When people think of orange and black, they traditionally associate it with Halloween and SF Giants. However, it’s a beautiful color combination that can be part of your home or office decor all year round. If you love the color orange for example, but are afraid to splash it on your walls in your living room for example, you can start on a smaller scale. Plus, keep in mind that orange comes in various shades from a merigold orange (which is more of a yellow orange) to tangerine orange to rust. You don’t need to choose a bright orange if it doesn’t resonate with you. If you prefer darker tones that evoke more warm earthly hues such as cinnabar or spice, you can start small with accents such as throw pillows, framed prints, vases, and candles. Or, if you want to take it up a notch but not go all out just yet, you can paint your front door or paint one wall orange or black as a focal point. You can choose to make a bold statement by splashing paint on your walls and ceiling or keep it subtle with accents. Here are 5 ways you can use this beautiful color scheme to transform your space into one that you love.
1. Doors and Trims
You can paint your trims and/or doors orange or black to give it a pop of color. It can be a burnt orange or a dark charcoal gray rather than a bright orange or pure black. Used together, orange and black balance each other out and provide a nice contrast of light and dark. Keep the background neutral in white, beige, or soft gray so it doesn’t compete against the orange/black color scheme.
If you have been eyeing an orange sofa or a patterned ottoman, then go for it! If the rest of the room has dark tones and dark patterns, then you can create a focal point by adding a pop of orange as a bold statement piece through your sofa, ottoman, side tables, or even leather chairs. Caramel or Chestnut colored leather can give off an orange hue adding a pop of color in your space.
3. Feature Wall
An accent wall is another way to create a feature wall or a focal point. Paint one wall in your bedroom a vibrant orange, tile one wall in your bathroom in orange ceramic tiles, or wallpaper one wall in a chevron or geometric pattern to draw the eye to the feature wall. It will be the first thing people notice when they walk into the room.
If you prefer to start on a smaller scale to see how you feel before taking a larger step, you can add orange and black accessories through table lamps, bedding, rugs, drapes, fresh cut flowers, mirrors, and artwork to name a few. Don’t be afraid to incorporate patterns in the room to add visual interest and texture.
Paint your kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities in an orange and black color scheme. Swap out your hardware with black or orange glass knobs or art deco pulls. If you are feeling bold, you can jump right on in and paint your cabinets black contrasting it with a lacquer orange backsplash and modern orange pulls. Or, you can keep the countertop and backsplash neutral, paint your cabinets black and add a pop of color with orange hardware.