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


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    • @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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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)

  10. 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

  11. 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!

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.