The painter, Vincent Van Gogh, once wrote to his brother, "there is no orange without blue." A cool color, blue complements the heat in orange. On its own, orange is associated with being a lively color that stimulates conversation, even the appetite. Orange is considered vibrant and flamboyant. It “radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.” It has been said that it “helps us to bounce back from disappointments and despair, assisting in recovery from grief . . . is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirits.” With that as a recommendation, perhaps just a little orange anything in our homes would help! So if you still haven’t shaken off winter cobwebs and spring hasn’t moved you into activity, go with orange accents.
Imagine a family room or living room or dining room or any room where lively activity would (or should) take place. Paint the walls a lovely bright white with just a hint of blue. Add a beautiful sofa in a rich cobalt blue fabric such as this one from Johnathan Adler:
Of course, you can simply start with an existing sofa by adding a cobalt blue slipcover or just reupholster it.
Above the sofa, shake up your emotions and doldrums living with a dramatic orange painting (from WiMDesigns):
For a foundation, add a soft neutral area rug, giving the eyes a place to rest.
But do keep the heat on with color. I love these choices of colors for chairs in these fabric selections from Unique by Chivasso
Keep the color palate bright with light colors in accenting end tables and a cocktail table. Or if you want more contrast, use medium to dark woods. Strategically place other orange accessories in the room or repeat the accenting orange in an adjoining room. Here are some great choices:
Be bolder yet and venture into a decor with orange on orange as seen in this photo, from Houzz.com:
Ready to try orange? Just remember these words from Bourne Creative
"Different shades, tints, and hues of orange have different meanings. For example, dark orange may represent deceit and distrust, while red-orange relates to passion, pleasure, desire, aggression, domination, and action, and a golden orange often stands for prestige, wisdom, illumination, wealth, and quality. A light orange or peach color tend to be more friendly and soothing.
Orange and blue work well together because they are complimentary colors. The orange and blue color palettes are commonly used for representations of play and summer fun, depicting both the hot, summer sun and the cool, refreshing water."
It's also important to note the many variations of orange, from Color Matters
"Orange is an excellent example of this design rule: There are no bad colors; only bad color combinations.
"It’s worth noting that there are many shades of orange – and different meanings. Some may be more appealing to those who find orange difficult: terracotta or cayenne – a dark orange, persimmon - a red-orange, pumpkin - a pure orange, mango - a yellow orange, salmon - a pink orange, melon - a light orange,.
"Darker oranges offer a sense of comfort; some are spicy, some are earthy. Lighter oranges are soothing and healthy.
Happy Orange Hunting!