My orange crush

My orange crush
12/01/2020 Samantha Johnson
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Orange is often associated with a new dawn and is the colour of joy and creativity (maybe that is why I chose it as a colour in my new logo!).

Orange promotes a sense of general wellness and emotional energy and, with us embarking on a new decade, why not introduce a hint of orange into your interior design thus creating a happy home with a cheerful mood.

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Burnt orange looks great in formal areas, where as lighter orange shades such as apricot or peach are beautiful in bedrooms and living spaces.

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Softer shades of orange work well to create a sense of warmth whilst brighter more vivacious tones invoke a sense of energy and can also stimulate the appetite and conversation which is why we often see an orange accent in kitchens and dining rooms.

Orange works well with blues but also looks fresh when teamed up with white and is complimentary with neutral colours such as grey and brown and is harmonious when put with shades of green, yellow and red which are the colours it lies next to on the colour wheel.

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If you fancy introducing an orange accent into your home, try to start with a small burst of colour by incorporating some of the ideas below, which you can easily swap or move around if you start to find it a bit over stimulating.

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Orange interior design, Charlotte's Locks paint from Farrow & Ball

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Choose a warming paint colour

Choose a colour from soft salmon, peach, tangerine, to apricot or burnt orange, such as this Charlotte’s Locks paint from Farrow & Ball.

Orange interior design, orange and grey windmill throw by The British Blanket Company

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Orange and grey windmill throw

This 100% wool blanket is made up of orange and grey coloured yarns and finished with a twisted tasselled edge. Available from The British Blanket Company.

Orange interior design, throw by Fabulous Goose on a grey wooden chair

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Mist grey/orange throw

Inspired by the fleeting beauty of misty mornings, this 100% organic cotton throw from Fabulous Goose can add a bit of orange to your interior design scheme.

Orange interior design, Norse Subway Terra Gloss Terrazzo tiles by Mandarin Stone

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Norse ceramic wall tiles

The Norse ceramic wall tile range from Mandarin Stone comes in a wide spectrum of colours including this soft terracotta ceramic subway tile which looks great in both kitchens and bathrooms.

Orange interior design, wave rug by Verner Panton

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Wave Rug

Designed in 1973 by Verner Panton, this seven coloured rectangular rug with its organic pattern will brighten any room. Available from Verpan

Orange interior design, George Nelson ball clock

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Ball Clock

Made of painted wood and metal, the Ball Clock designed by George Nelson embodies the joie de vivre of the 1950s. Available from Vitra

Orange interior design, Louis Poulsen PH 5 pendant light

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PH 5

Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 as a follow-up to his celebrated three-shade system. The fixture emits both downward and lateral light, thus illuminating itself. Available from Louis Poulsen

Orange interior design, Dart Persimmon runner by Roger Oates

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Dart Persimmon runner

Dart is a perfect balance of classic herringbone structure with a strong narrow border. At 62cm wide it’s perfect for narrower stairs. Available from Roger Oates