Soft orange decor – 3 ways to adopt this trendy color

Soft orange is a color that takes over our interiors. If your experience is anything like ours, every modern home you’ve walked into recently has had flashes of burnt orange, rich saffron, and smoky cayenne pepper baked into the color palette (and no, we’re not talking literal spices).

Pinterest searches for a soft orange aesthetic have increased nearly 200% over the past year, according to research by Mojo Mortgages. The home decor trend is to embrace warm, comforting tones like apricot and peach throughout your design ideas.

Designers love it too. From 70s-inspired orange and brown patterns to earthy orange rustic tiles, the softer hues of this typically bright color are absolutely everywhere right now.

While anyone can appreciate its beauty, incorporating a soft orange into your existing color palette is easier said than done. To find out how to embrace the latest interior design trend, we asked the experts for their thoughts on using it in a color scheme.

Lilith is an expert at keeping up with news and trends in the world of interior design. She regularly shares color stories with readers to help keep them up to date with ever-changing trends that promise to add personality to the home. For this piece, she spoke to top designers to hear their advice on what to pair with soft orange to achieve the perfect color palette.

1. Be bold and color your room

A living room with a white sofa and walls painted a rich burnt orange color

(Image credit: Andrew Martin)

To really embrace a color trend, color dipping is the way to go. Nothing says bold like a monochromatic color palette, and the plethora of nuanced shades of orange lends itself beautifully to this trend.

Use a soft orange paint color like Andrew Martins Cayenne Pepper (opens in a new tab) on all four walls, adding pops of other shades of orange throughout the rest of the room. It will also have the perfect warming effect in your home as the colder months set in. “Add burnt oranges and deep red tones in rugs and cushions,” says Martin Waller, founder of Andrew Martin (opens in a new tab). “Think of a scattering of autumn leaves.”

To really play up this idea, try tonal layering with different shades of orange. Use a richer burnt orange on your woodwork and try a lighter orange hue on the ceiling to really reap the benefits of this versatile color.

2. Pair it with pink for a softer edge

A neutral beige dining room with ancient Greek style carvings and artwork, with soft orange dining chairs

(Image credit: Andrew Martin)

Thought to clash by some, the vibrant color combination of orange and pink can actually be extremely complementary thanks to their close positions on the color wheel. A soft orange pairs beautifully with pale pink for a more playful approach to this color trend.

When it comes to creating a color palette using orange and pink, consider the depth and richness of the shades as well as the tones themselves. Design Manager at Christy (opens in a new tab) Lucy Ackroyd explains, “The deeper and more opulent the shade you choose, the more cocoon-like it will create.”

She continues, “Terracotta can provide that feeling of depth and is perfectly paired with softer colors like soft pinks to create a cohesive color palette, promoting comfort and warmth.

For a cozy boho bedroom idea, Martin suggests introducing pink and orange through patterns. “Forget the caution and choose a boldly colored patterned wallpaper in bright shades of orange and pink,” he suggests. ‘Accessorize with cushions and ikat and kilim print lampshades to complete the look.’

3. Layer of green for a soothing contrast

An orangery painted in a soft orange color with a green and white checkerboard tiled floor and a corner sofa with patterned cushions

(Image credit: Max Buston Design)

Take inspiration from the outdoors by adding natural greens to your orange interior. While these are stark contrasts, a soft orange can really accentuate a rich forest green, helping to create a fresh, modern look.

Of course, there’s no better place to embrace orange and green than in an orangery, as seen above in Max Buston’s design (opens in a new tab). The floor design was the springboard for this soft orange aesthetic, crafted from hand-glazed Moroccan tiles.

‘I was then delighted to find Malahide (opens in a new tab) of Edward Bulmer,” says Max. “It’s a color that brings so much joy and depth to the space. It feels completely calm and in tune with the room and the outdoors, and yet it’s a bright, bold orange after all!”

When it comes to pairing a soft orange with green, Max suggests experimenting with different shades of green throughout the space. “A layering of greens goes so perfectly with orange tones,” he says. “There are so many greens in nature and you can use several in a room with care. Either forest and olive greens or emerald and turquoise – the two go together equally well and yet create a very different feel .

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