Orange crush

Be honest, if you could import a quick fix of sunshine into your home, wouldn’t you seize it with both hands?

Be honest, if you could import a quick fix of sunshine into your home, wouldn’t you seize it with both hands?

Orange - the colour so associated with burning desert suns, ripe juicy fruit, and sultry, eastern settings - could just be the answer if you’re in the shivery doldrums thanks to the weather.

Colour experts credit this shade with conjuring feelings of welcome and a general sense of wellbeing, as well as encouraging creativity. And if it doesn’t put a spring in your step, featuring this shade in your rooms will definitely enhance your decor street cred, as it’s bang on trend.

Orange evokes the fashionable retro mood of the Fifties and Sixties when it was a key player.

“Orange is a great colour for the home and can help create a warm and inviting focal point in any room,” says Angela Whittaker, fabric specialist.

“It works best in a stripe, plaid or pattern design or as an accent colour paired with soft neutrals such as beige, light grey, brown or cream.”

If you want to make a statement, use it as a big block of colour, or add contrasting colours with similar undertones such as bright pink or turquoise, she advises.

“Both work amazingly beside orange shades and can help you create an interesting and exciting colour scheme. If it’s all getting too hot for comfort, simply tone down the intensity by featuring some neutrals.”

Orange’s popularity reflects our increasing courage in embracing colour in our homes, says Paula Taylor, colour specialist. “After many years of decorating our homes in 50 shades of beige, cream and taupe, we’re now letting our personalities shine through in decoration,” she says.

“Orange tones bring a warm glow and welcoming ambience to any room. It’s a versatile colour, so brighten a plain white room with a neon-bright shade or create a sophisticated country look by teaming rustic browns with burnt orange.

“It’s also effective in a kitchen as it will look cheerful in morning light and relaxing and warm in the evening.”

Taylor points out encouragingly: “Using orange, even if it’s just in patterned accessories, will give the impression of colour-savvy confidence and as summer’s hottest shade it will banish an interiors winter hangover.”

Use this juicy, upbeat shade to create rooms that make you smile.