Orange is an excellent choice for any living space and one that can really add vibrant energy. Whether it’s through accessories or statement pieces, introducing orange into your home can bring life back into the most common areas of your house.
In this blog post, I’ll break down how to use orange in each element of your living room design perfectly – trust me when I say that it isn’t as intimidating as it may seem.
So are you ready to transform your living room? Let’s get going – grab a drink, relax on your sofa, and let’s start planning.
Modern Orange Living Room Decorating Ideas
For those interested in decorating their living room with the color orange, there are various options available – you can paint the walls or incorporate accessories to achieve your desired aesthetic.
Take a look at these contemporary orange living room decor ideas for inspiration. They are suitable for your living room throughout the year.
1- Start with the walls
A great way to add a pop of color without going crazy is to paint the walls of your living room orange, which will create a focal point and make the space brighter and open.
Benjamin Moore Electric Orange is one of my top favorites, as it’s perfect for an accent wall.
A few other options you can try include Benjamin Moore Party Peach, Tangy Orange, Festive Orange, Calypso Orange, Rumba Orange, Pilgrimage Foliage, Startling Orange, Tooty Fruity, Citrus Orange, Burnt Orange, etc.
If you do not like Benjamin Moore, other brands, like Valspar, Sherwin Williams, Glidden, Behr, etc., also make great oranges. Try them out for your walls.
Orange paint is typically made with primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. If you already have these primary shades, you can also create your own color by mixing red and yellow paint in equal amounts for the standard orange paint. Add a bit of blue if you prefer a darker shade.
2- Use orange as an accent color
If you’re not ready to go all-out with orange, you can always use it as an accent color.
For example, you could paint one wall a light orange and use darker oranges for accent pieces like throw pillows, blankets, candles, vases, or even lampshades.
This means incorporating the orange shade into your living room in small doses, adding just the right amount of color without being too overwhelming.
If you’re looking to pair orange with other color combinations, you could also use some good options such as yellow, pink, and neutral shades like black or white.
3- Extend the orange colors to the ceiling
To incorporate orange into your living room, you may paint the ceiling in lighter shades, such as peachy orange. For larger living rooms, consider darker shades like rust orange or blood orange.
When painting the ceiling with orange, keep in mind that the color should contrast with the walls and other furniture items in the room, or else, the entire room will appear dull.
If you dislike painting the ceiling, another alternative option is to include an orange chandelier or light fixture for a cozy atmosphere.
4- Floors are important too
Another great way to make your living room pop with orange is to focus on the floors and not the walls or furniture.
This means you can consider using an orange area rug or even painting your wood floors in a light orange shade which will make a statement and give your living room a more energizing and unique look.
When decorating your living room with orange floors, remember that lighter colors will open up the space and make it look bigger. So choose wisely between different shades and hues of orange, from pale apricot to deep tangerine.
Not all oranges are created equal, and each one will have its own unique effect on the overall look of your living room based on how you have finished the flooring.
5- Add some greenery and natural materials
Greenery is always a great way to add life to any home. And it’s no different when it comes to adding a bit of orange flair to your living room. If, for example, you plan to use Behr’s joyful orange shade in your area, incorporate some flowers or small indoor plants such as cacti or succulents.
You can also add greenery and natural elements in the form of aquarium plants, wood, bamboo, stone, or clay decor pieces that will make the space more inviting for guests while balancing the orange.
What Color Walls Match with Bright Orange Furniture?
There are two options to achieve a seamless look with your orange-toned wood furniture. You can opt for a light, neutral wall color like beige or white to bring a sense of calmness. Alternatively, choose a bold wall color like burgundy or navy blue for a dramatic effect that will complement the orange furniture.
When painting the living room walls with orange furniture inside, remember not to overdo it. A single accent wall in a bold hue, like deep blue or gray, can make the furniture pop. Accent walls can also be complemented by lighter colors of paint on the remaining walls, such as taupe or buttercream, for a more balanced look.
Whatever color you choose, ensure that it coordinates with other shades in the room and that you love the shade for a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing space.
Also, watch the type of primer and paint you pick. Use an eggshell or semi-gloss finish for a smooth, polished look and to ensure that the colors on your walls last longer.
What Type of Flooring Goes Best with Orange Toned Furniture?
When selecting flooring that complements orange furniture, there are several choices available based on the desired ambiance for the room.
One suggestion is to choose a light-colored floor like bamboo or hardwood. It can balance the dark furniture and give the room a more spacious feel. Alternatively, you can go for a darker floor, such as slate or tile, which will provide a striking contrast and showcase the orange pieces more effectively.
Last but not least, you could experiment with more daring colors, such as deep red, teal, or even black. These colors will make a bold statement and really draw attention to the orange furniture.
Which color of furniture to choose to complement orange wood floors?
To make a statement with an orange floor, it’s best to keep it in balance by pairing it with gray or white furniture. But anyhow, if you want to amplify the cozy factor, complement the warm vibes of the orange wood floors with additional warm-hued furnishings.
Here are some tips and ideas to consider before you choose any color combination…
- White: balance out the warmth with a soft white or cream
- Gray: neutralize the orange tone with gray
- Earthy tones: embraces the natural warmth for a cozy look
There are also the jewel tones like gold, silver, copper, teal, and blue that will add a touch of royalty with deep hues.
Gold and orange decor is a particularly stunning combination. Contrary to popular belief, these two colors can complement each other marvelously. Simply use gold as an accent color (such as picture frames, decorative metal objects, trims, etc.) rather than overpowering the entire space.
When it comes to orange, you have two options: you can use it as the main color or as an accent color. If you decide to use it as the main color, it’s best to use a lighter shade, such as peach or apricot. However, if you prefer to use it as an accent color, a bolder shade, such as tangerine or blood orange, would work better.
The Bottom Line
From painting walls to furniture or adding just some casual accessories, there are lots of ways to add a pop of cheerful color orange to your living room.
Whether you’re looking for a bold statement or a more subtle nod to this sunny hue, check out the above tips and ideas to give your space an instant refresh. I hope these tips and ideas have inspired you to use an orange color scheme in your own living room.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls.
He had worked as a painter for over a decade serving customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, and Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.