We all need a little spice in our lives to bring excitement, blow away the dark clouds and conjure that feel-good factor.
At home, the easiest way to do that is with an injection of colour – but not just any colour. Orange, with its palette featuring shades associated with exotic sunsets and sultry settings, is the way to go.
The boldest, brightest shades are full of verve and orange gives an instant injection of optimism. Also, the colour is credited with encouraging creativity and producing a reassuring sense of comfort.
Let orange work its magic in the kitchen – the shade is thought to stimulate the appetite.
For a colour guide, simply look outside at nature’s hues, the russet and burnt orange of falling leaves, which blend beautifully with the fading greens and browns of an autumn landscape.
While those shades are ideal for an overall decor theme, be inspired by orange’s more punchy tones. Think about using accents of orange – the colour of Halloween pumpkins – in accessories.
“Orange is such a versatile colour, yet many people are afraid of it because they think only of its more bold hues,” says Judy Smith, colour consultant for British company Crown Paints.
“But orange accents can bring warmth to a home, especially as the nights start to draw in and natural light fades.
“Also, all colours have a loud and soft side, and the in-between shades can work well in living areas.”
For a warm autumnal feel, she suggests combining orange with leaf green and yellow to create a strong palette which harmonises with light or dark woods, and natural materials.
Lift your spirits with a shot of undiluted orange in eye-catching accessories or a full dose of the shade for a room scheme.
Muted, more sober tones of orange bring richness and a feeling of opulence to any setting, and won’t overwhelm a space.
Remember, orange is made by the mixing of yellow and red. If red hues dominate your orange shade, it will have a hotter, more intense effect. A predominance of yellow in the shade promises a more mellow aura.
“Burnished orange and copper shades are on-trend this year, and are particularly appropriate for this season,” says Liz Cann, design director of Sanderson and Zoffany.
“Orange conjures a cosy atmosphere and teams wonderfully well with grey. Use the latter for walls and then choose orange and copper shades for upholstery fabrics, cushions and lamps.
“Ensure though that you choose a warm grey shade, with undertones of brown … to accentuate amber hues.”
Cann passes on the following tip: gold accessories will enhance a sense of luxury, but use silver frames and details for a more contemporary edge.
“If you prefer a sleek finish and a modern style, pair orange with soft grey and white finishes like aluminium and lacquer, Says Judy Smith. “These will act as a cooling influence and give a fresh, crisp look.”
She adds: “Orange gives rooms a lift and demonstrates that you’re confident in your taste. Have fun with the colour, experiment and you’ll be surprised at the pleasing impact it has.”
If you just want to add a touch, or shake off the “room blues” that afflict spaces that haven’t had a shake-up in a few years, add a couple of individual items in zingy orange.
Consider an orange ottoman, ceramic table lamp or ornament. A velvet tub chair in a glowing orange fabric can make a room rock. Fans of retro might be drawn to the idea of a swirly orange pattern mural.
Accessorise a bathroom with luscious orange towels. Add orange-patterned tealight holders for a spa effect.
To top it off, match an orange setting with a juicy home fragrance from an orange-scented room diffuser.