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How to Nail Orange Decor: Heavy, Light and Just Right!

Orange is the undeniable go-to hue for Autumn but it can be hard to get right. Too much of it and you’re on an all stops train to migraine county. Too little and the room can look incomplete. This post will show you how to get it just right!

Orange Decor Styling - Heavy

As you can see above, using high-velocity orange isn’t going to make a room feel soft and relaxing. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a headache just looking at this space. The key here is to ensure you bring in the right shade of orange. This one is too bright and used too much. A softer orange would work better here. The balance is also off; the proportions of orange and soft grey should be switched to create a room that feels more harmonious.

Orange Decor Styling - Light

The room above has a lot going for it, don’t get me wrong. But if you cover the lower half of the image, there’s nothing going on above the coffee table. If you want to add a bit more zing with orange to create some visual highs in the space, consider putting the colour on your walls (a clock, perhaps) or through cushions. Patterned curtains featuring orange would work well here, too. A room can still seem soft and subtle if you use the right shade of orange.

Orange Decor Styling - Just Right

This room is so well considered it gives me heart palpitations. The reason this works so well is balance. The vibrancy of the hot orange tones is softened by using cool blues and dusty greys. There are five moments of orange in the space but they not overbearing. Texture has also been used to reduce the harshness of these bright bursts, and organic materials like wood and cane help to make the space feel grounded. A real winner!

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Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He's also spent time on TV, on Channel 10's Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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