Curtain ideas for an orange room

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Curtain ideas for an orange room
Soft blues provide contrast and accent deeper, bold oranges. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Balancing the intensity of your orange room with a carefully chosen curtain colour is key to an eye-catching design. Balance orange by muting it with a bolder contrasting colour, letting it take centre stage with a softer colour, or framing it with greys, blacks and white or cream tones. Ultimately, the curtain colour depends on what you already have in the room. Use the curtains to accentuate a small element found elsewhere in the room or bring a completely new colour accent in.

Use a Contrasting Color

If you've used orange on a large wall or in large furniture pieces like a sofa, bedspread or rug, make that colour pop by going with a contrasting colour for your curtains. This option works well if you want a dramatic visual style. Contrasting colours for orange include purple and green hues. The exact shade you'll pick depends on the orange you've picked throughout the room. If you chosen a bold, burnt red-orange to paint the walls, a muted, soft blue for the curtains works well. You've provided contrast in colour and value, because the orange is brighter and has more intensity than the soft blue. On the other hand, a light sherbet orange may do well with an eggplant or even indigo violet panel.

Keep Things in Harmony

For a less dramatic statement, choose curtains in a colour near orange on the colour wheel. Choosing what's called analogous colours typically mimics the colour combinations seen in nature, giving a more subtle look. This works especially well for curtains, since they're there as a backdrop, unless you've decided they're the room's focal piece. If not, reds and yellows are your main choices. These colours are warm, so they create an intimate, inviting atmosphere, whereas cooler hues open up and invigorate a space.

Take Some Color Away

To get the most out of bold spots of orange or an intense wash of this colour in the room, break up the colour palette with grey or black and white curtains. A black-and-white paisley fabric can freshen up the room and add a balance of dramatic mod or delicate vintage style. Slate grey curtains or a shimmery pewter curtain panel can add elegance and refinement to a playful room decorated with orange accents. White or cream curtains can cool things down and let more light in the room.

Go Natural

Instead of curtains, go with shades or blinds in a wood finish. Bringing wood into the room gives it a natural look, and depending on which finish you choose, a sleek or cosy effect. Hang bamboo or rattan roll-up shades for a beach or tropical touch. Dark brown finishes like walnut can ground a larger room where a lighter orange dominates. If you want a natural-looking material but want to avoid blinds, go with linen, hemp, bamboo or organic, unbleached cotton panels. They add just a touch of rustic style and are eco-friendly.

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