Anne Roselt, Plascon Colour Manager
Let’s face it – neutral and minimalistic fashion shows can be a bit dull and boring, so the bright orange trend seen at London Fashion Week was a welcome burst of colour and energy. This citrus colour featured not only in the fashion but also in cosmetics, and, of course, the energy that orange colour combinations bring to fashion can also be brought into our homes.
Orange Colour Combinations in Fashion
Bright orange and magenta make a wonderful colour combination; the model is wearing a creation from the Monique Lhuillier Spring 2014 Collection showcased during New York Fashion Week.
This colour scheme can look as good in our homes as it does on the catwalk: below is a room designed by Jonathan Adler, with an orange bookcase and a custom-made bed upholstered in a Linley fabric pop against walls painted in a deep magenta.
Orange Colour Combinations in Interiors
The intensity and energy of orange can be a bit overwhelming when used on all the walls. However, its uplifting qualities can be introduced in other ways, like an accent wall. In the apartment below, an accent wall has been used to create a feature wall that would otherwise fade into the background.
Complementary colours to orange
Complementary colours are colours opposite each other on the colour wheel. When used together these colours help balance, but also enhance each other. The examples below show how beautifully the two colours work together. Orange works equally well with dark blues.
Orange is the perfect colour for a dining room; orange is warm and welcoming, it also stimulates conversation and looks beautiful in candle light.
Other spaces to consider ranges include:
- SOCIAL SPACES – Because the colour is friendly and welcoming. Orange in all its tints and shades works well in an entrance hall, kitchen or living room.
- CREATIVE PLACES – Bright oranges boost creativity. Try them in kitchens, work-spaces or creative businesses like advertising agencies.
- DINING AREAS – It arouses the appetite, aids digestion, stimulates conversation and looks beautiful by candlelight. Clearly an ideal colour for a restaurant.
- COZY CORNERS – Softer oranges are warm, cozy and perfect for bedrooms. Because these shades are good for the complexion they can also be used comfortably in bathrooms.
Another great way to introduce orange is to paint a piece of furniture. Orange also helps to warm and balance a cool blue scheme.
The energy of orange can be calmed down with the use of white, as has been used in the dining room below…
If you feel your neutral or greige colour scheme is looking a bit dull and boring, liven it up with pop of bright orange.
Some popular Plascon oranges from our Inspired Colour System include:
- Tangerine Tango O3-A1-1
- Baccarat O1-B1-1
- Spanish Brocade O2-B1-3
- Wake Up Orange O5-A1-1
- Orange Zest O4-A1-2