!!! xx

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

03 / 3 / 2013

@Caroline – If anyone can rock an orange sofa, it’s you! x

Rhonya Holman

03 / 3 / 2013

Wow, I really like this idea you share! I personally turn to aqua, pink, or different types/ mix of blue for an accent color. I’m more a shabby girl. Great post will.

Have a lovely week!

mat

03 / 3 / 2013

Like yellow it’s just one of those colours that makes things happen

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

03 / 3 / 2013

@Mat – Couldn’t agree more – it’s one of my favourites!

Speaking of orange, we are buying Astrid a new bike and the one that is too big for her is the most amazing orange! We have to buy the pink one though to fit her, which is also cute. But the orange one – amazing! (Hoping my link will work here – you have to see this bike)

Ingrid

03 / 3 / 2013

orange is my favorite flavor :)

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

03 / 3 / 2013

@Charlotte – That bike is brilliant!

Will, I love this picture and how you give so many lovely ideas and inspiration for transforming our homes! I have some small pillows and little candle tea-holders in a hot orange hue, because I love the energetic feel of it. But most of the time I’m more of a pastel-coloured girl. ;-)

Last year in evening school (I followed this course about colours in your home) the teacher told us that orange is THE perfect colour to use in your kitchen though – it brings spice, appetite and the right energetic feel, the perfect hue for a happy place like a kitchen since it is now the most used room in our homes nowadays. :-)
It made me happy just by looking at this picture too by the way… ;-) Hugs, Inge x

Will @ Bright.Bazaar

04 / 4 / 2013

@Inge – Isn’t the power of colour amazing?! Your evening class sounds fantastic! x

ItsDicey

07 / 7 / 2013

I have a deep love for the color orange. Can’t live without it, though it does need to be used sparingly. Wonderfully bright post!