Orange is definitely a strong colour, and therefore many people tend to shy away from using it in their home. Using orange is like cooking a complicated menu: there’s more opportunity to make a mistake, but if done well, it can be a showstopper.


Why try orange? It is the one colour that is never cold. Comprised of yellow and red, it is energetic, and will give your room, not to mention you, a very flattering glow. If you are itching for a room that isn’t cookie cutter, then orange is a great option since the majority of people shy away from it. And let’s face it, how can you not smile when you see such a happy colour? It’s the cheapest therapy.

So how do we use it properly? It will largely depend on what shade of orange you want to work with. The stronger the colour, in general, the less it should be used. With a bright orange, limit yourself to small pops of colour; pillows, vases, one accent chair, or maybe one accent wall. Ensure you see a little of colour throughout the room so that there is balance and continuity. On the other hand, if you choose a very muted, toned shade of orange, your eye can handle a lot more of it. It could be the colour of all your walls, a large area rug or your sofa fabric.


Always pair a strong colour like orange with a lot of neutral colours (cream, grey, taupe, navy blue, black) to balance its intensity and keep its place as the star of the show. Mixing orange with too many other competing colours will look confusing and irritate the eye.

Colour pairings that work:

  1. Cream White Walls, Dark Woods, Linen & Grey fabrics, Pure Orange & Lime Green Accents
  2. Light Brown or Taupe Walls, Rustic Oak woods, Rusty Orange sofa fabric and area rug
  3. and many more, click on the picture below to see many picture on how to use orange