How to decorate with burnt orange

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How to decorate with burnt orange
The warmth of the burnt orange allows it to work well with many colours. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Burnt orange is a rich, warm colour that adds spice and flavour to any room. It should be used in spaces that need that cosy feel, but also an air of sophistication and elegance. The warmth of the colour allows it to be an excellent background for an entire room as opposed to solely an accent colour. The effect is dramatic, yet comfortable. The colour is also flexible to be used in living, dining or bedrooms and even in kitchens due to its relation to rich food colours. To balance burnt orange, both dark and light colours should be used.

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Things you need

  • Burnt orange interior wall paint
  • Cream interior wall paint
  • Paint supplies
  • Espresso furnishings
  • Cream and muted lime green accents
  • Dark wood and wrought iron decor items

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  1. 1

    Tape off the trim and baseboards. Paint the entire space burnt orange, leaving the baseboards and trim plain. Paint the trim and baseboards in cream to accent the burnt orange. Leave the ceiling white. Allow the space to dry completely.

  2. 2

    Add espresso furnishings such as dark wood or leather pieces in the space. Burnt orange is bright enough to ground dark furniture, but light enough to not be swallowed by their richness. Accent the space with lighter-coloured pieces like a muted lime green or cream chair to balance out the dark and light contrast. Place a light-coloured floor covering down to balance the ceiling and tie in the lightness in the orange, green and cream.

  3. 3

    Place accessories in the room that tie the colour scheme together. Place pillows in burnt orange and cream, or a pattern with the two combined on the seating pieces to bring in the wall colour.

  4. 4

    Bring in fresh or silk flowers in similar tones to burnt orange as they will also bring in the green. The fresh look of the blooms will complement the freshness of the wall colour. Place the flowers in dark brown or cream-coloured pots to match the rest of the room. Large arrangements will add drama and glamour to the room.

  5. 5

    Set up candles in the space to reinforce the warmth and lightness of the burnt orange. The yellowish-orange glow of the flames will look great against the walls, especially for entertaining or a romantic evening. The space will look cosy and welcoming.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not add too many colours to the room due to the richness of the burnt orange. While this colour does match many others, it must be grounded by at least some dark colours. If the room is too light, the colour will stand out too much and not blend.
  • Do not use too many dark furnishings as the wall colour will be drowned out and will lose its effect.

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