Color Confidence – Accent With Orange

This time of year, orange is everywhere.  We see it outside in the swirling leaves and in the pumpkins on our doorstep.  When we bring orange inside, it offers a beautiful punch of color in any room.  Bright orange accents add energy, while lighter shades of orange can add contrast but still keep things calm.


1. As an accent, orange will not stand out as much when used with colors that are adjacent to it on the color wheel (red and yellow).  Orange works with these colors to warm up and energize a room.

by Park City Architects & Building Designers Jaffa Group Design Build

2. When orange is used with complementary colors (those that are opposite to it on the color wheel), it packs more visual punch.

Bright orange, paired with bright green, adds vitality, energy and a sense of fun to this kids’ play space.

In the rooms below, your eye goes immediately to the orange accents.  Orange used in lighter and more muted tones adds contrast and interest to these nurseries, but still keeps things calm and restful for their tiny residents.

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  • Melinda
    February 24, 2017

    That’s awesome! Thanks for the post. I adore orange in interior and your tips are just in target.

  • Cindy
    February 26, 2017

    Never made smoothies by myself before… I’d like to try!

  • Camila Keys
    February 26, 2017

    Really good looking and bright designs. But before I was thinking orange is only for the kids room, nothing more.

  • Becky
    March 3, 2017

    It’s so unusual – to meet ornage within the mostly classical environment approach in the appartment design. But it looks refreshing and playful. Love it 🙂