How to Decorate With Burnt Orange Colors

Written by lori wallace-roberts
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How to Decorate With Burnt Orange Colors
Burnt orange creates a cosy and inviting space. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

One of the first steps in home design is colour selection. The addition of an accent colour, such as burnt orange, can add a touch of warmth to any room in your home. Pair a burnt orange accent with many other colours, such as white, cream, blue, tan, brown, red, green or even purple. Any colour beside or across from orange on the colour wheel will pair nicely with the rich colour. In addition to the myriad of colour combinations, burnt orange can be used in nearly every design style, from modern to traditional.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Wallpaper
  • Lighting
  • Textiles
  • Rugs
  • Artwork

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    Pick up paint swatches or small paint samples at your local paint store and place them in your room. The colour you choose for a bedroom won't likely be the same colour you'll choose for a living room.

  2. 2

    Paint small samples of the burnt orange shades you chose, either on the wall or a piece of scrap wood. Compare these colours under different lighting conditions, such as daylight, fluorescent and incandescent lighting. Determine the colour that works well in all lighting conditions present in the room.

  3. 3

    Paint only an accent wall for a pop of colour or to add a focal point in your space where no architectural details exist. Use wallpaper with burnt orange colours or undertones for specific spaces, such as kitchens or bathrooms. If you're using wallpaper, find a print in which burnt orange is the primary colour.

  4. 4

    Add additional accents throughout the space featuring the burnt orange colour. A living room environment might warrant a large rug featuring burnt orange colours, while a bathroom environment will benefit from a smaller bath rug or an overhead light fixture with a burnt orange glass shade. Place artwork in your room that picks up not only the burnt orange colour, but also any other colours you have in the room. Ensure that your accent wall isn't the only place where burnt orange is displayed; add other elements throughout to create a cohesive space.

Tips and warnings

  • Use burnt orange sparingly; too much in one room will make your room look dark and small.

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