Decorate Your Home With an Orange Sofa

Orange can be a tricky color to decorate with, especially when the color is concentrated in a large piece of furniture, such as a sofa. The style of the sofa and your decor, along with the intensity of the orange color, will determine the best way to decorate around it, as will your view of the color. For example, if your sofa is an early 1960s piece, you may decide to decorate your living room in a 1960s retro look.

Choosing the Color Scheme
Determine the style you're trying to achieve. This can help you narrow down the other colors or patterns you want to use. For example, a simplistic, modern or Asian-themed room would typically include neutral colors throughout, with touches of bright color, such as orange, spread out in the room. The walls, paint, curtains and other main items should be white, cream, gray, black or charcoal to offset the orange sofa, if this is the look you want. Wood furniture can work in white or chocolate brown, or use metal and glass instead.

Choose a bright color scheme if you want a high-energy or retro-looking room. For example, pair the orange sofa with lime green, yellow, bright red, turquoise or blue pillows, rugs, curtains, furniture or paint. Blue is directly across from orange on the color wheel, which makes the two colors complementary. Analogous colors are the colors found next to each other on the color wheel, which would include yellow and red. Add splashes of white or light gray in the room to avoid too much color.

Use varying shades of orange for a monochromatic room. Lighter shades that work with a variety of colors, such as apricot or salmon, could serve as your main color, with varying shades of orange scattered throughout the room in the form of accessories or other furniture.

Decorating Around the Orange Sofa
Paint the walls of the room a neutral color, such as gray, white or cream, if you want to soften the room and make the orange sofa pop against the walls. Conversely, another bright color, such as a deep, golden yellow or lime green, can give the room an energetic vibe. If you prefer, you can apply a wallpaper with a pattern that includes a small amount of the same hue of orange.

Place neutral-colored area rugs throughout the room, such as white, black or cream, if the floor is bare or the carpet clashes with the sofa. Alternatively, use a patterned rug that incorporates different colors from your color scheme.

Purchase other furniture pieces that don't compete with the orange sofa if you want the sofa to serve as your focal point. For example, a pair of cream-colored chairs can accent the bright color without directing your attention to them. Wood-, glass- or metal-framed pieces can all work with an orange sofa.

Cover the windows with curtains or drapes that match the sofa's color if you want another large dose of orange, or in a neutral color to highlight the orange hue. Alternatively, opt for curtains the same color as the walls to make your eyes travel easily through the room, with the orange sofa as the main focus.

Hang pictures, mirrors, sconces, floating shelves or artwork that complement the colors used in the room. For example, black-and-white pictures placed in orange frames or artwork that includes small bursts of the same shade of orange can tie the decor together.


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