The color of warmth and energy, orange combines the cheerfulness of yellow with the fieriness of red. And while it’s known for its bold personality, don’t let its reputation scare you away. This versatile hue can be soft and subtle, too. Whether you love bright tangerine or mellow pumpkin, this month’s color story will show you some refreshing ideas on ways to decorate with orange.
Harmonious and interesting, split-complementary colors will give your room just enough contrast. To find the split complement of orange, look to the left and right of its complement, blue. In the case of orange, the split-complementary scheme would include blue-purple and blue-green.
Before you say "oh, no!" to orange and its split complements, blue-purple and blue-green, we want to show you it truly can be done tastefully. The trick to using these colors in a dining room is to stick with cooler, toned down tints. Anything darker could overwhelm the eye.
We chose a refreshing mint green hue for the walls to complement the casual farm-style dining set in antique white and the neutral area rug beneath it. The oak finish on the tabletop and matching dining seats already have orange undertones, so try accessorizing with mint green plates–the contrast will really help bring out the orange. Simultaneously, the dishware ties back to the wall color, hitting the perfect color pitch.
In lieu of a traditional sideboard, try stacking bookcases side by side and instantly double your opportunity to display orange, blue- purple and blue-green in your dining space. Here's also where you have the most freedom to get eclectic! For example, traditional Tiffany blue canisters and bowls look extra gorgeous alongside more modern, burnt orange accessories.