Decorating ideas with an orange couch

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Decorating ideas with an orange couch
Make your orange couch the centrepiece for a warm, inviting living space. (red heded woman sleeping on orange divan image by Maksym Gorpenyuk from

An orange couch might not be the first shade most people choose when buying new furniture, but this sunny colour can bring a punch of warmth to your living room. Like its neighbour colours on the colour wheel, orange evokes feelings of warmth, energy and happiness. These are exactly the emotions you should experience in your living space. Rather than try to tone down the couch, incorporate different design elements to complement the orange colour.

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Classic White

Accenting the orange couch with only bright white and orange accessories in your living room can make the orange pop out for a cool, contemporary living space. Go with a white paint on your walls, perhaps incorporating an orange accent wall or wallpaper that features orange and white designs. A round, white coffee table and vinyl white conversation chairs will coordinate beautifully with the orange sofa. Look for white throw pillows with orange flowers or other orange designs to blend your couch with the rest of the room. Look for sleek statues, bowls and ottomans in orange and white hues. You can bring in a bit of the outdoors by displaying fire-bright tiger lilies in a sleek white vase. If you want a few different colours, try introducing a few pops of analogous colours like red and yellow.

Complementary Colors

To play up the intensity of your orange sofa, choose accents in blue---a complementary colour. Blue couch throw pillows will really pop against your bright orange couch. You could also add some chairs to the room that are blue or blue and orange. If you want to paint your room, the couch will stand out against a blue wall colour. You can choose items in a single shade of blue or incorporate several shades to increase your options. A browse through any art section of your home decor store will reveal a wide selection of art pieces that you can display on your wall with blue and orange hues. For a clever and edible coffee table centrepiece, arrange some fresh oranges in a blue glass bowl.

Retro Design

A retro design allows you to let your inhibitions loose and incorporate bright colours in every hue to coordinate with your orange sofa. Brilliant shades of blue, green, pink and yellow will blend seamlessly with the orange sofa for a room that is fun for entertaining. Browse your local thrift shops for an affordable pair of matching green conversation chairs to go with the couch. Take the time to look for other retro treasures while you're there, such as lamps, bowls and knick-knacks. Go for bold window treatments with designs inspired by the 1960s or 1970s to really bring your room to life. To keep with the theme, stack a few retro games and books on a visible shelf in the room. You can usually find classic board games like Monopoly and Sorry in their original boxes at many second-hand and vintage shops.


Orange is considered a holy colour in India, making your orange couch the perfect centrepiece for an Indian-inspired living space. This is the chance to incorporate exotic patterns and accessories with intricate designs. Choose accent furniture and fabrics with rich shades or red, gold, purple and blue. For example, deep purple fabric with gold details can be sewn into elegant window treatments. Echo the Indian flair for lavish architecture by installing carved arches over windows or in doorways. You can draw inspiration from an Indian sari or purchase used saris from a thrift shop to make your own throw pillows. Decorate lamps to fit the theme by gluing dangling beads around the base of the lamp shade. Art and accessories with Hindu gods like Krishna or Kali complete the room.

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