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Living room painted in a pale orange tone

Are you thinking about doing something completely different the next time you decorate your living room? If the answer is yes, think about using orange paint colours to redefine the heart of your home. 

Whether you’re considering burnt orange or bold tangerine, this zesty section of the colour wheel will bring boundless energy to your living spaces. Sun-kissed rusty oranges are great for low-key living room redesigns, while copper-infused hues can transform a lounge into a luxurious retreat. Of course, there are always familiar favourites like citrus tones and carrot orange. 

Perfect for adding a touch of playfulness to your interiors, oranges can also be used for more sophisticated spaces. Autumnal hues and spiced shades provide warmth and passion, pairing well with traditional decor and modern interiors alike.

It might be too daring for some, but those who embrace an orange palette can look forward to a living room transformation unlike any other. 

What Makes Orange a Good Colour for a Living Room?

Unfortunately, orange doesn’t get anywhere near enough love as it should. These vibrant shades are often used in kitchens, while there are plenty of orange bedroom ideas floating around. However, we should be using orange paint colours for the very same reasons we’re putting them to use elsewhere in the home.

Orange hues are some of the most dramatic and energising colours around. When used in a living room, they can leave you feeling inspired and ready to take on the day. If you tend to use your living room more during the evening, burnt orange paint colours are a good choice, grounding a space and creating a warm and welcoming ambience that will help you unwind. 

One major reason why people avoid decorating with orange is that they assume colour pairing is difficult. The reality couldn’t be any different. In fact, you can pair orange with all manner of different colours. It makes a great team with other citrus-infused hues like lemon yellow and a dramatic duo when paired with navy. It also looks amazing when paired with contemporary grey colours

If you’re looking for the perfect ray of sunshine to brighten up your living room, why not try Sombrero Tan? A rusty orange with a gorgeous copper tint, this playful shade makes a refreshing change to neutrals and off-white colour schemes. 

The rusty hues bring understated warmth, while the copper tint makes this a surprisingly sophisticated design choice. Use it as a backdrop for rustic-inspired interiors, or introduce metallics and eclectic accents for something more unique. 

More muted orange tones are a good option for smaller living rooms. A barely-there orange will also make a beautiful addition to a more minimalist space. Scalloped Shell fits the bill quite nicely, with this pale light orange paint giving any interior an instant refresh. 

If you usually turn to muted delicate neutrals, this barely-there orange makes a welcome change. What’s more, the apricot undertones mean you can introduce warmer accent colours into the mix such as browns or shades of red.

In the mood for something mellow? Island Retreat is a laid-back peachy orange with a beautiful brown tint. If you’re looking for a stylish swap for your go-to neutral, a muted orange like this one is the way to go. 

The peachy hues bring low-level warmth, while the brown undertones mean you can introduce earthy shades when building the perfect palette for your room. A versatile classic you’ll want to use elsewhere in the home. 

If you want to take a more sophisticated approach when using orange in your living room, a golden-infused shade is the way forward. Pared-back and a great fit for contemporary spaces, Euro Linen is a light candy corn orange that will enhance any interior, without overwhelming it. 

This shade works well with warmer hues but also looks superb when used alongside cool off-white hues and pale blue. If you’re a big fan of citrus colours, take some notes from your living room walls and use golden orange accents to energise your space. 

Candy corn orange is a versatile colour group that works exceptionally well in living rooms. If you’re after the perfect example, take a look at Vintage Marquee. If you’re planning on redesigning your living room and were thinking of using tan or beige, why not use this orange-infused take on taupe instead? 

It might be understated, but it’s definitely elegant. Perfect for larger living rooms when you don’t want to whitewash your walls, this beautiful colour also works well in smaller spaces. For contrast, you can bring in notes of teal or a splash of dark green

If you’re not sold on citrus hues, a rusty orange is a good compromise. Sablewood should suit your requirements nicely, with this muted shade enriched with glistening copper tints. 

This paint colour is perfect if you are considering purple or pink shades, boasting the same elegant aesthetic. A terrific take on orange, this paint rusty hue makes a superb backdrop colour in a sophisticated living room. Use those copper undertones as inspiration when picking out decorative accents to bring a sense of grandeur to your space.

You don’t have to saturate a space with colour to give it a new lease of life. Peach Brick is a soft orange-red and makes a gorgeous addition to a living room in need of a makeover.

As it shares a lot of similarities with dusky hues and powdery palettes, feel free to bring in those shades and jewel tones when putting together your living room decor. You can also experiment with bright tones. Other orange hues will work nicely alongside this peachy hue, from pale neutrals to juicy citrus colours. 

If you want an orange that feels familiar, why not see what Oatmeal Cookie can do for your space? If you want to revive your space with an orange palette but want to avoid overwhelming it with citrus shades, there’s no better choice. 

With understated notes of pink, this orange paint colour doesn’t lack warmth. Use it alongside cosmetic oranges to build a tonal palette, or opt for softer colour pairings like peach and apricot. 

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