In my new book I have a colour cocktail called The Tangerine Dream (which was inspired by the original blog post in the series I wrote back in 2012!) which explores how to decorate with both dark and strong, striking colours in a bedroom environment. With that in mind, I wanted to explore the topic for this week’s Palette Addict post because it can be tricky to decorate successfully with orange and black. The space shown here by Aura Home is an excellent example of how to combine these two hues – by only painting black half height in the space it tempers the intense nature of the noir. The striking result this creates helps to draw the eye down to the bed, almost serving as a painted ‘frame’ for the room’s main focal point. By dressing the bed in bright orange bedding that features a stone grey diamond outline pattern as a nod to the second colour used no the walls, a co-ordinated colour palette is created. Introducing an orange accent against the dark walls and floor works well in a standalone format, as opposed to multiple decorative accessories peppered across the space, as it creates a more visually commanding look. What do you think of this bedroom scheme? Have you ever decorated with these colours in your home?

// Photography by Aura Home | Orange Diamond Poppy Bedding


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. I like how the bold color plays off the black and neutral colors. It makes the orange pop. I never thought of using such colors before in a room.

    • @Kristin – Totally agree! I used black to decorate an old bedroom and it served well as a base neutral to layer brighter colors in elsewhere.

  2. So deliciously masculine and the geometric pattern with a little hint of natural wood in the mug and light is a beautiful balance. Orange is a really social colour and put it with black, the most unsocial colour in the spectrum, and you get an amazing drama. Yum!

  3. I love orange but wouldn’t have thought about using it in my home – I love this room, its a fantastic space and gender neutral. I love the half/half wall. The orange is striking against the black and like you said works perfectly as a bold block rather than dispersed pops of colour.

  4. Thanks for sharing Will, so great to hear all the positive comments about using such a strong statement in the bedroom. We love to get people thinking outside the square when decorating their bedrooms & Love your work, Tracie x

  5. Oh to be bold enough to go for a bright colour like tangerine. The half-wall I could definitely do though, I especially love half white / half grey at the moment. /Niki

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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.