We have some really wonderful ideas for infusing lounges with the colour orange – it has even got me thinking of trading in a neutral sofa for something with more wow-factor! There are many tones of orange, some are evidently very bright and daring – but there are the deeper red-oranges that are also very interesting to work with. If like us, you have felt the orange fever of late – maybe it is time to take a leap and try some of this vivid colour in your own home. Read on to see how three lounges have been revived with this intense hue.
Our first design features orange with an East meets West look; touches of the Orient peep through what is an otherwise modern styled lounge. Natural materials are another element to this key orange lounge décor – why not make a statement with an exposed brick wall and beautiful wooden flooring? If you feel confident to incorporate a second colour then we would suggest a light green for walls and area rug; if you don’t have confidence then stick with white or cream for the time being.
A vibrant, medium toned orange is brought in with a modern sofa in block colour; choose an armchair with the same style/upholstery or give the room more edge using a traditional Oriental print (try and find one with orange and/or brown and cream.) An Oriental coffee table and room divider in dark wood helps to put the room in focus whilst brown and cream silk pillows soften the sofa.
The second lounge also has an orange sofa! This time though we have chosen a darker red-orange which works really well with cool neutrals – it really is a fantastic combination. Wooden floorboards are good – even ones which show a little bit of wear; take a cool green rug for the centre of the room. Walls and ceiling are painted with a medium grey and woodwork in an eggshell white. Place your statement sofa against a focal wall and dress that wall up with a collection of art or photography with abstracts being especially cool!
What is the complimentary colour of a red-orange? That would be a blue-green – pick it up as an accent in a funky sofa cushion and use shots of brights elsewhere; a contemporary tangerine orange floor lamp and an apple green vase for the coffee table. Little pops of colour around the room keep the eyes moving to see the bigger picture.
We continue with another lounge using deep red-orange, only this time the sofa is neutral! This is a really cosy look but one that can also spark creativity – I know that the TV is often our best friend in the lounge, but in this one I could be quite as happy writing my first novel or crafting something with the kids! Flooring is barely seen – a large area rug with a deep cream pile expands out to about one foot from where floor meets wall. Skirts, ceiling and woodwork are also painted cream with walls in a stunning red-orange.
Touches of white keep the room looking crisp – go with pencil pleat curtains, a pendant lamp and some black on white illustrations or art prints for the wall. For furniture, choose mid-century modern pieces with a grey-brown for upholstery – a pile of reading material casually placed on a side table.